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Protesters gather, speak out against Trump's zero tolerance immigration policy

Hundreds of people gathered at Bronson to voice their frustration and opposition to Trump’s zero tolerance policy towards undocumented immigrants, carrying signs reading “asylum is a human right,” and “families belong together.” (WWMT/Ray Hole)

Demonstrators came together in cities across the country this afternoon, protesting President Donald Trump's immigration policy and family separation at the border. More than two dozen events were planned in Michigan, including one at Bronson Park in downtown Kalamazoo.

Hundreds of people gathered at Bronson to voice their frustration and opposition to Trump’s zero tolerance policy towards undocumented immigrants, carrying signs reading “asylum is a human right,” and “families belong together.”

For at least one individual at the protests, the issue has a very personal meaning.

“I remember very vividly the day my father did not come back from work,” Samad Nadeem, a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient, said. “His boss came to our house late that night and told us that there had been an immigration raid at the gas station where he worked. He was detained for several months and I never saw him again. That was 12 years ago.”

Nadeem came to the United States more than a decade ago with his parents. His mother is now seeking shelter at a church in downtown Kalamazoo.

“The event really traumatized my mother. She’s really never been the same because of it,” Nadeem said.

For a brief moment, protestors clashed with three counter protestors who were in attendance, one of which carried a “Make America Great Again” flag through the crowd.

“People come to distract and divide and to draw us into work that's counterproductive,” Jen Strebs with ProKzoo, an activism group based in Kalamazoo, said. “Taking a stand, holding that fighting for what we believe in is important, but also keeping focused on where we're headed and where we're going is what we've got to do.”

The three men who showed up to protest the rally refused an interview opportunity with Newschannel 3.

Several other events were planned across West Michigan this afternoon, including protests in Battle Creek, Holland, St. Joseph and Muskegon.

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