Three Democratic members of Congress were arrested outside of Trump Tower in New York City on Tuesday during a protest focused on President Donald Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Reps. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, Raul Grijalva of Arizona and Adriano Espaillat of New York were all charged with civil disobedience, along with the speaker of New York's City Council, Melissa Mark-Viverito.
The Democratic leaders were among the protesters calling for Trump to work with Congress to pass legislation that would shield undocumented immigrants, who were brought to the U.S. as children, from deportation.
Three members of Congress were arrested during a protest outside Trump Tower
“We’re taking the necessary steps to make it clear to President Trump, the Republicans and the Democrats that we will continue this peaceful fight for DREAMers and immigrants as long as it takes to enact legislation and put DREAMers in a safe place,” Gutierrez said in a statement to The Hill.
Last week Trump met with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and discussed ways to protect certain young immigrants while also improving border security.