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575 Arrested During Immigration Protest

Including a Democratic congresswoman
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 28, 2018 5:05 PM CDT
A protester cheers as she is arrested as women protest the separation of immigrant families, Thursday, June 28, 2018, in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – A Democratic congresswoman was among about 575 people arrested at a rally protesting the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy on immigration, the AP reports. 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. She and other protesters were charged with unlawful demonstration, a charge that includes crowding or obstructing others in a public place. Jayapal says she and other protesters were "here to fight for our families to be free, to fight for the ability of our kids to be with their parents—not in cages, not in prison, but able to live their lives free, safe and secure."

Police say those who were arrested were processed on the scene and released. Hundreds were protesting at a Senate office building Thursday when the arrests were made. Demonstrators were also arrested while protesting in Portland and Michigan Thursday, and hundreds were rallying outside a Texas courthouse as well. (Read more border separations stories.)

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