‘Families Belong Together' Rally: Thousands protest family separations at border in DC

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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. Several hundred people marched from Freedom Plaza to congressional office buildings, where at least 200 people defied orders from Capitol Police and were arrested. Newsweek reached out to Capitol Police but did not receive a response in time for publication. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) tweeted that she was also arrested. They said people who were charged and fined could pay 24 hours after their arrests, but it was not clear who had been fined and how much.

"The Trump Administration has been engaged - since January of 2017 - in restoring order to the lawlessness at the southwest border and protecting our nation's citizens, but we are beholden to a broken immigration system that Congress has refused to fix and that courts have exacerbated", a Justice Department spokesman said in a statement. Gillibrand held a sign that read: "End Detentions Now".

Trump is spending the weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, and won't be home during the protest.

The women and a few men chanted "Abolish ICE" and donned foil blankets like those given to child detainees in photos of Texas border processing facilities recently released by Customs and Border Protection.

"People across my state of NY, all across the country are furious with this administration's policy to separate children from their parents", Sen.

More than 2,500 undocumented children were separated from their parents in the weeks since the zero-tolerance policy took effect.

The administration says it is enforcing a zero-tolerance policy requiring border agents to arrest and prosecute anyone caught crossing the border illegally. "Camps for children is just as wrong as camps for children and adults".

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".

"Their parents shouldn't even be locked up", Fudoli said. "This is not a bad enough crime to lock them up and take their children away".

In Los Angeles, Angelica Salas said she has been marching to fix the immigration system for almost two decades.

Thousands dressed in white and gathered early Saturday morning in sweltering 90-degree heat in Lafayette Park across from the White House in what was expected to be the largest of the day's protests.

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