145 arrested at White House for immigration reform protest
145 people were arrested on Thursday outside of the White House, where protesters called on President Obama to take action to stop deportations and to provide relief for immigrant families.
The organizations Casa de Maryland and Casa de Virginia organized nearly 2,000 activists to march from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement to the White House in a peaceful protest. Protestors were arrested and charged with civil disobedience when they blocked the sidewalk and refused to move after being ordered to do so by U.S. Park police.
The demonstration, called “Fight for Families,” denounced the deportation of undocumented immigrations, specifically those separated from their American born children. Protestors wrapped themselves in American flags and wore t-shirts that said “Keep Families Together.” The demonstration spread to Twitter where many activists spread the hashtag “#FightforFamilies.”
It is unknown whether any of the activists protesting were undocumented immigrants and the U.S. Park Police will not check the immigration status of any of the 145 people arrested.
Maryland state delegate Anna Sol Gutierrez, was among those arrested. According to leaders of Casa de Maryland and Casa de Virginia, protesters were advised of their risks of getting involved in the protest if they were undocumented.
President Obama said on Thursday that he still intends to take action for immigration reform, without Congressional approval.
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