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Capitol Police arrested 70 people in the Senate office building Thursday, including a 90-year-old nun, as demonstrators gathered to protest the administration’s immigration policies.
The arrests came as tensions flared on Capitol Hill surrounding the immigration debate, including allegations of massive overcrowding and unsanitary conditions at U.S. Border Patrol facilities.
The article goes on to state the following:
“The United States Capitol Police arrested 70 individuals for unlawfully demonstrating in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building. All were charged with D.C. Code §22-1307, Crowding, Obstructing, or Incommoding,” USCP Communications Director Eva Malecki wrote in an email.
90-year-old Sister Pat Murphy, a member of the Sisters of Mercy, was one of the people arrested.
“These are our brothers and sisters and they are part of the human family and how can we not? I mean, any person with any human compassion would reach out,” she told ABC News by phone. “What is going on is, it’s just abominable. It’s a horrific situation that’s happening right now.”
#Jesuit William Critchley-Menor, S.J., is arrested at the #CatholicDayofAction for #Immigrant children at the US Capitol. Over 70 have been arrested—including priests, nuns, and lay leaders. #EndChildDetention#Catholics4Migrants @JamesMartinSJ @ThomasReeseSJ pic.twitter.com/GOgpJX4Ni6
— Ignatian Solidarity (@IGsolidarityNET) July 18, 2019
Today, 70 Catholic leaders, including nine Sisters of Mercy, locked arms in an act of nonviolent civil disobedience to end the detention of immigrant children.#CatholicDayOfAction #Catholics4Migrants #MercyForImmigrantshttps://t.co/v83svFYJQK
— Sisters of Mercy (@SistersofMercy) July 18, 2019
Capitol police now says 70 activists were arrested at the civil disobedience act in the Russell rotunda, and they’ve been charged with “crowding, obstructing, & incommoding”, a violation of DC code that prohibits protests inside congressional buildings pic.twitter.com/33lar6Q9UM
— María Peña (@mariauxpen) July 18, 2019
Capitol police say 70 people, most Catholic clergy, were arrested in what’s becoming a wave of faith-based action against border detention facilities. Here’s the moment they formed a cross in the Russell rotunda. #CatholicDayOfAction pic.twitter.com/VZOfMlkHMm
— Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) July 18, 2019
About 70 activists prayed the rosary as they rallied at Capitol Hill to protest the government’s treatment of children at the U.S.-Mexico border. https://t.co/aZRrnEsNLU
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) July 18, 2019
70 demonstrators from a Catholic coalition were arrested Thursday as they protested conditions of migrant children at the border https://t.co/gAA4PdJsNF
— Roll Call (@rollcall) July 18, 2019
70 Catholics arrested in D.C. protesting U.S. border policy https://t.co/YgmVz9mKSq
— America Magazine (@americamag) July 18, 2019
Priests and nuns among 70 Catholic activists arrested during a protest against Trump’s immigration policies on Capitol Hill https://t.co/R6ucNb0nRq
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) July 18, 2019
Capitol Police arrest 70 people in the Capitol Rotunda, including a 90-year-old nun, as demonstrators gathered to protest the administration’s immigration policies. https://t.co/nU627GTt1P
— ABC News (@ABC) July 18, 2019
Organizers now say the number arrested — including many nuns — at today’s pro-immigrant protest on Capitol Hill was *70.*
— Jack Jenkins (@jackmjenkins) July 18, 2019
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