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Hundreds gather on immigrant rights issues in Rochester

Spectrum News

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Rochester’s Washington Square Park in the sweltering heat on Saturday afternoon, protesting against the separation of children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Around 20 faith and social justice groups were involved.

In major cities and tiny towns, marchers gathered across America, moved by accounts of children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, in the latest act of mass resistance against President Donald Trump's immigration policies.

More than 700 planned marches drew hundreds of thousands of people across the country.

Protesters called for  separated migrant families to be reunited, the government to end family detentions and the Trump administration to end "zero tolerance."

Those marching Saturday demanded the government quickly reunite the families that were already divided.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.