Hundreds of women descended on Capitol Hill yesterday in a massive display of civil disobedience resulting in more than 600 arrests.
The women gathered in Washington, D.C. to protest the current administration’s harsh immigration policies. Many wrapped themselves in the same mylar emergency blankets given to immigrant children in detention centers.
Eventually, the women stormed the Hart Senate Office Building and began a sit-in protest demanding the reunification of immigrant families separated at the border.
“In light of the dark moments that we have in our country, from ripping children from the parents to the Supreme Court decision on the Muslim ban, on the anti-abortion clinics, on breaking down labor, on Justice Kennedy retiring and us having to think about what our Supreme Court is going to look like for the next 30, 40 years, I feel inspired. I feel inspired by women from across the country who came here to risk arrest and say, ‘We’re not going to sit back when this injustice is happening.’ So, the world is pretty messed up, but I feel hopeful and inspired.” — Linda Sarsour
The protests come only days after a federal judge ruled that the administration must reunite all immigrant children with their parents within 30 days, and all children under the age of 5 within 14 days.
Unfortunately, the ruling did not put an end to the prosecution of people who cross the border, but did mandate that the administration could not separate any more families.
Despite the judge’s ruling, however, no plan or strategy for reuniting these children has been put forth by any of the departments or agencies involved in their detention.
Because of the lack of any solid strategy, many are concerned that the administration will appeal the judge’s ruling on the grounds that they do not have enough time to meet the judge’s order without a plan in place.