Rep. Pramila Jayapal Arrested Protesting Trump’s Zero Tolerance Immigration Policies

Hundreds of women in D.C. protest ‘zero-tolerance’ immigration policy

It is rare that the Capitol Police would arrest a member on Capitol grounds. Jayapal was issued a $50 fine for "crowding, obstructing, or incommoding". Most of the protesters were female. The Trump Administration launched the so-called "zero tolerance" policy in April, which considers illegal border crossing as a criminal offence, meaning that immigrant minors will be separated from their families, reports Efe news. They said people who were charged and fined could pay 24 hours after their arrests, but it was not clear who had been fined and how much.

Demonstrators from across the country descended on D.C. for the protest, first blocking the street in front of the Department of Justice, and then proceeding to the Hart building, where hundreds sat down in the lobby wrapped in foil blankets ― a reference to similar blankets given to migrant families held in federal detention centers.

Two of those arrested included actress Susan Sarandon and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who serves the 7th Congressional District of Washington state. As they passed by the Trump International Hotel, the protesters yelled "Shame" and "Where are the children?". Trump reversed that policy last week, through protest organizers said they plan to go on with the events nationwide in a unified rebuke of the administration's treatment of immigrants.

More than 2,000 children who arrived illegally in the United States with adult relatives were separated from them and placed in detention facilities or with foster families around the United States.

Trump's critics have blasted the executive order he signed allowing children to stay with their detained parents, saying incarceration of an entire family is also wrong.

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Protesters staged the sit-in "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", she tweeted in a video message.

Loretta Fudoli took a bus to Washington from Conway, Arkansas, to join Thursday's protest.

"I met with all 174 of the women that were there, and it was absolutely heartbreaking to hear their stories, to hear about how their children had been taken away".

Larger protests are being planned for Saturday in Washington, D.C., and cities around the country under the banner of #FamiliesBelongTogether.

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