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630 women arrested protesting Trump immigration policy in D.C.

630 women arrested protesting Trump immigration policy in D.C.

According to U.S. Capitol Police, the individuals are being processed on the scene and released. Jayapal was issued a $50 fine for "crowding, obstructing, or incommoding".

The women first demonstrated outside the Justice Department before marching to the Capitol, where they took over the atrium and mezzanine of the Hart Senate Office Building.

The administration's controversial "zero tolerance" policy of separating immigrant parents and their children on the U.S. border has resulted in the separation of almost 2,000 children from their parents and guardians, sparking a public outcry.

Activist groups have planned bigger protests for Saturday, with "Families Belong Together" rallies expected in Washington and other cities across the country and the world.

The United States Capitol Police confirmed that 575 people -mostly women- were arrested on the premises, including Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal.

"And I think that's what people were doing today is drawing attention to the fact that we've got kids in cages on the borders, people in prisons when they're trying to seek asylum". She said she had been arrested at demonstrations three or four times since she became politically active after Trump's election.

Ana Maria Archila, executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy, said calling for the disbandment of ICE "would have seemed absurd even a few months ago".

Organizers say they are receiving strong support from mothers who were opposed to the Trump administration's previous policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S. -Mexico border.

"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".

The Women's March announced its plans for the last week and held training meetings in the days leading up to it.

Demonstrators are also asked to bring their friends and a sign with a messages expressing support for the reunification of separated families, bearing messages like, "Keep Families Together" or "Familias Unidas No Divididas". "Camps for children is just as wrong as camps for children and adults".

The White House has said that the order was not a long-term solution and has called for Congress to pass immigration reform. Organizers of the D.C. rally also plan protests in 351 congressional districts around the country.