Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Almost 600 Arrested in DC Amid Protests of 'Zero Tolerance' Immigration Policy

Almost 600 Arrested in DC Amid Protests of 'Zero Tolerance' Immigration Policy

A wave of women took to the streets and protested in a Senate office building in the nation's capital on Thursday, to call out the Trump administration's immigrant family separations and detentions.

Protesters loudly chanted "What do we want?" Capitol police were seen trying to rip down "abolish ICE" signs from the balconies, but the protestors were keep trying to take them back and hang them up. At one point, Merkley donned a foil sheet as he gave a TV interview.

The protest, organized by the Women's March and the Center for Popular Democracy, mobilized to speak out against the "inhumane and cruel" zero-tolerance policy of the Trump administration that has led to family separation and children in cages, Jayapal said.

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

The administration's controversial "zero tolerance" policy of separating immigrant parents and their children on the USA border has resulted in the separation of almost 2,000 children from their parents and guardians, sparking a public outcry. "I'm proud to have been arrested with them to put myself in the camp of people who believe that the United States of America is better", Ms Jayapal said in a video posted on Twitter.

She and other protesters were charged with unlawful demonstration, a charge that includes crowding or obstructing others in a public place. So did the Democrats Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Edward Markey of MA.

The Women's March demonstration is part of a wave of actions against Trump, whose administration began seeking in May to prosecute all adults who cross the border without authorization. "In recent days we've heard shameless attacks on these courageous law enforcement officers, extremist Democrat politicians have called for the complete elimination of ICE". The protesters were arrested for demonstrating inside the building, according to two police officers. 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.

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