Live Updates: Families Belong Together Rallies In Atlanta, Savannah

Protesters of the Trump administration's policy of detaining families and separating children from parents who enter the Unites States illegally are gathering Saturday in cities across Georgia.

Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Brunswick, Dalton, Lawrenceville, Lumpkin, Savannah and Valdosta will be represented, according to the official website.


Community organizers in Atlanta marched to the federal courthouse "in support of immigrant families being torn apart by ICE and the current administration," according to a tweet by the Georgia Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents.

3 p.m.: Many people speak and exchange hugs, showing they are all in favor of immigrants in the United States.

2 p.m.: Protesters gather in Savannah as rain delays the start of the march.

11:20 a.m.: Rep. John Lewis joins the demonstration and speaks.

10:45 a.m. Thousands of people pack the streets for blocks as far as they eye can see.

Thousands of people pack the streets of downtown Atlanta Saturday for the Families Belong Together march.
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10:30 a.m. Hundreds of people are gathered and Rep. Hank Johnson speaks to the crowd.

9:50 a.m. People have begun spilling into the streets at the detention center because sidewalks are full. Police have streets blocked off.

8:25 a.m.: Police set up protective barricades in front of the Atlanta City Detention Center, which is a rally point for Atlanta’s #FamilesBelongTogether march.

Police set up protective barricades in front of the Atlanta City Detention Center Saturday June 30.
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Savannah’s Families Belong Together rally begins at 2 p.m. in Johnson Square Park.

Organizers say the group will then march through the historic district to Savannah City Hall, where speakers, including Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Lisa Ring will address the crowd in the heart of the city’s tourism area.

Churches and immigrant advocacy groups organized the event.