Racist US president Donald Trump was forced into a tactical retreat over his anti-migrant racism last week—then ramped up his war on migrants further.
US immigration policies have ripped 2,300 children from their parents who were held as undocumented migrants at the US-Mexico border.
Where those children are now is not clear—most have not been reunited with their parents.
Trump dropped the separation policy in the face of huge anger, and protests involving tens of thousands of people across the US.
But Trump has not backed down far.
A US Navy memo leaked last week revealed plans to build camps large enough to detain up to 120,000 migrants arrested at the border.
The Department of Defence last Thursday announced four new camps on army bases to increase detention capacity by another 20,000.
That gives an idea of the scale of Trump’s racist crackdown.
Trump’s move will also create more problems. His “zero tolerance policy” means that undocumented migrants are treated as criminals.
They could then be detained in federal prisons—but it is not yet clear what will happen to their children.
Thousands of people demonstrated in San Diego on Saturday.
In Fort Wayne, Indiana, activists protested outside a meeting given by racist attorney general Jeff Sessions.
Protests took place in dozens of other towns and cities, including ones along the border between the US and Mexico.
More protests were set to take place this Saturday.
Protesters blocked a bus carrying immigrants in McAllen, Texas. Coinciding with the protest, some Democratic politicians visited a detention centre near the town.
“In terms of reunification, I have zero—zero—understanding that anyone has been reunited with their parents,” said Congressperson Jackie Speier from California.
Democratic senator Elijah Cummings said, “We all should be able to agree that in the United States of America, we will not intentionally separate children from their parents.”
However, while opposing separation, the Democrats introduced a bill which would have meant families were to be detained together.
Just as activists are maintaining pressure on Trump in the US, so can people in Britain.
Big protests will send a message that Trump is toxic. It will give US activists extra confidence to fight back.
Many establishment figures in Britain who object to Trump’s attacks support anti-migrant policies in Britain.
Britain has some of the most brutal rules governing people’s ability to move here.
Families are broken up and made to jump through hoops to see each other.
At least 15,000 children in Britain are growing up without both parents because government policy prevents families reuniting unless their parent already living here earns above £18,600.
That means some parents are locked out of the country.
That’s another reason why protesting against Trump when he comes here is important.
The most important protest is on Friday 13 July in London.
It will be an opportunity to send a message to Trump that he’s not welcome—and to strike a blow against the Tories’ racist policies.