Families Belong Together marches could draw hundreds of thousands of people to the streets in all 50 states Saturday to protest the Trump administration's zero tolerance immigration policy, organizers say.
Nevertheless, chanting "We Care" and "Abolish ICE", the protesters demanded Congress act to end Trump's policies regarding unlawful border crossings. The rallies are likely to get a further boost as a result of the announcement on Wednesday by Anthony Kennedy that he is retiring from the USA supreme court, providing Trump with the chance to make a second ultra-conservative appointment to the nation's highest court and prompting fears of a roll-back of liberal protections.
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Congresswoman Jayapal tweeted a video of the protest with the caption, "Today's action is a mass protest, risking arrest, by powerful women, and I'm proud to be a part of it". Facing a massive public backlash, last week Trump issued an order allowing families to stay together after being detained at the border.
In a written statement, the Capitol police said around 575 people were charged with unlawfully demonstrating inside the office building.
Congressmember Pramila Jayapal was arrested Thursday at a demonstration in Washington D.C., protesting the Trump administration's controversial immigration policies. The police said those arrested were being released after they were processed. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) joined the women on the floor, linking her arms with theirs in solidarity.