Almost 600 protesters were arrested during a clangorous occupation of a US Senate office building in Washington on Thursday, where they decried US President Donald Trump's "zero- tolerance" stance on illegal immigration. "Not in our name". It was organized by the women's march and by the Center for Popular Democracy.
They came from all over the country, slept at friends' homes or in churches to risk arrest in Washington on Thursday.
"I have two kids, and as a white mother, there is nearly no circumstance that they would be taken away from me - ever", Victoria Farris, one of the protesters, told the Post. "I was awake one night because I couldn't sleep thinking about all those (immigrant) mothers and terrified children".
The groups are asking march attendees to wear white as a "striking visual symbol" to bring participants together and "channel historic social justice movements unified by one color of clothing", the FAQ says.
"Donald Trump and his administration have cruelly separated thousands of children from their families. Do U?" jacket by splashing "We Care" across their hands and various signs.
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The entrances to the Hart and Dirksen Senate office buildings were soon flooded by the women filing through the metal detectors.
As the marchers passed the Trump International Hotel, which is run by the president's company, they chanted, "Shame!" Mark Pocan said he would be introducing legislation to "abolish ICE and crack down on the agency's blanket directive to target and round up individuals and families". Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, Sen. "On my side of things, I ask my colleagues, let's pass, finally, sensible immigration reform".
Winnie Wong, political adviser for the Women's March, said the crowd's fervor would translate into "the energy we will need to see to at the ballot box in November", when congressional control will be at stake.
The protest, which included 100 demonstrators and possibly just as many police, took place in the Hart Senate Office Building. On Wednesday, dozens of activists - some of whom are recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) - called for ICE's dissolution outside their Washington office.
The Families Belong Together event is billed by organizers as a nationwide day of action to protest the Trump administration's strict immigration policies and call for the reunification of families separated and detained as a result of those policies' implementation.