Several House Democrats arrested recently at an immigration rally has led to a definite debate in the U.S. this week, particularly over upcoming talks of immigration reform. It is the Inquisitr who reports this Tuesday, Oct. 8, that the arrests only spurred the White House to put more pressure on Republicans trying to prevent such reformative action.
According to the report, 8 House Democrats were led away and arrested this afternoon during a Washington march near the National Mall as part of the fight to get Congress to make more national changes in regards to immigration.
Reform has been controversially halted in Congress following a recent reform bill that was drafted by the Gang of Eight was tentatively passed this June 2013 in the Senate. Under the bill, a new conduit toward citizenship for many illegal immigrants would become a possibility, simultaneously increasing border security around the U.S. Amid other changes, the number of potential visas for workers of skilled labor would also increase.
The 8 House Democrats arrested aside, the immigration reform bill has found support in the national Senate. However, the currently Republican-controlled House of Representatives is not backing the effort. Some conservatives are calling the bill little more than “easy amnesty” for many illegal immigrants, causing its passage to be a highly unlikely one.
Nearly 200 protesters were led away and arrested on charges of civil disobedience this Tuesday at the Washington rally. Those 8 arrested include Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Rep. Al Green (D-Texas), Rep. Raul Grivjalva (D-Ariz.), Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.).
The White House nonetheless was in support of the Democrats’ efforts to support the immigration reform.
“The enthusiastic demonstration of support for immigration reform this week has proven to Congress that the broad coalition behind commonsense solutions to our nation’s broken immigration laws is as strong as it has ever been,” said the White House in a recent statement.