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Sen. John Boehner threatens to arrest children during immigration protest

immigrationMore than 40 Hispanic children, ages 6 to 15, were threatened with arrest when they protested Congress’ immigration reform in front of the office of Sen. John Boehner, R-Ohio.

The youth and adults were with the immigration advocacy group Fair Immigration Reform Movement. They have been trying to gain an audience with Congressional members in Washington, D.C. this week without success. Predictably, none of the House members have been willing to meet with them, according to Think Progress.

It makes sense in a way. Why would House members want to meet with the very people they want to kick out of the country?

On Thursday, the group swarmed the congressional offices of House Speaker Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., where they were threatened with arrest by Capitol police officers for singing.

When activists spilled into Cantor’s office unannounced, the aides solicited Capitol police officers to remove more than a dozen youths who sang as a way to bring about immigration reform.

As the children sang, “We want reform, we want it now,” an officer showed up to tell them to stop singing or to risk arrest if they did not leave the office.