Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

About 600 people arrested in DC protesting Donald Trump immigration policy

About 600 people arrested in DC protesting Donald Trump immigration policy

Capitol Police arrested almost 600 Women's March protesters who filled the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill today in opposition to the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" border enforcement policies.

They came from all over the country, slept at friends' homes or in churches to risk arrest in Washington on Thursday.

The largest demonstration on Thursday saw the 90-ft atrium of the Senate Hart Office building overrun by hundreds of women who sat on the floor pumping their fists in the air. It is unclear what, exactly, precipitated the arrests. The officers said the protesters could have demonstrated outside but were arrested for being inside.

Winnie Wong, political adviser for the Women's March, said the crowd's fervor will translate into "the energy we will need to see to at the ballot box in November", when congressional control will be at stake. "We have to stand up, and we have to put ourselves on the line".

The protest was organized and promoted by Women's March, the same group that mounted a massive protest effort past year shortly after President Donald Trump took office.

Washington was one of 17 states to sue the Trump administration this week over the separations.

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"I just got arrested with a group of, I don't know exactly how many, but over 500 women", Jayapal said in a video posted to Twitter.

Ms Jayapal and her groups have planned "a massive round of protests" across the country on Saturday.

She was the first member of Congress to visit a federal prison where parents were separated from their children. After several days, Trump signed an executive order that would let children stay with their parents as they moved through the legal system.

Ms Jayapal has emerged as one of the key rallying points for protests against Trump.

"What the administration is doing right now is morally wrong, it is inhumane and it has to stop", Gillibrand said. The action lasted more than two hours. Trump has halted his policy of taking children from their detained parents under public pressure but around 2,000 of them are still being held, with many families saying they've not known how to locate them.

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