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Sun Jul 7 2019 (Updated 07/21/19)
Threat of Mass Roundup of Migrants Spurs Weeks of Protest
Outraged Americans Demonstrate Against Trump's Concentration Camps
Plans for a mass roundup of migrant families that have received deportation orders, announced on June 21, set off protests throughout the nation as Americans reacted in horror. Outraged particularly by eye witness reports of mistreatment and deaths of migrant children held in barbarous conditions, people across the nation demonstrated June 22 through July 5.

Japanese Americans were some of the first to organize and demonstrate. On June 22, Japanese American incarceration survivors protested the plan to jail migrant children at a prison camp in Oklahoma that once held Americans of Japanese ancestry. Elders who experienced incarceration by the US government said that, due to their WWII experience when they were forced into camps, they understand how brown and black people are criminalized. In San Jose, demonstrators gathered near the steps of the historic Issei Memorial Building in Japantown on June 27 to say, "Never again is now."

On June 29, people marched for immigrant rights in Fresno's Tower District. On July 2, a national day of action to protest immigrant detentions was called for by a coalition of organizations that included MoveOn, the ACLU, and the Border Patrol Victims Network. Actions were held in Palo Alto, Walnut Creek and other Bay Area cities. Also on July 2, in San Francisco, a street protest set for Senator Feinstein's office at One Post Street at noon grew to an estimated 1,000 people by 12:30pm. Demonstrators spilled into Market street shutting down traffic and forcing streetcars and buses to detour. From Post Street, they marched to the Federal building on Seventh, where they chanted for a representative of House Speaker Pelosi's office to come down and hear their demands.

July 5 was once again the site of protest at the Federal Building in San Francisco when Jewish Americans and others said, "We've seen this before," and demanded the closure of detention camps. Another round of protests will start with an international day of action on July 12 (photo July 12 protest coverage).

July 5 — San Francisco
photo Day of Action: 2nd Detention Camps Protest | photo SF Jews Demand Closure of Detention Camps | calendar Event Announcement | calendar Event Announcement | calendar Event Announcement | calendar Planning Meeting

July 2 — San Francisco
photo Outraged San Franciscans Protest Trump's Concentration Camps | photo Signs Seen in San Francisco on Day of Action to Close the Camps Pt. II | photo Signs Seen in San Francisco on Day of Action to Close the Camps Pt. I | calendar #CloseTheCamps National protests

July 2 — Palo Alto
photo In Palo Alto, 300 Demonstrators Protest Detention Camps | video Singalong at Close the Camps Rally in Palo Alto

June 29 — Fresno
photo March for Immigrant Rights in Fresno's Tower District

June 28 — San Francisco
calendar Event Announcement

June 27 — San Jose
photo In San José, Japanese Americans Protest Plan to Jail Migrant Kids | calendar Event Announcement

June 27 — San Francisco
calendar Event Announcement

See Also: Japanese American Internment Survivors Protest Plan to Jail Migrant Kids at Prison Camp | Threats of Large Scale ICE Raids & Knowing Your Rights | Redadas de ICE: Conoce tus derechos si ICE te confronta | “Never Again Means Now” | Marin Residents Meet To Plan More Anti ICE Pressure | ICE raids targeting migrant families slated to start Sunday in major U.S. cities

Related Features: Under Continuing ICE Threat, Communities Go into Rapid Response Mode | Protesters Call for U.S. to Grant Asylum to Caravan Refugees | Movimiento Cosecha National Week of Action to Abolish ICE Marked in San Francisco Bay Area | Contract with ICE Cancelled at Richmond Jail | Occupiers Set Up Tents and Barricade with Barbed Wire at CIS Gate in San Francisco
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