“Households Belong Collectively” marches scheduled Saturday within the NM »Albuquerque Journal

Faithful protesters gathered at the State Capitol to denounce the support of the New Mexico Republican government, Susana Martinez, for federal immigration policies in Santa Fe Thursday. The protesters ignored the request to leave the building as it was closed to visitors. At least three were arrested by the state police, who are keeping the governor safe. (AP Photo / Morgan Lee)

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Dozens of groups across the state plan to join a national movement today with scheduled rallies and marches, “Families Belong”.

The protests aim to separate detained migrants from their children and other immigration policy issues.

President Donald Trump signed an ordinance to end the practice last week, but the Families Belong Movement is calling for children who have already been separated to be reunited with their families immediately.

More than 750 events are planned in all 50 states plus Puerto Rico and St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. Hundreds of thousands are expected.

In Albuquerque, the New Mexico ACLU, New Mexico Immigrant Law Center, ProgressNow New Mexico, and several other groups will gather in Civic Plaza from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. today.

“It’s a very important topic that has really got our communities going,” said Alex Curtas of ProgressNow New Mexico. “I think people should think about getting out because all families deserve to be kept intact.”

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Congressman Michelle Lujan Grisham and Mayor Tim Keller are also expected.

Curtas said they expect between 4,000 and 5,000 people to attend the Albuquerque event.

All around the state, events are planned in Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Columbus, Farmington, Gallup, Roswell, Santa Fe, Silver City, Socorro, Tierra Amarilla and Truth or Consequences.

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