Women force arrest at Capitol over immigration
WASHINGTON — More than 100 women, including about two dozen undocumented immigrants, were arrested Thursday outside the U.S. Capitol after blocking an intersection in a move to reignite an immigration debate sidelined by the crisis in Syria.
Daniela Saczek, 22, of Miami, Fla., wrapped arms with a colleague from the Miami Workers Center. She squeezed her hand and chanted, “Yes we can” in Spanish. And they waited for police who, one by one, handcuffed and arrested each of the women.
“I’m extremely nervous,” Saczek said before walking into the street. “It’s the first time I’m going to be arrested, but we have to rise to the occasion. That’s what women tend to do.”
Saczek, who is originally from Venezuela and is a recent graduate of Florida International University, and the other women called on the House of Representatives, particularly the Republican House leadership, to bring a vote on a comprehensive immigration overhaul for the 11 million estimated to be in the country illegally.
Organizers said Thursday’s act of civil disobedience involved the largest number of undocumented immigrant women ever willing to submit to arrest.
The women, all dressed in red T-shirts that read “Women for Fair Immigration Reform,” traveled from 20 states to call for changes to the system. They sought to raise awareness to an immigration system that, they said, disproportionately impacts women. More than half of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants are believed to be women and children.
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