Protesters demonstrate inside the Hart Senate Office Building against family detentions. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Hundreds of women activists marched from Washington D.C.'s Freedom Plaza to Capitol Hill Thursday, protesting President Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy and demanding the abolishment of ICE.

What's happening: The protestors swarmed the main floor of the Hart Senate Office Building, wearing foil blankets and chanting, "abolish ICE!" and "where are the children?" U.S. Capitol Police arrested a few hundred of the protestors, including Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA). The arrests have reportedly been peaceful so far, and no one was handcuffed.

The backdrop: Even though Trump has signed an executive order aimed at ending family separation, it's still unclear when and how the administration will reunite the more than 2,000 separated children with their parents, many of whom are in detention facilities across the country. 

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