Protesters, lawmaker arrested in US Senate building sit-in over immigration

Capitol Police push back media from filming protest arrests

The protest of President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy consisted of hundreds of women, coming to Washington, D.C., from 47 states, many of whom wore white, according to The Washington Post.

Women's March, a movement that began in the United States when Trump was inaugurated in 2017 and spread around the world, had called on women to risk arrest at Thursday's protest.

"These radical Democrat protesters, they really want anarchy", he said.

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They were joined and supported by a number of prominent figures, such as the actress Susan Sarandon and multiple Democratic Senators, including Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Duckworth and others. At one point, Merkley donned a foil sheet as he gave a TV interview.

US Capitol Police said 575 people conducting a sit-down protest in the atrium of a Senate office building were charged with unlawfully demonstrating, then processed at the scene and released.

The protest, organized by the Women's March and the Center for Popular Democracy, mobilized to speak out against the "inhumane and cruel" zero-tolerance policy of the Trump administration that has led to family separation and children in cages, Jayapal said.

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Hundreds of activists protest the Trump administration's approach to illegal border crossings and separation of children from immigrant parents, in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 28, 2018.

It is rare that the Capitol Police would arrest a member on Capitol grounds.

Democratic Sens. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Edward Markey of MA also appeared before the crowd. 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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Trump called a halt to the separations recently following an worldwide outcry and criticism from Democrats as well as some Republicans, but Congress has failed to resolve the crisis and it has dragged on. Eight people also were arrested outside an Ice building in Portland, Oregon, that has been closed because of a round-the-clock demonstration.

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