With the zero tolerance policy now in tatters, the women are turning to an even bigger target, demanding the abolition of ICE and for the release of all illegal immigrants from detention.
"What the administration is doing right now is morally wrong, it is inhumane and it has to stop", Gillibrand said. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, and Sen.
"It was very important that women, as the people that have been leading the resistance to the Trump regime, take a bold action of escalation of pressure together", she said.
More than 500 women including a member of Congress were arrested on Thursday (Jun 28) in the US Capitol complex protesting President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policy that has triggered thousands of family separations at the border with Mexico.
Despite the fact that President Trump signed an executive order last week reversing his administration's family-separation policy, more than 2,000 children were still waiting to be reunited with their parents as of June 26, causing further anger and accusations that the administration is taking too long to take action.
After June 30, organizers say they'll continue working until their demands are met.
The public outcry in the wake of images and stories of the children caught in the middle of Trump's immigration policy has sparked a fierce debate in the US.
Saturday's protest will convene at Lafayette Square, across from the White House, before moving down 15th Street NW toward Freedom Plaza, then down Pennsylvania Avenue NW to the Department of Justice.
But now it was central to the mission of her group and Thursday's march. "It's going to work out great". As they passed by the Trump International Hotel, the protesters yelled "Shame" and "Where are the children?".
Two of those arrested included actress Susan Sarandon and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who serves the 7th Congressional District of Washington state. "This is not a bad enough crime to lock them up and take their children away".
After repeated calls from the police demanding that they leave the premises or face arrest, officers were forced to move in, detaining at least 575 activists for "unlawful demonstration", AP reported.
"I felt we really needed something that was easy for people to get to", she said. They were charged with unlawful demonstration.
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".
"I sought it out", Elly Brinkley, who arrived from NY earlier this week, said Thursday.
Organizers suggest participants wear the color white to display "unity".
"At this moment, there is actually different momentum around immigration". And so those voices, I think, are being heard. "I think that the inhumanity of this policy is activating new people who haven't been activated into the resistance before".