WASHINGTON, D.C. - Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison was arrested on Tuesday near the U.S. Capitol during a rally in support of comprehensive immigration reform.
Protesters gathered on the National Mall and marched toward the Capitol steps demanding the House pass an immigration law overhaul already approved by the Senate.
Officials in Ellison's office said that he was taken into custody after protesters sat down in the street and blocked traffic outside of the Capitol.
His office expected him to pay a $50 fine and be released on Tuesday evening.
The rally was in support of a bill they want passed by the end of the year that would address a path to citizenship and border control.
The issue -- which the house was expected to take up this month -- has been eclipsed by the recent government shutdown and debt ceiling debate.
Capitol Police estimate that 200 have been taken into custody.
In addition to Ellison, Representatives of the social policy organization Center for Community Change and The Associated Press witnessed the arrests of House members John Lewis of Georgia; Luis Gutiérrez and Jan Schakowsky of Illinois; Raúl Grijalva of Arizona; Joseph Crowley and Charles Rangel of New York; and Al Green of Texas.
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