Rep. Pramila Jayapal arrested during immigration protest in U.S. Senate building

Rep. Pramila Jayapal arrested during immigration protest in U.S. Senate building”

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and about 600 others were arrested at the demonstration. They were processed and being released, according to Capitol Police, a D.C. agency.

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Their chant "Say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcome here" echoed through the building, drawing scores of Senate staff to upper mezzanine floors from where they watched the commotion.

A Democratic congresswoman was among about 575 people arrested at a rally protesting the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy on immigration. "We have to step up and put ourselves on the line", said Ms. Jayapal who was elected to the House of Representatives from Washington State in 2016. Soon after, protesters were lined against a wall in small groups and police confiscated their blankets and signs. Tammy Duckworth visited female activists in the Senate building. Gillibrand held a sign that read: "End Detentions Now".

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Other Democratic senators - including Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Richard Blumenthal of CT - also visited the protesters to support their efforts. They marched along Pennsylvania Avenue, past the Trump International Hotel, chanting "shame", then burst into boos and demanded, "Where are the children?".

In an executive order last week, President Donald Trump said his administration was seeking more authority to detain families together until the end of their immigration proceedings. "Camps for children is just as wrong as camps for children and adults".

Actress Susan Sarandon said she too was arrested on Thursday in Washington, where people had gathered in protest outside the Department of Justice.

"Their parents shouldn't even be locked up", Fudoli said. Organizers of the D.C. rally said similar protests will take place in 351 congressional districts across the country.

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