Thousands Rally for Immigration Reform, 8 Members of Congress Arrested

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Waving flags and chanting, "Si se puede," thousands gathered at Washington D.C.'s National Mall on Tuesday to rally for immigration reform.

According to Fox News Latino, demonstrators came together to demand that Congress finally take action to overhaul the United States' immigration system, and offer a pathway to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants living in the country.

“Our communities and our families do not have the luxury to rest or relax,” said Rep. Luis Gutierrez during a speech. “One thousand one hundred people will be deported today, 1,100 people will be deported tomorrow, and the next day.”

The Illinois rep was one of eight congress members, along with hundreds of other demonstrators, who were later arrested for civil disobedience and charged with “crowding, obstructing, and incommoding" near the Capitol.

"Immigration doesn't feel like it's going to be on the [legislative] agenda in the short term," D.C. resident Jasmine Garcia told NPR. "But at least we are speaking up by being present and demonstrating."

In June, the Senate passed the "Gang of Eight" immigration reform bill, but they are still waiting on the House to vote on it.

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