Arrests Made at Rally for Immigration
Over 100 women part of the "Women for Fair Immigration Reform" group were detained at the United States Capitol last September for blocking traffic in a protest. The women gathered at the location to push for reforms to immigration, angry at the lack of response made by Congress. At least twenty of the women detained were illegal immigrants.
In the rally, the women pushed out into the street on Independence Avenue, gathered into a circle and held hands. "Yes we can," and "Si se puede," they chanted, as police arrested them. The women were handcuffed and loaded into vans, though based on the photos of the incident, many of those involved had a smile on their face.
The message promoting fair immigration reform is not a new one, as process being made toward immigration legislation has been at a standstill since last summer. Even after a five week long break over the summer, Lawmakers were still unable to move forward with any changes.
One of the participants in the movement, who also happens to be an illegal immigrant, made a comment that many illegal immigrants want to contribute to the United States' economy. "We need immigration reform," she said.
The woman went on to say that current laws regarding immigration can tear families apart. While her and her husband are illegal immigrants, her two children are immune to deportation because they are young. While in office, President Obama created a program that prevents children from facing deportation even if they are not citizens.
The event has drawn a lot of criticism directed at both the protesters and law enforcement. "We arrest them for protesting, but not for being here illegally," one man said. "If the women arrested are not put into deportation proceedings immediately, then this will be proof positive that this administration has no intention of enforcing immigration laws now or in the future," said another.
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