Rep. Pramila Jayapal arrested after protest against Trump's family separation policies

Saul Bowman
June 30, 2018

"I just got arrested with a group of, I don't know exactly how many, but over 500 women", Jayapal said in a video posted to Twitter.

Before arriving at the Senate building, Reuters reports that protesters marched down Pennsylvania Avenue and stopped at the Trump International Hotel to shout, "Shame!"

It was organized by the women's march and by the Center for Popular Democracy.

Jayapal was protesting the "inhumane and cruel" immigration policies of President Donald Trump, she said. Find one near you here.

"Donald Trump and his administration have cruelly separated thousands of children from their families".

"As a woman and as a mother, I refuse to stay silent as parents on the border are separated from their kids", said Tamika Mallory, co-chair of the Women's March, who was one of those arrested.

Capitol Police warned protesters that if they did not leave the building they would be arrested. Many were draped in foil sheets as a statement on the flimsy bedding given to children and adults as they are held at USA border detention facilities.

Under Trump's "zero tolerance" policy, the government has begun prosecuting all migrants caught entering the country without authorization.

Protesters hold up their hands as they fill the center atrium and upper levels lining the Hart Senate Office Building in protest of the separation of immigrant families, Thursday, June 28, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

"I have two kids, and as a white mother, there is nearly no circumstance that they would be taken away from me - ever", said Victoria Farris, who slept Wednesday night in All Souls Church after participating in civil disobedience training.

Jayapal later spoke out on her arrest, and called her detainment "courageous".

Despite the fact that President Trump signed an executive order last week reversing his administration's family-separation policy, more than 2,000 children were still waiting to be reunited with their parents as of June 26, causing further anger and accusations that the administration is taking too long to take action.

Another major protest is scheduled for Saturday in Washington D.C. and Seattle.

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