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Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Immigration Reform Rally Ends In Arrests In Front Of U.S. Capitol

Illegals Protesting for Immigration Reform
by Hansi Lo Wang, NPR: As of early Wednesday morning, all of the demonstrators arrested at Tuesday's rally have been processed and released. A U.S. Capitol Police spokesperson also provided the final tally of protesters arrested, and the article below has been updated to reflect that number.

Two hundred demonstrators were arrested at a rally for immigration reform on the National Mall Tuesday. Capitol Police detained the protesters, including Georgia Rep. John Lewis and other members of Congress, after they sat down in the street in front of the U.S. Capitol building.

Rally organizers say they wanted to remind Congress to keep immigration reform on the legislative agenda, which has been bogged down by the ongoing government shutdown and federal spending debate. Tuesday's event followed similar demonstrations over the weekend around the country in support of immigration reform.

In the nation's capital, the chanting of "¡Sí, se puede! ¡Sí, se puede!" ("Yes, we can! Yes, we can!" in Spanish) echoed across the Mall as a mix of labor union members, community organizers and young families with strollers made their way toward the Capitol from the rally's earlier site in front of the Smithsonian Institution building. . . . [Read more]

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