Rep. Pramila Jayapal arrested at immigration policy protest in Washington D.C.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal arrested at immigration policy protest in Washington D.C.

Almost 600 activists, protesting Donald Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy against illegal immigrants, have been arrested after staging an occupy sit-in at the Hart Senate Office building in the nation's capital.

Capitol Police arrested almost 600 people, who engaged in protests with several Democrat lawmakers.

A coalition of left-leaning activists, including groups that organized the massive women's marches the past two years, is helping to coordinate more than 600 demonstrations across the country.

But now it was central to the mission of her group and Thursday's march.

Eva Malecki, a spokeswoman for the United States Capitol Police, said 575 individuals were charged with unlawfully demonstrating in the atrium of the building.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Seattle) was arrested on Thursday during an immigration protest held on the floor of a Senate office building in Washington, D.C. Following Trump's signing of an executive order last week-only after the policy sparked worldwide outrage-Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents will no longer separate families.

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They wore shirts with slogans calling for the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency responsible for deportations, as well as stopping cybercrime, counterfeit merchandise, criminal gangs and child sex predators. 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.

After June 30, organizers say they'll continue working until their demands are met.

"Since the beginning, President Trump has shown callous disregard toward mothers, fathers, and children who only want to find safety", Amnesty International USA's tactical campaigns manager Ashley Houghton said in a press release. The protesters, mostly women dressed in white, chanted, "Say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcome here".

Senator Elizabeth Warren cheers on demonstrators.

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".

Also Saturday, several Broadway stars are participating in a benefit concert to support efforts to reunite families who were separated at the border with Mexico. Celebrities including Susan Sarandon were among the group of protestors.

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