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Capitol Police Arrest 90-Year-Old Nun For Protesting Trump’s Immigration Policy

Nothing says “healthy democracy” like the arrest of a 90-year-old nun in the nation’s capital, right? D.C. police arrested the nun along with 69 others for protesting the Trump administration’s treatment of immigrants in the Senate office building.

The protesters, some of whom are part of the Catholic activist group Sisters of Mercy, and charged with “Crowding, Obstructing, or Incommoding,” according to USCP Communications Director Eva Malecki.

Video of the arrest, taken by Washington Post reporter Marissa J. Lang, is spreading on Twitter.

Protesters in the video are shown standing in a circle around the Senate office building lobby with a few lying on the floor in the center in the shape of a cross, all chanting the Hail Mary prayer as the cops bind their hands with zip tie cuffs and lead a group of them away. The video is from above, but you can see that some of those being arrested have white or gray hair.

ABC News interviewed the 90-year-old, Sister Pat Murphy, who called the current immigration policies and border situation “immoral,” “shameful,” and “a disgrace.” She explained that she “cannot not” work to help the people detained for seeking a better life.

“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 said. “What is going on is, it’s just abominable. It’s a horrific situation that’s happening right now.”

“People are being punished because our immigration system is broken, it’s shattered, it doesn’t exist.”

Rachel Maddow boosted the video on her Twitter account, and many people are reacting with support for Sister Murphy and disdain for the way she was treated.

This administration would have arrested Mr. Rogers if he had stood up to them.