Duckworth joins women's Capitol protest with baby
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Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthDems blast EPA nominee at confirmation hearing 116th Congress breaks records for women, minority lawmakers The 15 Democrats who voted against Pelosi MORE (D-Ill.) and her newborn baby on Thursday joined hundreds of mostly women at a protest of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy on Capitol Hill.

The Illinois Democrat, who recently gave birth to baby girl named Maile, joined Democratic colleagues Sens. Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyDem senator requests FBI investigate Nielsen for potential perjury Trump officials discussed ‘deterrent effect’ of prosecuting migrant parents: report Senate Democrats hold talkathon to protest partial shutdown MORE (D-Ore.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandGroup aiming to draft Beto O’Rourke unveils first 2020 video The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Day 27 of the shutdown | Cohen reportedly paid company to rig online polls, boost his own image | Atlantic publishes ‘Impeach Donald Trump’ cover story Gillibrand to attend Women's March Iowa after announcing 2020 bid MORE (N.Y.), and others who also attended a protest on Capitol Hill. 

"I wanted to show my support for the folks here today," Duckworth told CNN after her visit with protesters. "I could only imagine what it would be like to have my daughter -- my breastfeeding child -- ripped away from me the way some of these other moms' babies have been."

Demonstrators at the protest wrapped themselves in foil to represent the foil-like sleeping bags migrant children slept in at detention facilities after being separated from their parents.

Hundreds of people were reportedly arrested at the event, including Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal (Wash.).


The controversial family separations are a result of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should 'make clear what he's disputing' MORE's policy to prosecute all immigrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. It led to hundreds of children being separated  and detained separately from their families.

After public backlash over the policy, Trump signed an executive order allowing families to be detained together. However, it remains unclear how the administration will reunite families.

Duckworth and Maile also made headlines earlier this year by making what is thought to be the first appearance of a baby on the Senate floor.