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Protests to Trump border policy to take place in Brainerd

Residents of Brainerd lakes area plan to protest the Trump administration's border security policy of forcibly separating children from their parents on Washington Street, near the historic water tower (at the corner of South Sixth Street and the...

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Residents of Brainerd lakes area plan to protest the Trump administration's border security policy of forcibly separating children from their parents on Washington Street, near the historic water tower (at the corner of South Sixth Street and the south side of Highway 210), at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 30. Photo Illustration

Residents of Brainerd lakes area plan to protest the Trump administration's border security policy of forcibly separating children from their parents on Washington Street, near the historic water tower (at the corner of South Sixth Street and the south side of Highway 210), at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 30.

People will congregate to demand that separated families be immediately reunified and to stand against any legislation that criminalizes immigrants or refugees.

The event was organized by members of the community and organizations including First Congregational United Church of Christ and Stand Up Brainerd Lakes.

According to organizers, the action's demands are threefold:

• Reunite families now. Permanently end family separation and immediately reunify those that have been separated.

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• End family detention. Children and families deserve due process, not indefinite imprisonment. Children do not belong in cages and internment-like camps. Family incarceration is not the solution to family separation.

• End the 'Zero Tolerance' policy. Reverse the Trump administration's policy that created this crisis and chaos to begin with.

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