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Susan Sarandon joins group protesting Trump's border policy

30 June 2018

A main event in Washington, expected to draw tens of thousands of marchers, two days after thousands of women marched to Capitol Hill and almost 600-including Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.)-were arrested for demonstrating in the Hart Senate Office Building.

Two of those arrested included actress Susan Sarandon and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who serves the 7th Congressional District of Washington state.

The protesters were organized by a group of advocacy organizations, including the Women's March and the immigrant advocacy organization Casa de Maryland. Kamala Harris, spoke.Protesters chanted slogans on their way to the Capitol, including, "No hate, no fear. I realized I had to do something more than protest, more than make a sign and march".

The scheduled protests come as the Trump administration continues to face the fallout from its "zero tolerance" immigration policy at the U.S. -Mexico border.

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About 100 people were arrested at the protest in the Senate building, but CNN reported that Capitol Police are expecting to arrest "a couple of hundred".

"I have two kids and as a white mother, there is nearly no circumstance that they would be taken away from me - ever, " said Victoria Farris, who slept Wednesday night in All Souls Church after participating in civil disobedience training.

"Since the beginning, President Trump has shown callous disregard toward mothers, fathers, and children who only want to find safety", Amnesty International USA's tactical campaigns manager Ashley Houghton said in a press release. Trump reversed that policy last week, through protest organizers said they plan to go on with the events nationwide in a unified rebuke of the administration's treatment of immigrants.

Ms Jayapal, 52, was arrested along with over 500 other women at Capitol Hill on Thursday.

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Ana Maria Archila, executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy, said calling for the disbandment of ICE "would have seemed absurd even a few months ago".

Most of the children separated from their families before the order was signed have not yet been reunited with them.

Dozens of social justice groups were mobilizing their ranks to participate in the Families Belong Together protests this week, including Planned Parenthood, Win Without War, and National Nurses United.

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Susan Sarandon joins group protesting Trump's border policy