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Dem congresswoman among anti-Trump protesters arrested inside Capitol office building

Hundreds of women in D.C. protest ‘zero-tolerance’ immigration policy Dem congresswoman among anti-Trump protesters arrested inside Capitol office building
Lisa Bryan | 30 June, 2018, 09:29

"To hear how they had been treated, to hear how they. heard their children screaming next door for them and wanted to go to them but couldn't", said Jayapal, who was among the hundreds arrested during Thursday's demonstration at the Hart building.

It took police about 90 minutes to arrest them and end the demonstration.

Capitol Police said in a statement that about 575 people were charged with unlawfully demonstrating and they would be processed at the scene and released. "I realized I had to do something more than protest, more than make a sign and march".

Hundreds of women from almost all 50 states gathered in Washington, D.C., Thursday to protest the Trump administration's detention of migrant families through the "zero tolerance" policy.

"As a woman and as a mother, I refuse to stay silent as parents on the border are separated from their kids", said Tamika Mallory, co-chair of the Women's March, who was one of those arrested.


Earlier on Thursday, Jayapal sent out his tweet, showing her arm held up and surrounded by #FamiliesBelongTogether protesters at the nation's capital.

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat, sat with the protesters and was also arrested. As they passed by the Trump International Hotel, the protesters yelled "Shame" and "Where are the children?". The demonstrators were there in protest of the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy that treats illegal border crossings as criminal offenses.

Despite the fact that President Trump signed an executive order last week reversing his administration's family-separation policy, more than 2,000 children were still waiting to be reunited with their parents as of June 26, causing further anger and accusations that the administration is taking too long to take action. It was her third arrest at a protest, the other two occurring years before her 2016 election to Congress. "Camps for children is just as wrong as camps for children and adults". Elizabeth Warren of MA joined in solidarity with the protesters. "This is not a bad enough crime to lock them up and take their children away".

Dozens of social justice groups were mobilizing their ranks to participate in the Families Belong Together protests this week, including Planned Parenthood, Win Without War, and National Nurses United.

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