Over 30 Immigration Reform Advocates Arrested on Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON—More than 30 immigrant rights, labor, faith and other leaders were arrested Thursday on Capitol Hill in a protest aimed at the House GOP’s inability to pass an immigration reform bill that contains a pathway to citizenship and keeps families together.

The civil disobedience action was held to send a message to House GOP leaders that the fight for immigrant families has been escalated and will continue through the August recess and into the fall until the House produces a comprehensive bill that creates a path to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants.

Thursday’s action is the start of many nationwide activities that will be held to continue putting pressure on House GOP lawmakers. Over the August recess, the groups will participate in “40 Days of Action” to make sure Republicans don’t forget the urgency of passing immigration reform. The actions represent an escalation in the fight for immigrant families and a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

Advocates blocked traffic at the intersection of First Street and Independence Avenue Southeast by the House Cannon Office Building. Participants chanted, sang and held banners demanding the end to the immoral separation of families.