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Eight Democratic Congressmen Arrested During Immigration Rally

Usually when we see lawmakers fighting for their constituents, it is a debate on a news station, or a speech made in front of cameras. However, every now and then, we get to see law makers TRULY fighting for people by doing it the old fashioned way: protesting

NBC News reports:

“Eight Democratic lawmakers were arrested Tuesday while advocating for comprehensive immigration reform in front of the U.S. Capitol.

Democratic Reps. John Lewis of Georgia, Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, Charlie Rangel of New York, Raul Grijalva of Arizona, Joe Crowley of New York, Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Al Green of Texas were all detained by Capitol Police. The politicians, along with activists who attended an immigration rally on the National Mall Tuesday afternoon, staged a sit-in near the west side of the Capitiol.”

Representative John Luis proudly claimed that this was his 45th arrest, as he has participated in sit-ins and marches throughout his distinguished life of politics and fighting for civil rights.

Several thousand attended the rally, and 200 arrests were made.  Not much was expected to come of this rally, as Congress is continuing to battle it out over the government shutdown. The organizers, however, said they were okay with this. The rally was meant to show that the immigration reform fight is not over.

Can we expect to see more lawmakers get arrested for worthy causes in the future? Is this the sign of truly caring congressmen, or just another stunt? Whatever their motive, the decision to engage in civil disobedience was a brave move, and it is likely to  affect them in next year’s elections.

About Jacob Daruvala

I am a 17 year old progressive from California. I first became interested in politics when President Obama ran for president in 2008. He was the first person I recognized as a modern day leader that I admired. Despite not being able to vote, I excitedly talked to people about him. This introduced me to the world of politics. I trained myself on the issues, I became more interested in history, and eventually decided that the world of politics would be my career. My interests in progressive writing are very broad. From LGBT rights, to universal healthcare, I am dedicated to using my voice to fight for what is right. Follow my articles here: https://twitter.com/JacobDaruvala

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