Politics

Democratic Lawmaker Collapses at Immigration Rally

Rep. Joe Crowley fell to ground at protest in front of U.S. Customs and Border Protection

From left, Reps. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., actor John Cusack, Luis Gutierrez, R-Ill., John Lewis, D-Ga., Al Green, D-Texas, Judy Chu, D-Calif., Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., and others sit on the 14th Street NW, entrance to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in protest of the Trump Administration’s policy of separating parents and children at the border on June 13th.  (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

New York Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley collapsed Wednesday at a rally in Washington to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policy allowing parents and children of illegal immigrants to be separated at the border.

“Until they arrest us, we will stay here, however long it takes,” protesters chanted just as Crowley fell to the street in front of U.S. Customs & Border protection, according to a tweet from a CNN reporter who was at the scene.

Crowley collapsed due to heat exhaustion but is in fine condition now, according to his office.

“Wish I could say the same for the children and parents at the border,” Crowley tweeted. Representatives such as Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill, John Lewis, D-Ga., Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., and Al Green, D-Texas, all joined Crowley in the protest. Actor John Cusack was also present.

In early May, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that first-time illegal entrants to the country would not be left off with a warning, that they would be prosecuted to the fullest extent and children may be placed in foster care through the Federal government for the duration of the prosecution.

“I cannot think of an act that is more cruel and more inhumane than to rip the child from the arms of a mother,” said Guttierrez.

Green tweeted that the Trump Administration’s new policy is “barbaric” and said undocumented immigrant families are “simply seeking refuge.”

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