From Newark to Asbury Park, at least 16 "Families Belong Together" marches across the state were initially organized to protest the Trump administration's policy of separation children from their parents if they illegally cross the USA border.
A Democratic congresswoman was among about 575 people arrested at a rally protesting the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy on immigration.
Thousands of demonstrators braved the sweltering heat to make their way downtown Saturday to protest the Trump administration's immigration policies.
Trump agreed to rescind the separation part of the policy, but opponents say the administration has no plan for the speedy reunification of those families.
It also isn't clear if families who are kept together will remain so or be separated after 20 days due to an existing court order.
Tens of thousands of people have joined nationwide protests across the United States over the Trump administration's strict migrant policy.
The Department of Justice said in a court filing Friday in Los Angeles that a case known as the Flores agreement allows the government to detain families now that the California judge has barred their separation.More news: Japan's 'fair play' yellow card victory leaves a sour taste for Senegal
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Medical Association (AMA) have both spoken out against the Trump administration's practice of separating families, citing the grave psychological damage being done to both children and parents who have been forcibly separated-many after fleeing violence in their home countries.
Saturday's rallies are getting funding and support from the American Civil Liberties Union, MoveOn.org, the National Domestic Workers Alliance and The Leadership Conference.
People demonstrate in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, demanding an end to the separation of migrant children from their parents. The executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights said she would often tell people about how immigration enforcement was splitting up families and non-immigrants couldn't believe it.
"I met with all 174 of the women that were there and it was absolutely heartbreaking to hear their stories, to hear about how their children had been taken away". The protest focused on Dreamers, those young people who came to the U.S.as children.
"What's next? Concentration Camps?" one marcher's sign read.
Event organizers include Families Belong Together San Francisco, Women's March San Francisco and Indivisible SF.
"They have fear", she said. She said she had been arrested at demonstrations three or four times since she became politically active after Trump's election. She said she was a registered Republican attending her first protest.