Rep. Pramila Jayapal arrested during immigration protest in U.S. Senate building

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat, sat with the protesters and was also arrested.

After an outcry over the separation of parents and children at the border, Trump last week signed an executive order to allow children to stay with parents caught crossing the border illegally. She said she had been arrested at demonstrations three or four times since she became politically active after Trump's election.

After gathering at Freedom Plaza, the group marched to the Justice Department before heading to the Hart Senate Office Building.

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.

"I'm proud to have been arrested with them to put myself in the camp of people who believe that the United States is better", Jayapal said in a video on Twitter.

Winnie Wong, political adviser for the liberal National Women's March, said the protest would translate into "the energy we will need to see to at the ballot box in November".

The Associated Press reported that 575 protesters were eventually arrested after refusing to leave the building.

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The protest was organized and promoted by Women's March, the same group that mounted a massive protest effort previous year shortly after President Donald Trump took office.

Several Democratic lawmakers showed up, including Reps.

Thousands of demonstrators are expected to descend on Lafayette Square on Saturday in a protest calling for the end of family detentions and the return of the at least 2,500 children who were separated from their parents at the southern border.

"These folks are out here fighting for the core principles of our nation, and I applaud them for it", Merkley said in an interview.

Hundreds of people gathered at a rally outside a federal courthouse in Brownsville, Texas, near the US-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley.

And dozens of protesters shut down a government meeting in MI in protest against a contract with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) agency to house detainees at a local jail. The protesters were arrested for demonstrating inside the building, according to two police officers.

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