Hundreds Flood Rittenhouse to Protest Pence in Philly

Demonstrators welcomed the vice president Philly-style and denounced the Trump administration’s controversial border separations. Here are scenes from the rally.

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Photos courtesy of Sara Nović

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Rittenhouse Square to give Mike Pence a true Philadelphia welcome on Tuesday evening.

The vice president arrived around 5 p.m. to attend a nearby fundraiser for the Republican Governors Association. Meanwhile, demonstrators chanted and shouted in the park, making known their disapproval of the Trump administration’s increasingly controversial policy of separating undocumented immigrants from their children at the U.S. border with Mexico.

In a symbolic move, protesters piled dozens of shoes in the park to send a message about the nearly 2,000 immigrant children who were separated from their parents during attempts to cross the U.S. border during a six-week period this spring.

The rally was primarily held in opposition of the uptick in border separations, which have garnered condemnation from both Democrats and Republicans (like senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey here in Pa., as well as all five living First Ladies) and are largely a result of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. City Councilwoman Helen Gym and city controller Rebecca Rhynhart were among those who attended.

Police said one man at the protest was given a summary citation. Authorities told that he jumped on the back of a vehicle driven by a Secret Service agent.

Here’s a roundup of photos and videos from the rally.