NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Three members of Congress and the speaker of the New York City Council have been arrested at a protest outside Trump Tower.

U.S. Reps Raul Grijalva, of Arizona, Luis Gutierrez, of Illinois, and Adriano Espaillat, of New York, were among a small group of demonstrators who sat down in the street on Fifth Avenue Tuesday afternoon and refused to move.

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito was also handcuffed and led away.

“It was worth it. I mean, I’ve done civil disobedience across many years. I have been an activist and an elected official, and you understand that that’s part of it,” Mark-Viverito said.

The protesters were demanding that Congress pass legislation protecting thousands of young immigrants from deportation.

Protest organizers had said prior to the event that the lawmakers planned to get arrested.

President Donald Trump delivered an address at the United Nations earlier Tuesday.

He is scheduled to stay at Trump Tower this evening, but wasn’t present for the protest.

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Comments (2)
  1. Since when do elected officials have a right to protest?

  2. Mary Nybon says:

    What is this like Melissa Mark-Viverito’s 4th or 5th arrest with the NYPD?

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