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Tens of thousands to rally at Trump immigration policy protests nationwide

The National Park Service expects some 50,000 people to protest outside the White House and the Department of Justice on Saturday, rallying against the Trump administration's immigration policy. Planned in less than two weeks, the protest will feature speakers including Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, actor America Ferrera, and survivors of the Holocaust.

"I felt we really needed something that was easy for people to get to," said Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), who helped coordinate the event. "The die-hards among us could go to the border, but we really needed to have something that got people in the streets, that hundreds of thousands could participate in."

About 600 additional "Families Belong Together" protests are planned nationwide and among expat communities in some cities abroad. "I'm not a radical, and I'm not an activist," said Portland demonstrator Kate Sharaf. "I just reached a point where I felt I had to do more."