VIDEO: US Capitol Police Arrest 575 Protesters In Senate Office Building

Police arrested 575 protesters who were demonstrating against immigration policies and ICE on Capitol Hill.

Washington, DC – More than 1,000 protesters marched through the nation’s capital to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, and almost 600 of them were arrested on Thursday afternoon in an office building at the U.S. Capitol (video below).

Hundreds of pro-immigration demonstrators called for the abolishment of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as they filled up the Hart Senate Office Building on June 28, protesting President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy, FOX News reported.

U.S. Capitol Police Spokeswoman Eva Malecki said officers had arrested 575 protesters for unlawfully demonstrating in the atrium of the office building.

Protesters had the option to peacefully demonstrate outside the Hart building without being arrested, police said. However, they chose to stop business in the building while they chanted slogans and waved signs.

Many covered themselves in the foil-like emergency blankets that have been showcased in pictures of immigrants in detention centers along the border.

Several Democratic members visited the demonstration, and a few briefly joined the sit-in that blocked the floor of the building’s huge lobby.

Representative Pramila Jayapal (D – Washington) volunteered herself to be arrested with the other protesters, who were mostly women, and quickly took to social media afterwards to brag about her efforts.

“I’m proud to have been arrested with them. To put myself in the camp of people who believe that the United States of America,” Jayapal said in a video posted to twitter

U.S. Representative Tammy Duckworth (D – Illinois) attracted lots of attention when she arrived at the protest with her new baby.

"I wanted to show my support for the folks here today," Duckworth told CNN. "I could only imagine what it would be like to have my daughter -- my breastfeeding child -- ripped away from me the way some of these other moms' babies have been."

You can see the demonstration inside the Hart Senate Office Building in the videos below:

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Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Those who want illegal immigrants to enter this country without being vetted should sign up to guarantee housing, food, clothing, etc. for them. There wouldn't be any do overs after that. Kind of like adoption........they're all yours. You want them, take care of them.

Luisa1948
Luisa1948

Why are they not listening that Clinton passed that law not Trump and obama inforced it.

CRETE GARY
CRETE GARY

Congresswoman. This action is not what your paid to do.You think this helps America?All you people do is yell and scream and dig for dirt.When will you spend all these efforts doing your job.If you can not do what your paid to do then get out.

Mrs10
Mrs10

@Just-My-Thoughts Exactly! All these "safe places" or "sanctuary cities" etc all say they are pro-immigrant but then cry and moan when it comes to funding all the social programs.

Gramercy
Gramercy

I suspect Clinton is sitting back and relishing the turmoil his law has fueled! Still, I say...build the wall and get ILLEGAL immigrants out of America!