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Immigration laws are sparking protests

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Dozens of rallies are being held around the country of protest the separation of families at the U.S. - Mexico boarder

Meanwhile, in Washington, lawmakers are weighing in on the issue.

Immigration activists gathering around the country this week, showing their opposition to the separation of families at the boarder.  Hundreds of children, possibly more, have been separated from their parents as a result of the Trump Administration's new Zero tolerance policy on illegal immigration. 

"Having children does not give you immunity from arrest and prosecution," Jeff Sessions, Attorney General, said. " Bringing children with you doesn't guarantee you won't get prosecuted."

One attorney says some parents claim they have been told their children are being taken to be cleaned up. Then the adults don't see them again.  She also says the government is, "Essentially torturing people by doing this."

Natalia Cornelio, attorney for Texas Civil Rights Project said, " One of the women that i interviewed today told me that she was breast feeding her daughter when the government took her daughter from her."

A customs and Boarder Protection Official responded to what Cornelo told CNN, saying the allegations were unsubstantiated and "nothing can be further from the truth."

Nonetheless, Democrats are criticizing the practice.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-House Minority Leader said, "To the barbaric and unacceptable policy of ripping children from the arms of their parents at the boarder, barbaric, that's not American.  It's not faith based."

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