House Democrats were arrested for their part in blocking off traffic on Independence Avenue during rush hour on Tuesday. Eight House Democrats were among 200 arrested who refused to move to let the traffic by during the protest, according to UPI on Oct. 9.
The protest, which was a demonstration pushing for immigration reform, took place in front of the U.S. Capitol.
The eight House Democrats arrested were:
Keith Ellison D-Minn.
John Lewis, D-Ga.,
Raul Grijalva , D-Ariz.
Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y.
Al Green, D-Texas
Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.
Jan Schawkowsky, D-Ill.
Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y.
They were along among 200 people, who will be charged with "crowding, obstructing, and incommoding" under D.C. Code 22-1307.
A group called Camino Americano organized the protest. Their goal is to pressure Congress to work towards opening an avenue for immigrants without legal status to obtain citizenship. The demonstration took place on the National Mall, which is technically closed due to the furlough. The National Parks Service did allow the use of the National Mall under the First Amendment.
On Tuesday afternoon, the White House released a statement in support of the protestors and their cause. It seems as if the D.C. area is a target for folks who want to clog up traffic lately, as the trucker protest is due to roll out on Friday. 3,000 big rigs are slated to form a rolling roadblock on I-495 circling the nation's capitol.