An immigration rally on the National Mall ended in several arrests Tuesday afternoon.
The “Camino Americano: March for Dignity and Respect” was held as scheduled despite the Mall being closed for the government shutdown. Several popular Latino artists and members of Congress were also in attendance to call on Congress to approve comprehensive immigration reform.
During the afternoon, dozens of people broke off from the main group and blocked 1st Street NW, in an attempt to show how much they are willing to put on the line for immigration reform and a path to citizenship.
According to Capitol Police, 200 demonstrators refusing to move were arrested around 4 p.m. and charged with crowding, obstructing and incommoding. Included were several Democratic congressmen, including civil rights activist Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.).
The other congressmen arrested were Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Rep. Raul Grivjalva (D-Ariz.), Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), Rep. Al Green (D-Texas), Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.).