Thousands of protesters gathered outside the US Congress to demand legislation protecting young, undocumented immigrants whose work permits are being revoked by the administration of President Donald Trump.
Nearly 200 protesters, including two members of Congress, were arrested Wednesday on the steps of the US Capitol after refusing to disperse.
Among those arrested were two lawmakers in the US House of Representatives — Luis Gutierrez and Judy Chu.
Coordinated by national and international immigrant rights groups, the protest was the latest effort to pressure US lawmakers to find a way to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
DACA was a US immigration policy established by the administration of former President Barack Obama that allowed individuals who illegally entered the country as children, who are known as “dreamers,” to receive a renewable two-year work permit and avoid deportation.
The policy was revoked by…