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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

POLITICO: "Democratic lawmakers arrested for protesting outside Trump Tower"

Three Democratic lawmakers were arrested Tuesday outside Trump Tower in Manhattan-


Three Democratic lawmakers were arrested Tuesday outside Trump Tower in Manhattan, where they were protesting President Donald Trump’s decision to halt a program that extends work permits to undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

A spokesman for Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) confirmed that the Chicago lawmaker had been arrested amid an act of “civil disobedience,” and that he was joined in that act by Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) and Melissa Mark Viverito, the speaker of New York’s city council.

A spokeswoman for Espaillat, the first member of Congress to have previously been an undocumented immigrant, confirmed that the New York lawmaker had been among those arrested as well. Photos circulating online appeared to show Grijalva being arrested as well, although a spokeswoman for the Tucson, Arizona, lawmaker did not immediately return an email seeking confirmation that he had been.

“We’re taking the necessary steps to make it clear to President Trump, the Republicans and the Democrats that we will continue this peaceful fight for DREAMers and immigrants as long as it takes to enact legislation and put DREAMers in a safe place,” Gutierrez said in a statement issued via his spokesman. “A few Congressmen and elected-officials gathering in front of Trump Tower doesn’t mean much if it is not backed up by the grassroots and allies and today we are standing with diverse allies to make sure Congress and the president do more than just talk about solutions, they actually follow through with action.”

“Espaillat stood up for immigrant youth to say loud and clear – unequivocally, that he dedicates his work in Congress to protecting immigrants, immigrant families, and their future in America,” Espaillat’s spokeswoman, Candace Randle Person, said in a statement. “Since day one, the Trump Administration has threatened Latinos, Muslims, LGBT, women and the list continues. His decision to end the DACA program earlier this month increased the urgency of what’s at stake and the lives at risk when we fail to speak out against racism in America.”


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