Immigration protest outside Capitol leads to over 100 arrests
September 12th, 2013
11:35 AM ET
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Immigration protest outside Capitol leads to over 100 arrests

Updated 9/12/2013 at 1:20pm

Washington (CNN) – Over 100 people were arrested Thursday morning as a group of undocumented women participated in an act of "civil disobedience" outside Congress, protesting what they call the House of Representatives' inaction on immigration reform.

A large group of the women, some of whom they say are undocumented, formed a sitting circle in the middle of the intersection in front of the Capitol building.

Lieutenant Kim Schneider of the U.S. Capitol Police confirmed that over 100 people were arrested at 10:30 a.m., charged with Crowding, Obstructing, or Incommoding under DC Code 22-1307. Event spokesperson Maria Bianchi, who is with the public relations firm BerlinRosen hired to coordinate the rally, said 25 undocumented immigrants were among those arrested.

According to a release from one of the groups participating, the women knew they were risking arrest in the protest. They are trying to call attention to "the House's inaction on comprehensive and inclusive immigration reform that treats all immigrants - especially women and children – fairly," according to a release from GetEQUAL, a social justice group that advocates for full equality for LGBT Americans.

Hundreds more were expected to take part in the protest but not the civil disobedience, the release said, watching from the sidewalk. The goal, to "speak out about how women disproportionately bear the burden of the failed system, despite their considerable contributions to the well-being of their families, communities and the country."

GetEQUAL co-director Heather Cronk was planning on participating. Fellow co-director Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez is himself an undocumented immigrant and immigration reform advocate, according to the release.

–CNN's Lisa Desjardins and Greg Seaby contributed to this report


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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. just saying

    if they are here illegally and get arrested fo rbreaking the law, deport them immediately. enforce the laws of this nation equally. if obama refuses to enfocre our laws, he should be impeached for violating his oath of office. i am sick and tired of his picking and choosing what laws to enforce based on whether they are his political supporters or advesaries. he looks more and more like a leftist tin pot dictator every time he does it.

    September 12, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    The one problem with civil disobedience is that it too easily leads to civil unrest. Blocking traffic is not civil disobedience IMHO.

    September 12, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    USA needs stringent immigration. Also cut the number of H1-B visas. IT is totally outsourced.

    September 12, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. RIchard Long

    Arrested for 'civil disobedience' and not for blatantly violating US Code 8 Section 1325?!

    September 12, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. Sniffit

    "deport them immediately"

    Yeah, because starting your argument with "ignore all administrative and/or judicial processes set forth in the law" and ending it with "I have no idea what prosecutorial discretion is and like to mischaracterize exercises of it as an abhorrent refusal to enforce the law" carries with it no cognitive dissonance whatsoever.

    September 12, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Donna

    Isn't it just wonderful that these people can break and flaunt our laws right in front of our law makers, not fear deportation, and demand things from the rest of us. Welcome to the leftist world that Democrats have created in this country.

    It is no longer a country that you entered legally, worked hard and got ahead. It is now a country that openly allows law breakers to flaunt the law and make demands. If I were President, the illegals that pulled this would be fast tracked for jail and deportation. We used to be a nation of laws before Obama took office. Now we are just a nation of law breakers.

    September 12, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. O'drama ya Mama

    just saying

    if they are here illegally and get arrested fo rbreaking the law, deport them immediately. enforce the laws of this nation equally. if obama refuses to enfocre our laws, he should be impeached for violating his oath of office. i am sick and tired of his picking and choosing what laws to enforce based on whether they are his political supporters or advesaries. he looks more and more like a leftist tin pot dictator every time he does it.
    September 12, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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    Are you just yelling for the sake of yelling? These people are being arrested and the law is being enforced so what exactly are you trying to say?

    September 12, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. Becker

    Live on the Texas border like I did growing up and you will rethink immigration. Twenty-five years ago it was mostly nice people trying to work and now its a bunch of bandits and drug smugglers. Its scary. Increase border strength and grant more H1 visas for the educated. We are losing US educated and possibly very good employees. The US needs an immigration system that fast-tracks the educated and those willing in invest heavily in business.

    September 12, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. Gunderson

    So so solly,
    Un-documented have no rights here except to return to their homeland. About a million plus are becoming citizens each year by going thru the legal process. It extremely disgusting that illegal's protest for Amnesty. Sorry Old Gunderson say NO AMNESTY ! You want become citizen? Go home, get in line!

    September 12, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. Hector Slagg

    Give all illegal's Frontier Justice. Either they agree to deport immedeatly or go to jail until they comply. No Court, no Judge.

    September 12, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. just saying

    Sniffit
    "deport them immediately"
    Yeah, because starting your argument with "ignore all administrative and/or judicial processes set forth in the law" and ending it with "I have no idea what prosecutorial discretion is and like to mischaracterize exercises of it as an abhorrent refusal to enforce the law" carries with it no cognitive dissonance whatsoever.
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    obama has repeatedly that laws are merely suggestions, to be ignored and circumvented whenever he wanted. if he can do that then i would be doing exactly the same thing. enforcing the laws as i interpretted them. no years long process that allows detained illegals to wander our streets, commit crimes, protest and demand things, instead fast and swift determination. all these long processes are just there to line the pockets of lawyer thieves.

    this is not rocket science. produce your proof that you are an american citizen or on a bus for the border within a week. you want to appeal? do it from mexico. we'll pay the bus fair back if we messed up. see how generous i can be!

    September 12, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. just saying

    O'drama ya Mama
    These people are being arrested and the law is being enforced so what exactly are you trying to say?
    -–

    it does not say that the ones here illegally and are arrested will be deported. they will likely walk free. please try to keep up.

    September 12, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "We were prior to the election of 2008 when the dope addicts, welfare frauds and corrupt unions allied with the democrat liberals to elect the most incompetent, inept, corrupt president we have ever had as the liberally biased media cheered them on and supported them. Now we see a once great country in steep decline our loves being run by the gangstas and other non tax;paying criminals. Everywhere we see nothing but decay and corruption. The Obama legacy."

    Translation: "I hate brown people and the country is turning browner, so I'm quite upset about it."

    September 12, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. Gurgyl

    IT is filled with foreigners on H1-B visas not paying Taxes. Job-train our people, bring MANUFACTURE.

    September 12, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. O'drama ya Mama

    just saying

    O'drama ya Mama
    These people are being arrested and the law is being enforced so what exactly are you trying to say?
    -–

    it does not say that the ones here illegally and are arrested will be deported. they will likely walk free. please try to keep up.
    September 12, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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    While I will agree that it doesnt conclude they will be deported it also does not conclude that they wont. You are simply drawing a conclusion that they will not be deported to fit your script of Obama being a bad president. Trust me, im much more up to speed then you think ;)

    September 12, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. just saying

    O'drama ya Mama
    While I will agree that it doesnt conclude they will be deported it also does not conclude that they wont. You are simply drawing a conclusion that they will not be deported to fit your script of Obama being a bad president. Trust me, im much more up to speed then you think
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    hahaha.... not if they are part of the dreamer group that obama has already illegally broken and circumvented our laws to allow these illegals to be here without fear of deportation. again, you are not thinking this through and need to think deeper to grasp the implications of obama's disregard for our laws.

    September 12, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. smith

    You have to be kidding. You are here illegally, not a citizen and are crying about our countries politics. Bye, don`t let the door hit you the way out. Time to build a wall.

    September 12, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "So so solly,"

    I see...so GOP/Teatroll "outreach" has now moved on to insulting and alienating the Asian community as well? Please proceed.

    September 12, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "obama has repeatedly that laws are merely suggestions, to be ignored and circumvented whenever he wanted."

    You cite nothing. And you know why you don't: Because you know I can coherently explain why it was an exercise of prosecutorial discretion and otherwise within the power of the executive to do things like determine that deportation process priority should be given to violent and/or felony offenders as opposed to non-violent children brought here by their parents.

    September 12, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "this is not rocket science. produce your proof that you are an american citizen or on a bus for the border within a week. you want to appeal? do it from mexico. we'll pay the bus fair back if we messed up. see how generous i can be!"

    Have fun with the Section 1983 lawsuits. I guarantee you'll be finding out just how "generous" you can be with that kind of ridiculously hamfisted, brainless policy, genius.

    September 12, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  21. Thomas

    More wars mean more refuges , creating a brain drain for rebuilding the country of conflict .

    The days of families of five or more immigrating to the US should be over.

    SUSTAINABILITY , unless your a Romney .

    September 12, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  22. qa

    hopefully no action will take place, and these illegal criminals will come into our country legally..

    September 12, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  23. smith

    @sniffit-Obama has deported more illegals than any other president. So is he a racist?

    September 12, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Hector Slagg actually suggeted:

    Give all illegal's Frontier Justice. Either they agree to deport immedeatly or go to jail until they comply. No Court, no Judge.
    ------------------
    Oh, that's brilliant. So when they don't agree to deport, you will need jails for millions of people. You will need to build those jails, hire oficers to run them, etc. If you round 10 million people, now multiply that by the $30,000 per year that it costs to house your average inmate. You wind with a $300 billion annual price tag, which is nearly a billion per day. At its' most costly, the Bush wars only cost $2 billion per week.

    September 12, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |