WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork) — U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) was one of eight federal lawmakers arrested during an immigration protest in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.
Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) was also arrested, according to published reports.
Rangel said in a news release that he was arrested around 4:15 p.m. by U.S. Park Police for participating in a rally on the National Mall in front of the U.S. Capitol, so as to urge Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration bill.
Rangel was taken into custody by the Capitol Police. His office said was unclear when he would be released.
In all, about 200 people were arrested in the rally.
In addition to Rangel and Crowley, Reps. Al Green (D-Texas), Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), John Lewis (D-Ga.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) were also arrested, according to a published report.
CBS Chicago reported a representative from Schakowsky’s office released a statement saying, “Rep. Schakowsky stood in solidarity with her colleagues and immigrant rights advocates to demand a House vote on comprehensive immigration reform. She participated in civil disobedience to urge Republican leadership to bring this critical bill for a vote.”
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