Eight U.S. Congressmen Arrested for Immigration Protest

October 8, 2013

Eight U.S. Congressmen were among over 200 protesters arrested in Washington, DC yesterday during a rally calling for comprehensive immigration reform.

The members of Congress who were arrested were: Reps. John Lewis (D-GA) Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL), Charles B. Rangel (D-NY), Joseph Crowley (D-NY) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Al Green (D-TX). U.S. Capitol police charged them with crowding, obstructing and incommoding", which is a misdemeanor.

Although the National Mall is closed due to the government shutdown, protesters were allowed in under First Amendment privileges.

Rallies and protests have taken place across the nation since Saturday and will continue throughout the month of October to urge the House to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill. Over 150 immigration rallies took place over the weekend including in Orlando.

What are you doing to push immigration reform? Contacting members of Congress? Holding rallies? Writing letters?


Anonymous said...

Interesting that not one was a Rep.