Congressman Crowley, House Colleagues, Immigration Advocates Arrested in an Act of Civil Disobedience Calling for Action on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

October 8, 2013
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), along with Reps. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), John Lewis (D-GA), other House colleagues and 200 immigration reform advocates, was arrested by the U.S. Capitol Police in an act of civil disobedience calling on Congress to address comprehensive immigration reform. Crowley was arrested as the group assembled in front of the U.S. Capitol.

During the march, Crowley stated: “I believe in my heart that this is one of the most critical human rights issues facing us today. Unfortunately, one of the many consequences of this Republican shutdown is the fact that pressing issues like the urgent need to address our nation’s broken immigration system have been forced to the back burner. In standing with my colleagues and dedicated advocates, we are helping to give a voice to those who would otherwise have none.”

Crowley, the son and grandson of Irish immigrants, continued: “My family’s story is not unlike the story of many American families across our nation whose ancestors came to this country with the hope of building a better life and contributing to our society. We must not let anything stand in the way of continuing this tradition and making our country stronger as a result.”

Congressman Crowley is the eight-term representative from the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and serves as Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives.