Eight Dems arrested at immigration rally

Eight Democratic lawmakers were arrested Tuesday while advocating for immigration reform at a sit-in on the National Mall in Washington.

Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), Keith Ellision (D-Minn.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Al Green (D-Texas) were among the estimated 200 people arrested by U.S. Capitol Police for protesting in the streets.

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While most of Washington’s parks have been shuttered because of the government shutdown, Tuesday’s demonstration was allowed because public areas are still available to citizens for First Amendment-related activities.

Immigration activists have recently sought to reignite debate over the issue. The Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill over the summer, and while the House Judiciary Committee has passed some small bills in response, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has declined to bring those up for a floor vote. 

Lewis, the famed civil rights activist who has frequently engaged in similar acts of civil disobedience, said over Twitter that it was his 45th arrest.