Over 500 arrested at US Capitol as women protest border separations

A demonstrator shows a sign on her hands during a rally and march calling for

A demonstrator shows a sign on her hands during a rally and march calling for"an end to family detention and in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration in Washington U.S

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.

Wearing stickers that said "Deport Trump", and "F**k Trump" shirts, the protestors chanted slogans like "No ban no wall, America is home to all". President Donald Trump partially addressed the issue of family separation in an executive order signed June 20, but the problem is far from solved.

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.

Hundreds of children remain separated from their parents in shelters throughout the US.

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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.

Over 500 protesters -including one Democratic lawmaker- were arrested inside the US Capitol this week in protest of the Trump administration's crackdown on illegal immigration along the US-Mexico border.

"These folks are out here fighting for the core principles of our nation, and I applaud them for it", Merkley said in an interview. Eight people also were arrested outside an Ice building in Portland, Oregon, that has been closed because of a round-the-clock demonstration.

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