Thousands are expected to flood Boston’s City Hall Plaza on Saturday for a rally against the Trump administration’s separation of migrant families.
The protest, organized by a coalition of civil rights and immigrant activist groups, is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at the plaza. Protesters will march to Boston Common, where the rally is set to continue around 12:30 p.m.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh said Friday afternoon that Saturday’s rally was about sending a message to Washington, D.C., to enact immigration reform.
“I think it’s very clear where we stand in Boston as far as being an immigrant city,” he said, speaking at a press conference on security measures for the city’s Fourth of July celebration.
US Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Joe Kennedy III are expected to attend, according to a press release for the rally. Thousands of people have RSVP’d on Facebook.
“It makes it very clear that to us, and to everyone . . . family separation is not something that we’re going to stand for as a Boston community,” said Anwar Omeish, one of the organizers of the march.
Organizers are calling on lawmakers to ensure due process for detained immigrants, and for local law enforcement officers to limit cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Those attending the rally will also protest President Trump’s ban on travel from several predominantly Muslim countries, which was upheld in the Supreme Court this week.
“This issue really affects so many families and it’s so important, and this administration has really taken it to levels that we just can’t stand for, even though it has a longer history in this country,” Omeish said.
She said the rally is not the “end point” of this movement.
“The point is, you show up to this and you commit to supporting immigrant communities in the long term,” Omeish said.
She said organizers have notified police about their plans and expect the rally to remain peaceful.
The march is one of several immigration-focused protests planned around the country this weekend.