Prominent Democrats were arrested outside the White House Tuesday as part of rallies to defend the Obama-era deportation amnesty for Dreamers.
Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, Illinois Democrat, and Ben Jealous, a Democrat running to be Maryland governor, were among 25 protesters arrested in front of the White House, as part of a rally organizers said drew 2,000 people.
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They were demanding President Trump back the 2012 temporary deportation amnesty, known in Washington as DACA, that’s currently protecting nearly 800,000 young adult illegal immigrants from being targets for deportation.
“Millions of immigrants leave for work or school each day unsure whether they will be arrested and detained,” Mr. Gutierrez said. “I gave up a few hours of my freedom to stand up for them.”
He said to expect “an escalation
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