In April, President Donald Trump put in a new “zero tolerance” policy that made first time misdemeanors such as seeking asylum into federal prosecution. Since then, thousands of families have been separated. After such public indignation, Trump signed an executive order that ended outcomes of the policy he put in place. However, this did not help the children’s already separated from their parents. On Jun. 30, Merced joined in on the nationwide action and put on a march called “#KeepFamiliesTogether,” community organized event. What looked like to be more than 100 people met at the corner of G Street and Olive Avenue, next to Merced High School, prepared to march to the Merced Courthouse—a scorching hot two mile walk. Every person was chanting at some point, creating an uplifting surrounding.
A young person holds a handmade sign that reads “#FamiliesBelongTogther,” in support of the families separated due to Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy. All photos by Aaliyah Jensen.
Supporters hold handmade signs and march from Merced High down to the Courthouse Park.
Marchers hold signs for cars passing by to see.
A mother holds up a sign that reads, “#STAYLOUD FOR Children!”
Young adults march in support of those affected by Trump’s policy. They are also seen wearing pink shirts that say, “&VOTE.”
A young person holds a sign that says “STOP ICE THUGS.”
A young person gives a thumbs up as a fellow marcher in the background smiles and proudly holds up a sign.
A mother holds her child as they listen to speakers at the Courthouse Park.
Oscar Torres, a local business owner, holds a handmade sign that illustrates border patrol separating parents and children.
A marcher holds up a sign that reads, “HUMANITY BEFORE POLITICS” with two yellow flowers drawn on the front.
A marcher holds up a sign that reads, “We Can Do Better” and a red heart beneath iit. I agree, we can do better.