Thousands in Atlanta rally against immigration policy

U.S. Rep. John Lewis speaks to the thousands gathered in Atlanta for the Families Belong Together march and rally. (Photo: Danny Robbins/AJC)

An estimated crowd of several thousand people marched peacefully Saturday morning in Atlanta as part of a national effort to spotlight U.S. immigration policies that are separating children from their parents.

The Families Belong Together event brought a large crowd together after a roughly half-mile procession that started at the Atlanta Detention Center and ended at the Richard B. Russell Federal Building.

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The Atlanta event was among such marches and rallies planned across the nation Saturday.

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