More than 500 women including a member of Congress were arrested on Thursday (Jun 28) in the US Capitol complex protesting President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policy that has triggered thousands of family separations at the border with Mexico.
Almost 600 women dressed in white and seated on the floor of the Hart Senate office building were arrested by Capitol Police on Thursday.
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".
Protesters in the Hart Senate Office Building unfurled banners that read: "End all detention camps" and "Families belong together in freedom". Trump signed an executive order last week halting the separations.
Senator Elizabeth Warren cheers on demonstrators.
Winnie Wong, political adviser for the Women's March, said the crowd's fervor would translate into "the energy we will need to see to at the ballot box in November", when congressional control will be at stake. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) joined the women on the floor, linking her arms with theirs in solidarity.
Rallies in Cape May and Bordentown were recently added to the list of New Jersey events. Eight people also were arrested outside an Ice building in Portland, Oregon, that has been closed because of a round-the-clock demonstration.