Hundreds arrested at Washington protest over Trump immigration policy

Hundreds arrested at Washington protest over Trump immigration policy

Hundreds arrested at Washington protest over Trump immigration policy

Capitol Police arrested almost 600 Women's March protesters who filled the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill today in opposition to the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" border enforcement policies.

The protest, organized by a coalition of organizations including the Women's March and local immigrant advocacy group CASA de Maryland, was meant to demand the abolishment of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and an end to family detentions for migrants crossing the southern border.

After chanting "we care" and "shame", the group ventured down Pennsylvania Avenue, past Trump International Hotel, until they reached the Hart Senate office building. Many were draped in foil sheets as a statement on the flimsy bedding given to children and adults as they are held at USA border detention facilities.

In addition to denouncing the conditions at immigrant detention centers and calling for the abolition of ICE, women also responded to Melania Trump's "I Really Don't Care".

Among those arrested in the senate building were Pramila Jayapal, a Democratic member of Congress representing Seattle.

The protest of President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy consisted of hundreds of women, coming to Washington, D.C., from 47 states, many of whom wore white, according to The Washington Post.

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Jayapal was protesting the "inhumane and cruel" immigration policies of President Donald Trump, she said. Following Trump's signing of an executive order last week-only after the policy sparked worldwide outrage-Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents will no longer separate families. Elizabeth Warren of MA joined in solidarity with the protesters.

Capitol Police warned protesters that if they did not leave the building they would be arrested. The officers said the protesters could have demonstrated outside but were arrested for being inside. As the demonstrators inside the Hart building were rounded up in groups of a dozen or more, they continued to chant and sing. Police took about an hour to clear the building.

The Democratic senator Jeff Merkley of OR, who was one of the first to draw attention to children being held in detention camps along the border after being separated from their parents, appeared before the crowd.

About 750 similar protests have been planned throughout the country in every state, from big cities such as NY and Los Angeles to tiny ones such as Antler, N.D., population 28.

"I decided that I, too, would sit down with them and submit to arrest", Jayapal said.

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