Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota) was one of eight Democratic representatives arrested Tuesday during a National Mall rally that called on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform by the end of the year.
Camino Americano: March for Immigrant Dignity and Respect brought hundreds of people to the Mall for Tuesday's rally. Lawmakers involved in the march had planned to get arrested for their civil disobedience.
The following lawmakers were arrested at the march:
Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.)
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.)
Rep. Al Green (D-Texas)
Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.)
Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.)
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.)
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.)
Ellison's office told FOX 9 News the congressman was arrested by Capitol police without incident, and he was taken to a holding area to be processed. He was expected to pay a $50 fine for the misdemeanor and be released. No court hearing or additional legal action will follow.
The protest sought to bring attention to an immigration reform bill that has stalled in the House as lawmakers remain divided on a budget that has forced a government shutdown.
"I think if the speaker would put an immigration bill on the floor, we could pass it, but he won't do it," Ellison told WTTG FOX 5.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said immigration is good for the economy and innovation, and "the blood of immigrants flows through all our veins...making America more American."