Protesters, lawmaker arrested in U.S. Senate building over immigration

Protesters, lawmaker arrested in U.S. Senate building over immigration

By Thursday afternoon, 575 protesters had been arrested and escorted out of the Hart Senate Office Building by police, charged with the misdemeanor of unlawfully demonstrating, according to U.S. Capitol Police.

She added that she was proud to have been arrested among hundreds of others who believed that "the U.S. is better and as a member of Congress I refuse to let this president and administration do what they are doing to children in my name".

The rally was organized by the Women's March and the Center for Popular Democracy. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

Hundreds of women gathered in Washington, D.C. on Thursday to drive one message home: "We care".

Immigration advocacy groups are planning hundreds of marches across the United States on Saturday to protest President Donald Trump's "zero- tolerance" stance on illegal immigration.

"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. According to U.S. Capitol Police, the individuals are being processed on the scene and released.

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

The policy led to intense criticism in the United States and overseas, and Trump signed an executive order that would let children stay with their parents as they moved through the legal system, drawing renewed criticism.

As the marchers passed the Trump International Hotel, which is run by the president's company, they chanted, "Shame!" Kirsten Gillibrand also appeared at the demonstration, calling it "an awesome protest of women speaking out to be heard".

Actress Susan Sarandon joins protesters calling for ICE to be abolished and an end to family separation in a Senate building.

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

It also isn't clear if families who are kept together will remain so or be separated after 20 days due to an existing court order. Organizers of the D.C. rally also plan protests in 351 congressional districts around the country.

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