More than 600 protesters, mostly women, were arrested on Thursday after they staged a non-violent action in the heart of the U.S. senate office building in Washington against Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy towards immigrants and separation of families at the border. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) tweeted that she was also arrested.
The protest was organized and promoted by Women's March, the same group that mounted a massive protest effort a year ago shortly after President Donald Trump took office.
Protesters are calling for the abolition of ICE, which enforces the controversial zero-tolerance policy that has led to separation of over 2,000 children.
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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".
Participants were organized by the far-left Women's March, whose radical leaders are active proponents of open borders.
"Women are outraged at the separation of families", said Linda Sarsour, one of last year's Women's March organizers.
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Hundreds of children remain separated from their parents in shelters throughout the US.
Police say those who were arrested were processed on the scene and released. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) joined the women on the floor, linking her arms with theirs in solidarity. During their sit-in they called for the reunification of families and the dissolution of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.
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