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A girl wears a jacket that references that of the First Lady Melania Trump during a CASA in Action rally at Freedom Plaza in downtown Washington, D.C. The protest was organized to protest the Trump Administration zero tolerance policy that separates children from their families at the southern border Wednesday June 27, 2018. (Photo: Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images)

Nationwide protests against 'zero tolerance' illegal immigration policy

Small groups of protesters in cities across the United States are camping outside offices used by federal immigration agents, seeking to disrupt deportations in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s tough stance on illegal immigration.

The protests, which began last week in Portland, Oregon, were spurred by news and images of migrant children from Central America being separated from their parents after crossing the U.S. southern border under Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, organizers said.

The protests have since spread to New York City, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Diego and Chicago, among other cities, causing minor disruptions to immigration officials, and in some cases criticized as well meaning but misguided by immigrant rights groups.

Led by local anarchist organizations and chapters of the Democratic Socialists of America, the protests are calling for the abolishment of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ICE was created in 2003 by Republican President George W. Bush in response to the attacks by al Qaeda on Sept. 11, 2001. (Reuters)

Here’s a look at nationwide protests the Trump administration’s policy sparked.

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