A wave of women took to the streets and protested in a Senate office building in the nation’s capital on Thursday, to call out the Trump administration’s immigrant family separations and detentions.

Around 2,500 people, largely women, joined in the demonstration in Washington, D.C., organizers told HuffPost. Led by organizers of the Women’s March, the rally was in response to President Donald Trump’s zero tolerance policy, which refers all unauthorized immigrants crossing the border for criminal prosecution, and has led to the separation of more than 2,000 kids from their parents.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and about 600 others were arrested at the demonstration. Protesters were processed on site and released, according to a statement from Capitol Police.

“I was just arrested with 500+ women and @WomensMarch to say @RealDonaldTrump’s cruel zero-tolerance policy will not continue,” Jayapal tweeted. “Not in our country. Not in our name.”

We are sitting in at the offices of Customs and Border Patrol. Release the asylum seekers and reunite them with their children. End family separation. NOW. Every hour that goes by is another hour of trauma for these moms, dads, little boys, girls and babies. pic.twitter.com/r6ufZy5G6c

— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) June 13, 2018

Demonstrators from across the country descended on D.C. for the protest, first blocking the street in front of the Department of Justice, and then proceeding to the Hart building, where hundreds sat down in the lobby wrapped in foil blankets ― a reference to similar blankets given to migrant families held in federal detention centers.

Protesters waved banners saying “End all detention camps,” and chanted “We care!” in an apparent response to First Lady Melania Trump recently wearing a jacket marked “I really don’t care, do u?” while on her way to visit migrant children at a detention center in Texas.

“Women across the country are horrified as we see our government violating the rights of women, separating families, and traumatizing children,” Women’s March co-chair Linda Sarsour said in a statement. “We are rising up to demand an end to the criminalization of immigrants.”

Several Democratic lawmakers showed up, including Reps. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and John Lewis (D-Ga.), as well as celebrities such as Susan Sarandon.

The protest was the latest of several in recent weeks against Trump’s harsh immigration crackdown. Another major demonstration is planned for Saturday across cities nationwide.

Here is what the women-led protest in D.C. looked like:

Women are being arrested by the hundreds in Congress demanding an end to the criminalization of immigrants. #EndFamilyDetention #AbolishICE pic.twitter.com/ns5KC4FRlV

— Women's March (@womensmarch) June 28, 2018

The Hart Senate office building is filled with the sound of hundreds of women & allies chanting “We Care!” So beautiful. THIS is what democracy looks like and we WILL make America what it must become. #EndFamilyDetention #AbolishICE #WomenDisobey@womensmarch @Alyssa_Milano pic.twitter.com/8fdV11QWDW

— Kai Newkirk (@kai_newkirk) June 28, 2018

HAPPENING NOW: Hundreds of activists have joined @womensmarch #WomenDisobey in a mass act of civil disobedience to demand #EndFamilyDetention and #AbolishICE. pic.twitter.com/z2MMC9wqkL

— Kyle O'Leary (@tkocreative) June 28, 2018

This is what democracy looks like. It’s powerful, intersectional and it is led by women. #WomenDisobey #AbolishICE #EndFamilySeparation #EndFamilyDetention ?: @tkocreative pic.twitter.com/j6KSiORJMb

— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) June 28, 2018

#WomenDisobey have 10th Street shut down outside the gates to the DOJ, all shouting WE CARE on this march’s first sit-in demanding a stop to family detention. pic.twitter.com/5PAIHWISWH

— Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) June 28, 2018

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), with infant, just rolled into the middle of the immigration-policy protest at Hart and got a rock-star reception. “What would it be like to have my breast-feeding child ripped away from me? This is deeply personal as a mother.” pic.twitter.com/5aiSvZtoUE

— Dan Zak (@MrDanZak) June 28, 2018 Download

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