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Rep. Pramila Jayapal arrested at Washington DC protest

Rep. Pramila Jayapal arrested at Washington DC protest

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.

United States Capitol Police charged almost 575 individuals with "unlawfully demonstrating", according to a Capitol Police statement Thursday.

"We will keep working to reimagine a new future where our families and loved ones are together to live freely and with dignity", the groups say, "not separated or put in camps or cages".

The women first demonstrated outside the Justice Department before marching to the Capitol, where they took over the atrium and mezzanine of the Hart Senate Office Building.

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".

After chanting "we care" and "shame", the group ventured down Pennsylvania Avenue, past Trump International Hotel, until they reached the Hart Senate office building.

More than 2,000 children who arrived illegally in the United States with adult relatives were separated from them and placed in detention facilities or with foster families around the United States. Elizabeth Warren of MA joined in solidarity with the protesters.




The rally was organized by the Women's March and the Center for Popular Democracy.

She said in a video posted on social media that she had joined the action to protest "the inhumane and cruel "zero tolerance" policy of Donald Trump and this administration, the separation of families, the caging of children, and the imprisonment of asylum seekers".

Under Trump's "zero tolerance" policy, the government has begun prosecuting all migrants caught entering the country without authorization.

Jayapal later spoke out on her arrest, and called her detainment "courageous".

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. President Donald Trump signed an executive order to stop separations, but the reunification process has proved to be complicated.

There will also be a large march in New York City across the Brooklyn Bridge and a rally in Washington, D.C., near the White House.

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