Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Indian-American Congresswoman arrested in Washington anti-immigration protest

Indian-American Congresswoman arrested in Washington anti-immigration protest

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.

Both of those protests demanded the disbandment of ICE as well as the return of children to their families and the end to Trump's immigration crackdown. After Trump signed an executive order on June 20 abolishing the practice, the demonstration evolved to demand that the USA government reunite separated families and work toward immigration reform. "We can't let the Trump administration shift the blame or use families as bargaining chips for their inhumane policy agenda", Praeli said, calling for an "immediate reunification of parents and children and an end to this cruel policy". The protest is timed with other protests nationwide and is also meant to oppose Trump's ban on travelers from certain Muslim-majority nations.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Dozens of groups around the state are planning to join a national movement with planned "Families Belong Together" rallies and marches today.

US Capitol Police arrested approximately 575 individuals with unlawfully demonstrating.

The filing does not say outright that the White House will detain families longer than 20 days but rather for the "pendency" of immigration proceedings - which could last months.

One of the first voices to call for the abolition of ICE was New York Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon. The next day, a judge in California granted a preliminary injunction giving the government 30 days to reunify minors with their families, 14 days if the child is younger than five.

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More than 2,500 undocumented children were separated from their parents in the weeks since the zero-tolerance policy took effect.

"While Donald Trump is in Mar-a-lago we'll be on the streets of Philly", said Lee Fishman, an ACLU volunteer. Protesters in Houston chanted, "No baby jails", outside City Hall.

She said the threat of deportation isn't just at the border. "We are not protestors, we are protectors!" read a tweet from the Women's March. We will build a country that reflects our values.

Critics say the agency has treated some would-be immigrants cruelly and unfairly. She said she had been arrested at demonstrations three or four times since she became politically active after Trump's election.

She said organizers have notified police about their plans and expect the rally to remain peaceful.

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