Almost 600 activists, protesting Donald Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy against illegal immigrants, have been arrested after staging an occupy sit-in at the Hart Senate Office building in the nation's capital.
The mass protest was one of several demonstrations that erupted across the country, providing a taste of what is expected to be much larger demonstrations on Saturday called by the Women's March and the Center for Popular Democracy. "We are not protestors, we are protectors!" read a tweet from the Women's March.
Nevertheless, chanting "We Care" and "Abolish ICE", the protesters demanded Congress act to end Trump's policies regarding unlawful border crossings.
Congressmember Pramila Jayapal was arrested Thursday at a demonstration in Washington D.C., protesting the Trump administration's controversial immigration policies. President Donald Trump signed an executive order to stop separations, but the reunification process has proved to be complicated.
Senator Elizabeth Warren cheers on demonstrators.
The women first demonstrated outside the Justice Department before marching to the Capitol, where they took over the atrium and mezzanine of the Hart Senate Office Building.
"This is far beyond politics", Jayapal said. ICE, of course, refers to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) joined the women on the floor, linking her arms with theirs in solidarity.