For the first time since his arrest, Congressmen Raul Grijalva speaks about what it was like behind bars and why he took on immigration while Washington was divided over the budget.
Grijalva says he has no regrets about the day he was cuffed and hauled into jail by capitol police.
Officers arrested him along with 200 others earlier this month during an immigration protest in Washington, DC.
They were taken in for blocking the street, and accused of civil disobedience.
Grijalva says they broke the law because they wanted to make sure Congress doesn't forget about the need for immigration reform.
"Sometimes issues aren't looked at unless you bring attention to it. If it took that civil disobedience and that six hours of detention to raise the level again, then I'm very happy that I did it," says Grijalva.
The Democratic congressman hopes the house can come up with a bi-partisan plan similar to the immigration reform bill in the Senate.
Grijalva also points out that he didn't miss any votes on the budget while he was at the protest, or while he was detained.
ABC15 also asked Grijalva about his thoughts on a southern Arizona housing unit that some in Congress call a "13 million dollar mistake."
A handful of homes are being built in Ajo to house Border Patrol agents at a cost of at least $340,000 each.
Grijalva is trying to find out why so much money was spent on these homes.
The homes are a mix of two and three bedroom homes. DHS claims the homes were built because the housing in Ajo was below standards.
Grijalva says he's just not satisfied with the agency's response.
He's just sent another letter to DHS, trying to get more specific answers into how the agency could justify spending $340,000 a unit on single family homes.
"We got some answers, but they weren't really good answers. The fundamental issue is that you had a chance to integrate the workforce into the City of Ajo that has vacant housing and that can be renovated, for a much lower cost."
Grijalva believes DHS uses national security as an excuse to justify some of its spending.
And he wants to see more checks and balances to guarantee money isn't wasted.
He's given DHS 10 days to respond to his second inquiries.
And he's requested the second phase of the project be delayed until his questions are answered.
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