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    SF Residents Protest as Reunification Deadline Approaches

    Demonstrators rally in San Francisco as the U.S. Department of Attorneys faced a deadline to provide a list of more than 100 children, all under 5 years old, who were separated from their parents as they crossed the border into the U.S. Thom Jensen reports.

    (Published Saturday, July 7, 2018)

    Rallies demanding that President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence be removed from office took place Saturday at San Francisco's Federal Building and across the country.

    A rally themed, "This nightmare must end: The Trump/Pence regime must go," started at noon Saturday at the Federal Building. A group identifying itself as RefuseFascism.org is held the events in cities that also include Atlanta, Boston and Los Angeles.

    After the rally at the Federal Building, the San Francisco protesters marched to the headquarters of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    "If we allow this regime to get away with caging children, they know there is nothing they can't get away with," Sunsara Taylor of RefuseFascism.org said in a statement. She added, "We must drive them from power."

    San Francisco Residents Rally for Reuniting Families

    [BAY] San Francisco Residents Rally for Reuniting Families

    Demonstrators rally in San Francisco as the U.S. Department of Attorneys faced a deadline to provide a list of more than 100 children, all under 5 years old, who were separated from their parents as they crossed the border into the U.S.

    (Published Saturday, July 7, 2018)

    Conceding that the demands are unusual, "Stopping this cannot wait until November," Taylor said.

    The rally came as the U.S. Department of Attorneys faced a deadline to provide a list of more than 100 children, all under 5 years old, who were separated from their parents as they crossed the border into the U.S.

    "They will begin looking for the parents, both in this country and abroad, and it’s critical that our government use the private resources that are available," said American Civil Liberties Union attorney, Lee Gelernt.

    Despite public protests, the Department of Health and Human Services says it will only be able to reunite about half of the 100 children under 5 by Tuesday, as it runs DNA testing trying to match families.

    "This country has a responsibility, because of its role in the world," said Bruce Neuberger from Refuse Facism. "To embrace people and help them and protect them and they are doing exactly the opposite." 


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