Rep. Pramila Jayapal arrested at immigration policy protest in Washington D.C.
29 June, 2018, 15:28 | Author: Kim Reid
The policy led to intense criticism in the United States and overseas, and Trump signed an executive order that would let children stay with their parents as they moved through the legal system, drawing renewed criticism.
Jayapal said she was with a group of over 500 women when she got arrested.
New York Democratic Sen. The demonstrators were there in protest of the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy that treats illegal border crossings as criminal offenses.
The protest was organized and promoted by Women's March, the same group that mounted a massive protest effort previous year shortly after President Donald Trump took office.
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.
United States Capitol Police charged almost 575 individuals with "unlawfully demonstrating", according to a Capitol Police statement Thursday.
After starting at Freedom Plaza, the group was expected to march to the Department of Justice and the Hart Senate Office Building.
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".
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On Wednesday, dozens of activists, including several who were recipients of the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which gives temporary protection to immigrants illegally brought into the country as children, rallied outside the Washington headquarters of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and called for the organization's dissolution.
Jayapal says she and other protesters were "here to fight for our families to be free, to fight for the ability of our kids to be with their parents - not in cages, not in prison, but able to live their lives free, safe and secure".
The Associated Press reported that 575 protesters were eventually arrested after refusing to leave the building.
Women's March, a movement that began in the United States when Trump was inaugurated in 2017 and spread around the world, had called on women to risk arrest at Thursday's protest.
The sit-in came two days after another show of liberal political energy in which 28-year-old political neophyte Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ousted 10-term Rep. Joe Crowley in a Democratic primary for his House seat in NY. The protesters were arrested for demonstrating inside the building, according to two police officers.
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In February, she was arrested under similar circumstances and charged with four misdemeanor counts of battery on an officer. The police were originally alerted to the situation by a family member, who informed them of a disturbance near her home.
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