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Police arrest 8 House members at immigration rally

Wednesday - 10/9/2013, 10:16am  ET

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A demonstrator is arrested by U.S. Capitol Police officers on Capitol Hill during a immigration rally in Washington, on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, as they press Congress to deal with immigration legislation. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- At least eight Democratic members of the House are among about 200 people arrested after blocking a main street near the Capitol during a massive rally seeking to push Republicans to hold a vote on a stalled immigration reform bill.

Representatives of other groups whose members attended the Tuesday rally, such as United Farm Workers and Farmworker Justice, confirm that several of their members have been arrested.

Capitol Police estimate that 200 have been taken into custody.

Representatives of the social policy organization Center for Community Change and The Associated Press witnessed the arrests of House members John Lewis of Georgia; Luis Gutiérrez and Jan Schakowsky of Illinois; Raúl Grijalva of Arizona; Keith Ellison of Minnesota; John Crowley and Charles Rangel of New York; and Al Green of Texas.


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