More than 700 direct actions are planned in cities and towns across the country on Saturday, as Americans rally against President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, the forcible separation of families, and the imprisonment of children.
"So I just got arrested with a group of, I don't know exactly how many, but over 500 women, at least 500 women, who took over the Center of the Heart Senate Building", she stated.
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.
More than 16,000 had RSVP-ed on Facebook for the "Families Belong Together" march, and Daley Plaza began filling up by 10 a.m. She said the policy indicates the country has "no morals", adding that "the GOP claims to be pro-life but is stealing babies from their family".
Democratic Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Mazie Hirono, Ed Markey, and Richard Blumenthal also went to the atrium floor and spoke with protesters, according to CNN.
Earlier this week, a judge in California ordered the families to be reunited within 30 days.
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More than 2,500 undocumented children were separated from their parents in the weeks since the zero-tolerance policy took effect.
"I decided that I, too, would sit down with them and submit to arrest", Jayapal said.
They claim that the US' request to be exempt from the 1997 agreement threatens the well-being of the children as well as the cities' interest in seeing the state licensing requirements of the Flores settlement be properly applied and enforced within their jurisdictions. I mean, it's heartbreaking, and it's not the values that our country stands for. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) tweeted that she was also arrested.
"I don't like to live with this fear", she said through tears streaming down her face. "There's nothing like a wounded animal", she said.
Critics say the agency has treated some would-be immigrants cruelly and unfairly.
Buzzfeed reported that five immigrant children in federal custody filed a lawsuit Friday against what they called the Trump administration's "cruel policies and practices that unlawfully prolong their detention and delay their reunification with their families".