A large Immigration Rally was held on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 seeking to push the House Republicans to hold a vote on the stalled immigration reform bill. A rally and concert were held on the National Mall in front of the U.S. Capitol. When members of the rally started blocking the main street in front of the Capital over (200) were arrested! Among those arrested were (8) members of the U.S. House of Representatives, which I have listed below.
Congressman, John Lewis of Georgia (D)
Congressman, Luis Gutiérrez of Illinois (D)
Congressman, Jan Schakowsky of Illinois (D)
Congressman, Raúl Grijalva of Arizona (D)
Congressman, Keith Ellison of Minnesota (D)
Congressman, John Crowley of New York (D)
Congressman, Charles Rangel of New York (D)
Congressman, Al Green of Texas (D)
*As reported by the Associated Press
The National Mall is closed because of the government shutdown; however, a spokesman for the National Parks Service said that Tuesday’s immigration rally was allowed because it is considered a First Amendment demonstration. He also said the park service is now allowing veterans to visit the memorials for the same reason.
Source of Information:
WTOP.com, 10/9/13, DC News Police arrest 8 House members at immigration rally
USA Today, 10/8/13, News Article Immigrants rally in D.C.; urge Congress to pass a bill