104 women, of whom more than 20 were here without documentation, were arrested today after they shut down a road in the Capitol to protest.
It is the second act of civil disobedience this year to shut down a road in Washington D.C.
The arrests will also test Obama’s new policy of not deporting illegal immigrants who don’t have serious criminal records. The protesters are still being processed at this moment. The activists met in the street to bring attention back to immigration reform, which has been ignored recently as issues with Syria have taken Congress’ attention.
“Today’s action is about women and how they bear a tremendous burden trying to keep their families together when faced with deportation,” said Patty Kupfer, a member of activist group America’s voice.
While they protested in the streets, some members of Congress echoed their cries in the House.
Said Illeana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican senator who is also an advocate for immigration reform: “Our nation can only be strengthened and reinvigorated by these hard-working individuals who have come to our country asking only to be allowed to succeed by their own efforts, a prospect that immigration reform will bring to them.”
So far, the only thing the House has done is approve bills boosting border security, updating guest-worker programs, and enforcing a new verification system so that employers may check the legal status of workers. They have done nothing to address the needs of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. currently.
More on Immigration Reform:
- Immigration Reform 2013
- Gang of 8
- Earned Citizenship
- Streamlining Immigration
- Strengthening Border Security
- More Accountability for Employers Hiring Undocumented Immigrants