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About two dozen people protested President Trump's immigration policies at Central Park in Mason City Saturday.

MASON CITY | About two dozen people protested President Donald Trump's immigration policies this weekend, specifically the fact that families members are being separated.

A few held signs and the group was eventually led around in a circle around the Central Park bus station parking spaces by Phillip Sanchez, who ran for city council last fall.

The protest was part of a nationwide event Saturday titled "Families Belong Together," all centered around current events concerning immigration policy.

Trump has backed away from family separations amid bipartisan and international uproar. His "zero tolerance policy" led officials to take more than 2,000 children from their parents as they tried to enter the country illegally, most of them fleeing violence, persecution or economic collapse in their home countries.

Hundreds of thousands of marchers gathered in all 50 states and Puerto Rico to protest Trump's policies and to urge his administration to reunite families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The president took to Twitter amid the protests, first to show his support for Immigration and Customs Enforcement as some Democrats called for major changes to the agency. Tweeting Saturday from New Jersey, Trump urged ICE agents to "not worry or lose your spirit" and wrote that "the radical left Dems want you out. Next it will be all police."

He later tweeted that he never pushed House Republicans to vote for immigration overhaul measures that failed last week, contradicting a post three days ago in which he urged GOP congressional members to pass them.

 — Steve Bohnel

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Information from the Associated Press contributed to this report. Contact Steve at 641-421-0527 or on Twitter @Steve_Bohnel.



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