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Immigration Protests Focus on 22 Republicans Across Country
Posted at 5:38 p.m. on June 4
Twitter, Facebook and other social media were abuzz Wednesday with photos and calls to action from immigration reform activists who protested across the country at district offices of at least a dozen House Republicans.
Arturo Rodriguez, president of United Farm Workers, one of the groups backing the protests, said activists planned to engage in civil disobedience Wednesday through Friday at the offices of 22 House Republicans.
“The plan is to send a powerful message to the Republican leadership that the time for a vote on immigration reform is now.”
Judging by photos posted on Facebook, one of the biggest rallies appeared to be at the California office of GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy, with crowds of sign-carrying activists packing the office and spilling over into the parking lot.
In Nevada, the Las Vegas Sun reported five protesters arrested outside Rep. Joe Heck’s Henderson office,
In Pennsylvania, lehighvalleylive.com. reported that protesters sat down with Rep. Charlie Dent’s district director, Vincent O’Domski, to talk about comprehensive immigration reform.
And in Raleigh, N.C., Sergio Sanchez, president of the pro-immigration group Fuerza y Libertad, said his 64-year-old mother was camped out in Rep. George Holding’s office and didn’t plan to leave until she was arrested.
“My mother’s pretty set on what she’s going to do today. The message is: We cannot wait,” he told reporters on a phone conference.
Activists also posted photos of protests at Rep. Doc Hastings’ office in Washington, Rep. Matt Salmon’s office in Arizona and Rep. Michael G. Grimm’s office in New York City.