Representatives Al Gray (D-TX), Joseph Crowley (D-NY), John Lewis (D-GA), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN), were arrested for civil disobedience to encourage support of immigration reform, October 8, 2013 in Washington D.C.
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WASHINGTON - Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva was arrested Tuesday in Washington, D.C. during an immigration rally, his spokesman confirmed.
Grijalva, a Democrat who represents Arizona's 3rd District, was arrested during a "planned civil disobedience" demonstration with a group of his colleagues in Washington, said Grijalva's spokesman Adam Sarvana.
Several other members of Congress were arrested including Representatives Al Gray (D-TX), Joseph Crowley (D-NY), John Lewis (D-GA), and Keith Ellison (D-MN).
The congressmen said that the "civil disobedience" event was part of an immigration rally along the National Mall, according to ABC News . Attendees of the rally first met at the "Camino American Rally and March for Immigrant Dignity" and then marched down the National Mall.
Sarvana said Grijalva was being booked around 1:45 p.m. Arizona time and was expected to be released by Tuesday evening, according to his spokesman.
The congressmen said that the point of the rally was to send a message to republicans that while the government shutdown is going on, discussions related to immigration reform remain stalled, according to ABC News.
U.S. Capitol Police told ABC News that those arrested will be charged with "crowding, obstructing and incommoding."
Grijalva serves on the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Committee on Education and The Workforce, according to his Congressional profile.
Read more about the protest by ABC News .
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