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 GreenAl GreenDemocrats stage protest during brief House session Dems decline to rush Fattah's departure Dems call for updated financial sector diversity probe MORE (D-Texas) were among the estimated 200 people arrested by U.S. Capitol Police for protesting in the streets.
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 BoehnerJohn BoehnerEXCLUSIVE: Pro-Hillary group takes 0K in banned donations Ryan: Benghazi report shows administration's failures Clinton can't escape Benghazi responsibility MORE (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.
Arrest number 45, protesting in support of comprehensive immigration reform pic.twitter.com/b6ngK1LJxM— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) October 8, 2013