Thousands participate in Families Belong Together protest in downtown San Diego

As many as 5,000 people took part in the Families Belong Together rally on Saturday, which started around 10 a.m. near the downtown San Diego Civic Center and finished with a march to the San Diego field office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Front Street.

Wendy Batterson — a leader of San Diego Indivisible, which planned the action — was one of several speakers at the march.  He said, “The rally is not a political rally, it’s a rally about humanity.”

“I want people to help me say no to separating families,” Batterson said. “Now we are criminalizing families and using it as an excuse to lock them up and keep them in detention centers as families.”

A watch commander at the San Diego Police Department said he was unaware of any arrests stemming from the protest.

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