This past Saturday, approximately sixty Georgetown students joined the thousands who gathered in D.C. to protest recent Arizona immigration laws and to demand comprehensive immigration reform from Congress.
While the rally itself was expected, what happened next was not—twelve current and former Georgetown students were arrested at the event.
David Schwartz (SFS ’12), one of the arrested students, said that the act and the arrests had been “set up beforehand,” claiming that the students expected to be arrested for their actions.
Schwartz also suggested that Park Service Officers had expected to arrest protesters during the rally.
The students, who were arrested for sitting down on the sidewalk outside of the White House, were promptly taken to the Anacostia Police Station for processing. (Protests outside the White House must be constantly moving.) The students were released the same day.
“Civil disobedience is an important and a worthwhile tool to me and I don’t think it should be written off simply because it is ‘disobedience,’” Schwartz said. “In this issue, it was completely warranted in order to get the attention of the media and of President Obama himself.”