3 Members of Congress Arrested at Trump Tower

They were part of a protest against Trump's immigration policies
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 19, 2017 2:13 PM CDT
3 Members of Congress Arrested at Trump Tower
Police gather protesters during a demonstration against President Trump and his policies on immigration as a man drives his car in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, outside Trump Tower.   (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Three Democratic members of Congress have been arrested at a protest outside Trump Tower, the AP reports. US Reps Raul Grijalva, of Arizona; Luis Gutierrez, of Illinois; and Adriano Espaillat, of New York, were among a small group of demonstrators who sat down in the street on Fifth Avenue Tuesday afternoon and refused to move. The Democratic speaker of New York's City Council, Melissa Mark-Viverito, also was handcuffed and led away.

The protesters were demanding that Congress pass legislation protecting thousands of young immigrants from deportation. Protest organizers had said prior to the event that the lawmakers planned to get arrested. President Trump delivered an address at the UN earlier Tuesday. Trump is scheduled to stay at Trump Tower this evening, but wasn't present for the protest. (Read more immigration stories.)

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