12 Immigrant Rights Advocates Arrested In Spokane
Spokane police arrested twelve immigrant’s rights advocates Wednesday outside of Representative Cathy McMorris Rodger’s office. Their acts of civil disobedience were aimed at third ranking GOP member McMorris Rodgers and House Speaker John Boehner.
Activists locked arms and sat down across a downtown street, for about 30 minutes before police started making arrests. Protester Angelas Solis was released from jail by 4:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, and says she participated because although she is a US citizen, some of her relatives are not.
Solis: “If kids at age 8 are already asking the question, when are they going to see their Dad next, they already know that immigration reform needs to happen. So I guess the main message to Boehner is he needs to stop waiting around to take leadership on this issue.”
The statewide One America organized about 100 people to attend the rally. They want Speaker Boehner to bring up a vote in Congress this year on giving immigrants a path to citizenship. A similar peaceful protest in Bellevue last week brought out about 150 people.
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