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Activists escorted from Cantor's office

A group of children protesting House Republicans’ inaction on immigration reform left Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) personal office Thursday after a Capitol Police officer threatened to arrest them if they stayed.

“We want reform, we want it now. We are titanium. Keep our families together. We want reform right now,” the group of mostly young children and teenagers sang in his personal office.

The pro-immigration reform group Keeping Families Together, which sent young activists from across the country to Washington this week, posted a video of their protest on YouTube.

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A Capitol Police officer entered the office, and Cantor’s front-desk staffer said he told the activists if they want to meet with Cantor, they would have to submit an email request. “Unfortunately, they don’t want to do that,” the staffer said.

“You’re going to have to leave now,” the officer said to the group. “Does anyone here plan on getting arrested today?”

They continued singing, and the officer warned again they would be arrested if they didn’t leave. “You will be subject to arrest if you stay in this room.”

Soon after, they left the office located in the Cannon House Office Building. It's unknown whether Cantor was in the office at the time. He also has a leadership office inside the Capitol.

During similar protests in congressional offices, Capitol Police usually follow that same procedure. Capitol Police did not respond to a request for comment.

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