Lawmakers arrested during immigration rally at closed National Mall

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – One more day of the partial government shutdown.

That means all national parks are still closed, like Yosemite out in California, and the World War Two Memorial in Washington.

Even the National Park Service website is closed until further notice, which makes this rally at the national mall in Washington so curious.

Park rangers didn’t stop thousands of people from showing up Tuesday to support immigration reform stalled in congress.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says they had the White House to thank for that, telling the crowd that the administration gave its permission.

The Park Service, though, said they saw the rally as the right of assembly and free speech guaranteed by the first amendment.

But when capitol police finally told the crowd to move along, Houston Congressman Al Green and seven other ‘lawmakers’ chose to be ‘lawbreakers’ and ended up in cuffs. Pelosi apparently had split by then.

At least 100 other protesters also ended up on the wrong side of the law.

But don’t fret too much for Green and his colleagues. They walked after paying a misdemeanor fine.

A statement on Green’s congressional Web page says a misdemeanor charge is a penalty he’s willing to pay to raise awareness on the issue of immigration reform.

Meantime, a whole lot of people, and beasts of the forest, are paying because Congress and the White House can’t reform their political differences.


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