WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two New York congressmen were arrested in Washington Tuesday at a protest on the National Mall.
Reps. Charles Rangel and Joseph Crowley were among eight Democratic lawmakers briefly detained during a rally in support of comprehensive immigration reform.
The elected officials were among the first arrested after refusing police orders to disperse so a street could be cleared.
In all, about 200 were arrested.
They face several charges, including obstructing.
"I told the officer, 'This is my grandkids' money,'" Rangel said. "He said, 'You want in or you want out?' So I gave him the money, I signed the papers, but I didn't say I wasn't coming back to find out under what rule of law can you be arrested and have it taken off of your record for $50. Now, I've read about these things happening, but that's just what happened."
The Senate already passed a comprehensive immigration bill that includes billions of dollars for border security, as well as a 13-year path to citizenship for those already in the U.S. illegally.
However, the Republican-controlled House is thus far refusing to take up the measure.