Almost 600 people were arrested at a protest organized by Women's March in Washington, D.C. Demonstrators began marching outside of the Justice Department and a Senate building Thursday to oppose migrant family separations and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. "Free families" and "This is what democracy looks like".
Loretta Fudoli took a bus to Washington from Conway, Arkansas, to join Thursday's protest. At one point, Merkley donned a foil sheet as he gave a TV interview.
Participants were organized by the far-left Women's March, whose radical leaders are active proponents of open borders.
Demonstrators in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration rally at the Hart Senate office building. Rep. Pramila Jayapal was one of those who were detained on Thursday, before being released with a fine. Jayapal, who was born in India, tweeted a video of herself in which she said she was proud to be arrested to protest Trump's zero-tolerance policy.
She said that the last two weeks have been really consumed by this issue.
After repeated calls from the police demanding that they leave the premises or face arrest, officers were forced to move in, detaining at least 575 activists for "unlawful demonstration", AP reported.
Under Trump's "zero tolerance" policy, the government has begun prosecuting all migrants caught entering the country without authorization. "In recent days we've heard shameless attacks on these courageous law enforcement officers, extremist Democrat politicians have called for the complete elimination of ICE". Eight people also were arrested outside an Ice building in Portland, Oregon, that has been closed because of a round-the-clock demonstration. "It is inhumane how these children have been treated, and the president's executive order did nothing to address it", Stephanie Hunnell and Sylvia Breitowich, organizers of a rally in Asbury Park, said in a statement.