Blocking traffic during rush hour on Tuesday, several House Democrats protested in an immigration rally on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Some protesters positioned themselves in the middle of First Avenue, while others marched toward the U.S. Capitol. Eight congressmen were subsequently arrested. According to The Blaze, “the congressmen were charged with ‘crowding, obstructing, and incommoding’ under D.C. Code 22-1307 and will be processed by the U.S. Capitol Police at 67 K Street, SW.”
The march was held by group known as Camino Americano and its purpose was to encourage Congress to pass legislation which would allow illegal immigrants in the U.S. to apply for citizenship. According to the Wall Street Journal, the rally was to take place on the National Mall on 10th St. and would be followed by a march to the capitol around 3 p.m. The Star Tribune reported that “the march was held on the National Mall even though the open-area park is closed due to the federal government shutdown.”
Concerning the rally, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Tex.) tweeted, “Obama closed the National Mall to WWII vets. You can visit it tomorrow, but only if you’re in the illegal alien rally.”
Among those arrested were Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY), Rep. Al Green (D-TX), Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Rep. Jan Schawkowsky (D-IL) and Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY).