Thousands in the Streets Nationwide as Weekend of Action Kicks Off
"It's heartbreaking to see the country I love going through this."
The resistance is taking many forms this weekend, with some constituents showing up to lawmakers' town hall events to demand accountability and others taking to the streets to protest the Trump administration and its draconian policies.
Nearly 1,700 people marched in Dallas on Saturday, demonstrating solidarity with refugees and immigrants impacted by President Donald Trump's recent executive orders as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids.
Megan Karimi, who emigrated to the U.S. from Iran after the 1978 revolution, told the Dallas Morning News that she attended the march to support fellow immigrants.
"I came from a revolution and left to get away from that, and now I have to do that again here?" she said. "It's heartbreaking to see the country I love going through this."
Quite a turn out for President's Day Weekend march in downtown Dallas. pic.twitter.com/nSmJJRkoGb
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Meanwhile, a whopping 21,000 people have said they plan to attend Saturday's "Free the People Immigration March" in downtown Los Angeles, whose organizers have drafted a "People's Declaration" that declares the city to be "a sanctuary for all." Among other demands, the march organizers call for "an immediate stop to the ICE raids and deportations" and vow to "rebel against Trump's actions at every step of the way."
Follow the Los Angeles protest under the hashtag #freethepeople:
Other anti-Trump events took place in New York City and Sarasota, Florida on Saturday, while additional protests are slated for Sunday and Monday. NBC News has a run-down of some of the largest planned demonstrations.