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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.
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Hundreds of Women Arrested on Capitol Hill During Peaceful Immigration Protest

As people across the US prepare to protest the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant families this weekend, hundreds women got a headstart on calling for action on Thursday, and were arrested.

More than 2,000 people, most of them women, marched from the Department of Justice to the Senate’s Hart Office building in Washington, DC, yesterday calling for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to be abolished.

Take Action: Reunite All Separated Families and Support Foreign Aid to End the Root Cause of the Migration Crisis

Dressed in white, the women staged a sit-in at the Hart building, chanting, “We Care,” in support of undocumented immigrants, and “Abolish ICE.” Many rallied behind the protest’s hashtag #WomenDisobey and carried foil space blankets that separated immigrant children have been seen using in recent photos of detention centers.

By late afternoon, the Capitol Police had arrested about 600 participants in the nonviolent act of civil disobedience, including actress Susan Sarandon, for “unlawfully demonstrating.”

The protest was organized by the Women’s March, the group responsible for the Women’s March on Washington that first took place in January 2017, and was joined by several lawmakers, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and Sen. Tammy Duckworth who attended with her baby daughter.

After President Donald Trump signed an executive order ending his administration’s policy of separating families last week, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has been forced to stop referring adults who illegally cross the border with their children for criminal prosecution because their detention facilities are not large enough to hold families together. However, calls for the abolition of ICE, which is responsible for policing the immigration status of those already inside US borders, are many continue to the criticize the agency for their inhumane treatment of immigrants.

Read more: How You Can Still Help Migrant Families Being Separated at the Border

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