Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Women’s March Calls for Abolishing Border Security at D.C. Protest

Women’s March Calls for Abolishing Border Security at D.C. Protest

Almost 600 people were arrested at a protest organized by Women's March in Washington, D.C. Demonstrators began marching outside of the Justice Department and a Senate building Thursday to oppose migrant family separations and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington state tweeted Thursday that she was proud to be arrested to protest the policy that has separated families at the southern border. Actress Susan Sarandon (inset) was also involved in the protest - organized by two liberal groups, Women's March and the Center for Popular Democracy. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

Loretta Fudoli took a bus to Washington from Conway, Arkansas, to join Thursday's protest.

The scheduled protests come as the Trump administration continues to face the fallout from its "zero tolerance" immigration policy at the U.S. -Mexico border.

"Everyone is welcome here", the group of several hundred people marched from Freedom Plaza to Congressional office buildings, where at least 200 people volunteered to defy orders from Capitol police and be arrested.

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Activist groups have planned bigger protests for Saturday, with "Families Belong Together" rallies expected in Washington and other cities across the country and the world.

Protesters at the sit-in also chanted "We care!" in a likely nod to the olive-green jacket worn by first lady Melania Trump on the flight to visit children at the border last week, which said on the back "I really don't care, do u?"

"This moment is an inspiring reminder that the majority of this country is appalled at what's being done in our name", said Anna Galland, executive director of MoveOn.org, which is co-sponsoring the event.

Their chant "Say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcome here" echoed through the building, drawing scores of Senate staff to upper mezzanine floors from where they watched the commotion. The police said those arrested were being released after they were processed. As they passed by the Trump International Hotel, the protesters yelled "Shame" and "Where are the children?".

"So I got arrested", she began, added that there were approximately 500 women who were arrested with her on Capitol Hill.

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