8 Democratic Reps Arrested at DC Immigration Protest
Lawmakers busted as thousands gather on National Mall to urge reform
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2013 7:27 AM CDT
Rep. Keith Ellison D-Minn., is arrested by US Capitol Police officers on Capitol Hill during a immigration rally in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

(Newser) – After lawmakers supported veterans in flooding DC's WWII memorial last week, the civil disobedience by congress members continued yesterday, with eight Democrats getting arrested at the National Mall during an immigration reform rally. The demonstration was intended to push Congress to pass immigration reform legislation, but also succeeded in pushing Reps. Joseph Crowley, Charles Rangel, Keith Ellison, Al Green, Luis Gutierrez, Jan Schakowsky, Raul Grijalva, and John Lewis into handcuffs, after they sat down in the middle of the street and blocked traffic with about 150 others, the New York Times reports.

"I’ve been arrested a few times, and I don’t mind getting arrested again for something that is right and fair and just," Lewis told Politico. In addition to those who were arrested, thousands of others gathered at the Mall to protest, shouting "Si se puede!” in a chant led by Nancy Pelosi. Tackling the really important issue, opponents said the protest shouldn't have been allowed to take place—because the National Mall should be closed due to the shutdown. "The Mall is supposed to be shut," said the leader of one anti-immigration group, per the Times. "Why is the Park Service helping illegal immigrant groups and desperate labor unions to have a rally today?"

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HMD-SMD-ITY
Oct 10, 2013 2:47 PM CDT
Demonstration for demonstration sake supporting at least the $5T portion of the deficit caused by illegals flooding across the border and tanking Section-8, TANF, SSI, AFDC, SNAP, ACCESS, and WIC. That's just the start. Mexico reported yesterday they have cut back their own medical services so much, that women are being turned away from neonatal and NICU units. They closed so many federally funded hospitals and cut $2B per year for the past 10 years because they had flooded US hospitals with the free ES LA LEY cases. That in turn helped cause the massive debt increase in the US budget as illegals flee to wherever the free medical care is offered. In many instances, it means a state-to-state chase of benefits as state's get into financial trouble. The protest, was to protect the ES LA LEY laws currently on the books and in no harm of being repealed. ES LA LEY is here to stay even under Dumbamacare. So those who protested were simply media sponging on a fake issue that does not exist nor will it ever exist.
tickle_me_blue
Oct 9, 2013 10:55 PM CDT
Before I was allowed in the country I had to pay a bunch of fees and turn in paperwork, then I had prove I could speak and read basic English and sign documents that stated I wasn't allowed any welfare or I would have to leave the country. Then, when I stayed in the country I had to continue paying fees and filing paperwork and prove that I continued stay within the law. Finally, when it came to citizenship, I had to pay fees and do paperwork, prove I could read and speak English fluently and take several test proving I knew the history and laws of the country. I was unable to get any government documents translated into my first language ever during the process. I have no problems with immigrants, obviously because I am one. However I have a huge issue with people entering or staying in the country illegally and expecting preferential treatment, and I have a huge issue with the jerks who assist them and cry that they deserve it because its only human. The system was fine for me but its unfair to someone else? Bull. And if you want to discuss immigration seriously, then stop talking about how its racist (because its actually the opposite of what you think) and stop bringing Mexicans into it. Last I checked they aren't the only immigrants, legal or illegal. I challenge anyone here who is all for amnesty to explain why I had to go through the system for almost two decades but someone else shouldn't have to. I challenge you to explain why the rules should only be in place for a select few and shouldn't apply to everyone.
People_Suck
Oct 9, 2013 7:27 PM CDT
"Just say NO to criminals". It's that easy.