Immigration activists, teachers and members of the clergy protested against U.S. President Donald Trump's tough stance on illegal immigration on Tuesday. The protests have been spurred by news and images of migrant children from Central America being separated from their parents after crossing the U.S. southern border under Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy.
In Los Angeles, California clergy members, including Rabbis, pastors and other faith leaders, lined up outside the federal court house building ahead of a visit by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. They were later seen being taken into custody in a series of planned arrests, local media reported.
Rabbi Jonathan Klein, who helped organized the protest, told the Los Angeles Times that demonstrating against U.S. President Trump’s immigration policies aligns directly with his faith.
“We are building a just and sacred society,” Klein said. “My faith says I have no choice but to be here.”
In El Paso, Texas, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten joined activist groups and teachers to protest Trump's border policies.
Reuters contributed to this report
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