Immigration Reform Advocates Arrested

Monday, May 24, 2010

City Council and State Assembly members were among the 37 protesters issued disorderly conduct summonses today as, for the second time in two weeks, advocates for immigration reform blocked traffic on Broadway to publicize their concerns.

“We need to reform our laws so that they're reflective of our needs -- our need to be safe, our need to have families unified, our need to be productive in the workplace and in the economy,” says Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, who supports immigration reform.

According to police, City Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito and State Assembly member Adriano Espaillat were also given summonses.

A similar protest is planned for next week.

Update May 25, 2010: Congresswoman Yvette Clarke was not issued a summons at the rally as was originally reported. WNYC regrets the error.

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