After repeated calls from the police demanding that they leave the premises or face arrest, officers were forced to move in, detaining at least 575 activists for "unlawful demonstration", AP reported. They were arrested by U.S. Capitol Police on charges of "crowdinig, obstructing, or incommoding".
She and other protesters were charged with unlawful demonstration, a charge that includes crowding or obstructing others in a public place.
The administration's controversial "zero tolerance" policy of separating immigrant parents and their children on the United States border has resulted in the separation of almost 2,000 children from their parents and guardians, sparking a public outcry.
"Women across the country are horrified as we see our government violating the rights of women, separating families, and traumatizing children", Women's March co-chair Linda Sarsour said in a statement.
The protests began Thursday morning in Freedom Plaza, where women wearing white held signs and berated the Trump administration for its treatment of migrant families.
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Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) helped to coordinate the coalition of organizations that will march Saturday under the banner "Families Belong Together" because she said she was "haunted" by what she saw in a visit to a detention facility for mothers separated from their children.
President Trump is spending the weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., and won't be home during the protest. The demonstrators were there in protest of the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy that treats illegal border crossings as criminal offenses.
Several prominent members of Congress, including Sen.
Ana Maria Archila, executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy, said calling for the disbandment of ICE "would have seemed absurd even a few months ago". That police had led to the separation of thousands of children from their parents before the Trump administration halted the separations in late June. "This is not a bad enough crime to lock them up and take their children away".
It also isn't clear if families who are kept together will remain so or be separated after 20 days due to an existing court order. Celebrities including Susan Sarandon were among the group of protestors. "Camps for children is just as wrong as camps for children and adults".