NEWARK, NJ - In South Orange and Maplewood, rallies were held outside the train stations on Saturday morning before protestors took the train to join protests in Newark, which were part of nationwide protests being held against President Donald Trump's immigration policies.
The "Families Belong Together" protest started at Newark City Hall and was organized by immigration advocacy groups, including Make the Road NJ, New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice and Wind of the Spirit. In SOMA, the rallies were organized by SOMA Action.
Elected officials also joined the rally in Newark, including Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman and Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker.
The state's first lady, Tammy Murphy, also joined leaders at the steps of city hall. She noted her husband signed an executive order which prohibited state resources from being used to assist the Trump administration's family separation policies.
She said her husband supports all families "regardless of immigration status."
Demonstrators called for an end to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security. ICE was formed following the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
Trump recently started a "zero-tolerance" policy, which caused undocumented parents to be separated from their children at the border. The president, facing backlash, eventually signed an executive order which allowed for families to be detained together.
In South Orange, those joining the march in Newark held signs with messages that included, "No human is illegal," "Make America beautiful again," and "I have zero tolerance for Donald trump."