CAPITOL CHAOS: Over 500 ICE Protesters Arrested Inside US CAPITOL

CAPITOL CHAOS: Over 500 ICE Protesters Arrested Inside US CAPITOL

CAPITOL CHAOS: Over 500 ICE Protesters Arrested Inside US CAPITOL

The group marched to the Justice Department and then on toward the Hart Senate Office Building, singing hymns and protest chants in both English and Spanish along the way. The officers said the protesters could have demonstrated outside but were arrested for being inside.

"These folks are out here fighting for the core principles of our nation, and I applaud them for it", Merkley said in an interview.

Several speakers, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of "Hamilton", and actors America Ferrera and Diane Guerrero, will take the stage at Lafayette Square to kick off the protest, which begins at 11 a.m. People who have lived through the Holocaust, Japanese internment camps and Trump's family separation policy are expected to speak. "Shame! Shame!" at the Trump International Hotel.

In the days it took organizers to plan Saturday's event, the Trump administration reversed its policy of separating migrant children from their parents and was ordered by a judge to reunite immigrant families within a month.

Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal was arrested along with 575 other women during a protest staged in Washington against US President Donald Trump's border and immigration policy.

"People across my state of NY, all across the country are furious with this administration's policy to separate children from their parents", Sen.

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Capitol Police warned protesters that if they did not leave the building they would be arrested. Celebrities including Susan Sarandon were among the group of protestors.

Jayapal later spoke out on her arrest, and called her detainment "courageous". "Our fight won't end until all mothers are reunited with their children, which is why we are demanding an end to immigrant detention once and for all".

The "Families Belong Together" protests will include at least 16 in New Jersey, according to, the liberal political action group that is one of dozens organizing the rallies.

Capitol Police said the protesters were charged with the D.C. Code violation of crowding, obstructing or incommoding.

A longtime immigration-rights leader who founded OneAmerica before running for elected office, Jayapal said she has been outraged and unable to sleep over Trump's "zero tolerance" prosecutions of people crossing the US-Mexico border, The Seattle Times reported. And so those voices, I think, are being heard.

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