Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Capitol Police Arrest About 575 Protesters at Senate Office Building

Capitol Police Arrest About 575 Protesters at Senate Office Building

Almost 600 people were arrested at a protest organized by Women's March in Washington, D.C. Demonstrators began marching outside of the Justice Department and a Senate building Thursday to oppose migrant family separations and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.

Cheered on by some Democratic lawmakers who walked among them, the women said they were pushed to the protest by President Trump's zero tolerance policy which sparked separations of children from their parents. Gillibrand said, adding the protests were an "amazing" act of defiance against the Trump administration. The rallies are likely to get a further boost as a result of the announcement on Wednesday by Anthony Kennedy that he is retiring from the U.S. supreme court, providing Trump with the chance to make a second ultra-conservative appointment to the nation's highest court and prompting fears of a roll-back of liberal protections.

"I'm proud to have been arrested with them to put myself in the camp of people who believe that the United States is better", Jayapal said in a video on Twitter.

The demonstrators demanded Congress to end ICE as they condemned the "zero tolerance" immigration policy.

The Democratic senator Jeff Merkley of OR, who was one of the first to draw attention to children being held in detention camps along the border after being separated from their parents, appeared before the crowd.

Instead, several hundred people, mostly women, took to Capitol Hill on Thursday to protest President Donald Trump's immigration policies, as ABC News and other outlets reported. Facing a massive public backlash, last week Trump issued an order allowing families to stay together after being detained at the border. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, and Sen.

In all, Capitol police arrested at least 575 women for the misdemeanor offense of unlawfully demonstrating in the Capitol.

Demanding the closure of the detention centers for illegal immigrants, the activists made a brief stop in front of the Department of Justice, urging the government to "abolish ICE", the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

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