Immigration activists rally in Washington D.C.

Several hundred activists gathered for an act of “mass civil disobedience” in the U.S. capital on Thursday ahead of weekend protests across the country against the Trump administration’s immigration policy.

“Say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcome here,” the crowd of about 500 protesters, including many white-clad women, chanted as they began marching down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the U.S. Department of Justice.

Women’s March, a movement that began when U.S. President Donald Trump was inaugurated in 2017, then spread internationally, has called on women to risk arrest at Thursday’s protest.

As the marchers passed the Trump International Hotel, which is run by the president’s company, they chanted, “Shame! Shame! Shame!”

Some organizers said they would risk arrest by ignoring any orders to disperse that the Capitol police might issue once their march arrives at the U.S. Congress. (Reuters)

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<p>A child raises her hand in protest as she and her mother join demonstrators to rally and march calling for “an end to family detention” and in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration in Washington, D.C., June 28, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) </p>
Immigration activists rally in Washington D.C.

A child raises her hand in protest as she and her mother join demonstrators to rally and march calling for “an end to family detention” and in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration in Washington, D.C., June 28, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

<p>Actress Susan Sarandan holds a banner as immigration activists rally as part of a march calling for “an end to family detention” and in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration, in Washington, D.C., June 28, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) </p>
Immigration activists rally in Washington D.C.

Actress Susan Sarandan holds a banner as immigration activists rally as part of a march calling for “an end to family detention” and in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration, in Washington, D.C., June 28, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

<p>A protester wears a top reading “I really do care, Don’t U” as she joins demonstrators rally and march calling for “an end to family detention” and in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration in Washington, D.C., June 28, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) </p>
Immigration activists rally in Washington D.C.

A protester wears a top reading “I really do care, Don’t U” as she joins demonstrators rally and march calling for “an end to family detention” and in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration in Washington, D.C., June 28, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

<p>A demonstrator cries as she joins a rally and march calling for “an end to family detention” and in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration in Washington, D.C., June 28, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) </p>
Immigration activists rally in Washington D.C.

A demonstrator cries as she joins a rally and march calling for “an end to family detention” and in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration in Washington, D.C., June 28, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

<p>Protesters march from Freedom Plaza to demonstrate against family detentions and to demand the end of criminalizing efforts of asylum seekers and immigrants June 28, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) </p>
Immigration activists rally in Washington D.C.

Protesters march from Freedom Plaza to demonstrate against family detentions and to demand the end of criminalizing efforts of asylum seekers and immigrants June 28, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

<p>A demonstrator dressed as U.S. President Donald Trump marches as immigration activists rally as part of a march calling for “an end to family detention” and in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration, in Washington, D.C., June 28, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) </p>
Immigration activists rally in Washington D.C.

A demonstrator dressed as U.S. President Donald Trump marches as immigration activists rally as part of a march calling for “an end to family detention” and in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration, in Washington, D.C., June 28, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

<p>Protesters march from Freedom Plaza to demonstrate against family detentions and to demand the end of criminalizing efforts of asylum seekers and immigrants June 28, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) </p>
Immigration activists rally in Washington D.C.

Protesters march from Freedom Plaza to demonstrate against family detentions and to demand the end of criminalizing efforts of asylum seekers and immigrants June 28, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

<p>Protesters gather in Freedom Plaza to march against family detentions and to demand the end of criminalizing efforts of asylum seekers and immigrants June 28, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) </p>
Immigration activists rally in Washington D.C.

Protesters gather in Freedom Plaza to march against family detentions and to demand the end of criminalizing efforts of asylum seekers and immigrants June 28, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

<p>People demonstrate in Washington, D.C., on June 28, 2018, demanding an end to the separation of migrant children from their parents. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Immigration activists rally in Washington D.C.

People demonstrate in Washington, D.C., on June 28, 2018, demanding an end to the separation of migrant children from their parents. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Protesters demonstrate in Freedom Plaza against family detentions and to demand the end of criminalizing efforts of asylum seekers and immigrants June 28, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) </p>
Immigration activists rally in Washington D.C.

Protesters demonstrate in Freedom Plaza against family detentions and to demand the end of criminalizing efforts of asylum seekers and immigrants June 28, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

<p>Immigration activists rally as part of a march calling for “an end to family detention” and in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration, in Washington, D.C., June 28, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) </p>
Immigration activists rally in Washington D.C.

Immigration activists rally as part of a march calling for “an end to family detention” and in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration, in Washington, D.C., June 28, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

<p>Immigration activists rally as part of a march calling for “an end to family detention” and in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration, in Washington, D.C., June 28, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) </p>
Immigration activists rally in Washington D.C.

Immigration activists rally as part of a march calling for “an end to family detention” and in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration, in Washington, D.C., June 28, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

<p>Hundreds of women march as part of a rally calling for “an end to family detention” and in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration, in Washington, D.C., June 28, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) </p>
Immigration activists rally in Washington D.C.

Hundreds of women march as part of a rally calling for “an end to family detention” and in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration, in Washington, D.C., June 28, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

<p>An undocumented immigrant from El Salvador who gave his name as Mario weeps as he tells the story of his daughter and wife being separated and detained at the border as they attempted to join him in the U.S. to demonstrators during a rally and march calling for “an end to family detention” and in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration in Washington, D.C., June 28, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) </p>
Immigration activists rally in Washington D.C.

An undocumented immigrant from El Salvador who gave his name as Mario weeps as he tells the story of his daughter and wife being separated and detained at the border as they attempted to join him in the U.S. to demonstrators during a rally and march calling for “an end to family detention” and in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration in Washington, D.C., June 28, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

<p>Hundreds of women march during a rally calling for “an end to family detention” and in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration in Washington, D.C., June 28, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) </p>
Immigration activists rally in Washington D.C.

Hundreds of women march during a rally calling for “an end to family detention” and in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration in Washington, D.C., June 28, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

<p>A demonstrator holds an image of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions as hundreds of women and immigration activists march as part of a rally calling for “an end to family detention” and in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration, in Washington, D.C., June 28, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) </p>
Immigration activists rally in Washington D.C.

A demonstrator holds an image of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions as hundreds of women and immigration activists march as part of a rally calling for “an end to family detention” and in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration, in Washington, D.C., June 28, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

<p>Hundreds of women and immigration activists march outside the Justice Department as part of a rally calling for “an end to family detention” and in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration, in Washington, D.C., June 28, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) </p>
Immigration activists rally in Washington D.C.

Hundreds of women and immigration activists march outside the Justice Department as part of a rally calling for “an end to family detention” and in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration, in Washington, D.C., June 28, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

<p>Immigration activists rally as part of a march calling for “an end to family detention” and in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration, in Washington, D.C., June 28, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) </p>
Immigration activists rally in Washington D.C.

Immigration activists rally as part of a march calling for “an end to family detention” and in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration, in Washington, D.C., June 28, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

<p>Hundreds of women and immigration activists march to the U.S. Capitol as part of a rally calling for “an end to family detention” and in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration, in Washington, D.C., June 28, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) </p>
Immigration activists rally in Washington D.C.

Hundreds of women and immigration activists march to the U.S. Capitol as part of a rally calling for “an end to family detention” and in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration, in Washington, D.C., June 28, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

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