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Rep. Pramila Jayapal arrested during immigration protest in U.S. Senate building

A demonstrator shows a sign on her hands during a rally and march calling for Rep. Pramila Jayapal arrested during immigration protest in U.S. Senate building
Charlie Simmons | 30 June, 2018, 09:28

In response to her arrest, the Congresswoman sent out a second tweet noting she was among 500 arrested.

The number of rallies, protests and marches planned for Saturday to protest the Trump administration's immigration policies has expanded to more than 700 nationwide, organizers said.

Demonstrators calling for "an end to family detention" and in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration rally at the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 28. The protesters, mostly women dressed in white, chanted, "Say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcome here".

Organized by the Women's March, protesters hit the streets in a "mass civil disobedience" to denounce President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which separated over 2,400 children (many of whom have yet to be reunited with their families) at the border.

In a written statement, the Capitol police said around 575 people were charged with unlawfully demonstrating inside the office building.

The groups are asking march attendees to wear white as a "striking visual symbol" to bring participants together and "channel historic social justice movements unified by one color of clothing", the FAQ says.

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Their three main demands from the government: abolish the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency, end the practice of detention centers and the zero tolerance policy.

His comments come as the administration works to end the Obama-era policy of separating migrant children from their families at the border. "And as a member of Congress, I refuse to let this president and this administration do what they are doing to children, to parents, to asylum seekers in my name".

Capitol Police arrested almost 600 people, who engaged in protests with several Democrat lawmakers.

"I have two kids and as a white mother, there is nearly no circumstance that they would be taken away from me - ever, " said Victoria Farris, who slept Wednesday night in All Souls Church after participating in civil disobedience training.

"Their parents shouldn't even be locked up", Fudoli said.

Trump's critics have blasted the executive order he signed allowing children to stay with their detained parents, saying incarceration of an entire family is also wrong. "This is not a bad enough crime to lock them up and take their children away".

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