Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

630 women arrested protesting Trump immigration policy in D.C.

630 women arrested protesting Trump immigration policy in D.C.

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

New York Democratic Sen. Rep. Pramila Jayapal was one of those who were detained on Thursday, before being released with a fine.

Jayapal says she and other protesters were "here to fight for our families to be free, to fight for the ability of our kids to be with their parents - not in cages, not in prison, but able to live their lives free, safe and secure".

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"This country has finally been exposed to the brutality and inhumanity of immigration enforcement, " she said.

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.

Under Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy, the government has begun prosecuting all migrants caught entering the country illegally.

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Wearing stickers that said "Deport Trump", and "F**k Trump" shirts, the protestors chanted slogans like "No ban no wall, America is home to all".

"I have two kids and as a white mother, there is nearly no circumstance that they would be taken away from me - ever, " said Victoria Farris, who slept Wednesday night in All Souls Church after participating in civil disobedience training.

Two of those arrested included actress Susan Sarandon and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who serves the 7th Congressional District of Washington state. "Shame! Shame!" at the Trump International Hotel.

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Immigration activists rally as part of a march calling for "an end to family detention" and in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration, in Washington, U.S., June 28, 2018. "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. "This is not a bad enough crime to lock them up and take their children away". Thousands of people have indicated they will attend or expressed interest in attending the event on Facebook. They were charged with unlawful demonstration. Overflow space will be cordoned off along 16th Street NW and in Farragut Square, where organizers will set up large screens. "I think that the inhumanity of this policy is activating new people who haven't been activated into the resistance before".

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