The protest, organized by the Women's March and the Center for Popular Democracy, mobilized to speak out against the "inhumane and cruel" zero-tolerance policy of the Trump administration that has led to family separation and children in cages, Jayapal said. The rallies are likely to get a further boost as a result of the announcement on Wednesday by Anthony Kennedy that he is retiring from the U.S. supreme court, providing Trump with the chance to make a second ultra-conservative appointment to the nation's highest court and prompting fears of a roll-back of liberal protections.
The protest began in the streets of DC before moving to the Hart building, one of three Senate office buildings.
"We are in ALUMINUM blankets to symbolize the shoddy conditions children and mothers are being held in", she tweeted out. They also called for the termination of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, a drastic demand that would have been unthinkable several months earlier.
Among those arrested in the senate building were Pramila Jayapal, a Democratic member of Congress representing Seattle.
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The crowd was joined by a number of US Senators who oppose Trump's immigration policies, as well as other prominent people, among them as the actress Susan Sarandon. Facing a massive public backlash, last week Trump issued an order allowing families to stay together after being detained at the border.
The women chanted slogans such as "we care" and "where are the children" in a largely peaceful standoff with police, who ordered them to leave.
The protest, which included 100 demonstrators and possibly just as many police, took place in the Hart Senate Office Building.
Many protesters in the atrium of the Hart Senate building wore foil blankets similar to those given to migrants housed at US detention facilities.
There will also be a large march in New York City across the Brooklyn Bridge and a rally in Washington, D.C., near the White House.