WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 20 people — including seven youths — have been arrested outside the U.S. Capitol as they blocked an intersection to call for an end to deportations.
Chanting protesters wore red shirts with the slogan "Stop Separating Families." They locked arms and sat down in the street in the rain before Capitol Police rounded them up and loaded them in vans.
The youngest was 11, according to the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, which helped organize the event.
Activists are keeping up a drumbeat of protests around the Capitol, on the National Mall and outside the White House to pressure President Barack Obama to take action to curb record-high deportations by his administration. Those efforts come at a time comprehensive immigration reform is stalled in the GOP-led House.