Seven members of the US congress were arrested today, when they sat in the middle of the road and blocked traffic, prior to the immigration rally, held at the national mall. Arrested were, Keith Ellison, John Lewis, Joseph Crowley, Al Gree, Charley Rangel, Raul Grijalva, and Luis Gutierrez.
Despite the disturbance, the park police allowed the illegal immigrants to rally at the national mall. Javier Morillo, president of Service Employees International Union Local 26, was also arrested.
The group claimed it was to urge congress, especially Republicans to pass immigration reform. The congressmen were arrested for crowding, obstructing, and incommoding. All are misdemeanors. The arrests were to highlight the protest named the Camino Americano Rally for Immigrant Dignity and Respect.
The rally itself was a disappointment as only a couple of thousand showed up. Organizers had predicted that "tens of thousands" of protesters would attend. This follows a week in which there were multiple rallies in 40 states that drew 50,000 total.
Sen. Jeff Sessions took the opportunity to criticize the Senate Bill, which would double the amount of "guest workers" allowed, who would be taking jobs away from the 24 million out of work or underemployed American citizens. Companies like guest workers because they are willing to work for much less money.