Hundreds of Women's March Protesters Arrested in Senate Office Building

Hundreds of Women's March Protesters Arrested in Senate Office Building

Hundreds of Women's March Protesters Arrested in Senate Office Building

The Trump administration has faced severe backlash in recent weeks over its "zero tolerance" immigration policy that seeks to prosecute all adults who cross the southern border illegally.

Women's March officials, including board member and anti-Semitic Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour and co-president Bob Bland, called for abolishing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Trump's policy adviser Stephen Miller.

The White House intends to detain immigrant families together but might therefore hold children longer than previously allowed, according to new court documents filed by the US Justice Department.

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

The women were arrested and charged with unlawfully demonstrating in the Senate office atrium, said Eva Malecki, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Capitol Police. "Reunite families now; end family internment camps and end the zero-humanity policy that created this humanitarian crisis and chaos in the first place". Some of the children, for example, have been sent to foster care agencies in New York City.

However, critics say the order did not address the issue of families already separated, with 2,342 children taken away from their parents between 5 May and 9 June alone.

But the DOJ is zeroing in on the requirement, saying the order this week from U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw requires that children's release be delayed so that they can stay with their parents.

Organizers of Chicago's march, who also took to the streets in Pilsen and Little Village on Friday evening, said they expect their rally to be one of the largest in the country.

"If you are pro-family, you can not separate families", Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said to the crowd at Los Angeles City Hall.

In Los Angeles, Angelica Salas said she has been marching to fix the immigration system for almost two decades.

And on Saturday, massive crowds are expected to take to the streets to say loud and clear that "Families Belong Together".

Immigration attorney Linda Rivas said groups have met with USA authorities, congressional representatives, and other leaders to discuss an escalating immigration crackdown that they say began decades ago. I mean, it's heartbreaking, and it's not the values that our country stands for.

Winnie Wong, political adviser for the liberal National Women's March, said the protest would translate into "the energy we will need to see to at the ballot box in November".

"I have watched ICE liberate towns from the grasp of [criminal gangs]", Trump said on Twitter.

MoveOn, CHIRLA, the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, the Women's March LA Foundation and the Council on American- Islamic Relations were among the many groups participating.

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