Hundreds arrested in DC protesting Trump immigration policy

A demonstrator shows a sign on her hands during a rally and march calling for

A demonstrator shows a sign on her hands during a rally and march calling for"an end to family detention and in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration in Washington U.S

Facing a massive public backlash, last week Trump issued an order allowing families to stay together after being detained at the border. In the video, she said that she was "protesting the inhumane and cruel zero tolerance policy of Donald Trump and this administration, the separation of families, the caging of children, the imprisonment of asylum seekers who just seek a better life".

Several Democratic lawmakers including Sen.

A large group of women occupied the Hart Senate Office building in Washington on Thursday in protest of Trump administration immigration policy.

The "zero tolerance" policy has accelerated the separation of children and parents at the border.

They came from all over, took planes and buses from 47 states, slept at friends' homes or in churches and prepared to be arrested Thursday in Washington, D.C.

Congressmember Pramila Jayapal was arrested Thursday at a demonstration in Washington D.C., protesting the Trump administration's controversial immigration policies.

The protest was organized and promoted by Women's March, the same group that mounted a massive protest effort past year shortly after President Donald Trump took office.

Eva Malecki, a spokeswoman for the United States Capitol Police, said 575 individuals were charged with unlawfully demonstrating in the atrium of the building.

The protest began in the streets of DC before moving to the Hart building, one of three Senate office buildings.

Winnie Wong, political adviser for the Women's March, said the crowd's fervor will translate into "the energy we will need to see to at the ballot box in November", when congressional control will be at stake.

Demonstrators at the protest wrapped themselves in foil to represent the foil-like sleeping bags migrant children slept in at detention facilities after being separated from their parents. Kirsten Gillibrand also appeared at the demonstration, calling it "an awesome protest of women speaking out to be heard".

Hundreds of people gathered at a rally outside a federal courthouse in Brownsville, Texas, near the US-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley. Eight people also were arrested outside an Ice building in Portland, Oregon, that has been closed because of a round-the-clock demonstration.

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