WASHINGTON, D.C. — Reps John Lewis (D-GA) and Charles Rangel (D-NY) were arrested at 4:15 p.m. today in front of the U.S. Capitol building during the Camino Americano Rally for Immigrant Dignity and Respect. The rally occurred today and featured speakers like Julian Bond, Lila Downs and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Reps Lewis and Rangel were arrested along with Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Joe Crowley (D-NY), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Al Green (D-TX) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL).
Authorities arrested the lawmakers for creating a disruption around the streets of the Capitol during the rally. 200 people were arrested along with the legislators for causing disorder.
“I thank you for subscribing to the idea: Don’t agonize, organize,” Rep. Pelosi said, “Let us act without further delay, let’s get a vote on the Floor…because the time for immigration reform is now.”
This is Rep. Lewis’ 45th arrest.
WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 8: Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-IL) is arrested by U.S. Capitol Police after blocking First Street NW in front of the U.S. Capitol with fellow supporters of immigration reform, in Washington, on October 8, 2013 in Washington, DC. Last week, House Democrats introduced their own immigration reform bill. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)