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Activists flood Statehouse to protest family separations

June 20, 2018 GMT
People rally outside the Statehouse, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Boston, to protest how immigrants are being treated both on the border with Mexico and in Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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People rally outside the Statehouse, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Boston, to protest how immigrants are being treated both on the border with Mexico and in Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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People rally outside the Statehouse, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Boston, to protest how immigrants are being treated both on the border with Mexico and in Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BOSTON (AP) — Hundreds of activists have flooded the halls of the Massachusetts Statehouse to protest the Trump administration policy of separating children from families after they are detained crossing the U.S. border illegally.

Protesters held signs that read “Families Belong Together” and “History is Watching.”

They gathered outside the Statehouse, temporarily shutting down Beacon Street before funneling into the building, gathering in front of the House chamber chanting “the people united with never be divided” in English and Spanish.

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Organizers, including the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, say they want to call attention to the family separations as well as to urge Massachusetts lawmakers to approve protections for immigrants.

President Donald Trump said he would sign an executive order later Wednesday ending the process of separating children from families