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The U.S. Capitol was the stage for a protest started by the "Families Belong Together" movement Wednesday. (AP File)

Protesters urge Congress to '#DefundHate' with rally at the Capitol


WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — Members of the "Families Belong Together" movement gathered in Washington again Wednesday afternoon to call for reduced funding for the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The event's Facebook page said it wanted to demand Congress hold the groups "accountable for their continuing cruelty and attacks on immigrants — family separation, children in detention, tear gas used at the border — and call for their funding to be reduced."

The "Families Belong Together" movement began earlier this year in response to family separation at the border. It includes nearly 250 organizations across the country that aim to stop separation at the border and help reunite the families affected.

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