WASHINGTON — This weekend’s planned white nationalist rally will take place Sunday in Lafayette Park in front of the White House. The Unite the Right 2 rally is timed for the one-year anniversary of the first Unite the Right in Charlottesville, Virginia, which escalated into chaos and violence resulting in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
Charlottesville police were widely criticized for their handling of last year’s rally, but D.C. authorities are vowing to prevent violence. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Police Chief Peter Newsham have promised a massive security mobilization to keep protesters and counter-protesters apart.
“We have a number of techniques to keep them separate,” Newsham said. “We’re accustomed to protests in Washington and the rules are pretty simple: don’t hurt anyone and don’t break anything.”
While the White House will be the backdrop of the rallies, President Donald Trump will not be in town.
We’ll have an update on the preparations for the rally from our D.C. bureau at 7pm.
There are still 559 immigrant children who have not been reunited with their parents according to a new court filing from the Trump administration.
Of the more than 2,500 originally separated, 1,569 children have been reunited with their parents who are in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The Trump Administration says 386 children had not been reunited because their parents were "outside the U.S." There have been previous instances of parents being deported without their children.
Meanwhile, the government has not made contact with the parents of 51 children whose parents were released into the interior of the U.S.
The family separations are a result of the Trump Administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy. The policy sparked uproar and has since been reversed.
Reporters Emma Platoff of the Texas Tribune and Bob Garrett of the Dallas Morning News join our reporter roundtable at 7pm to discuss the latest on family separations, DACA and the midterms.