PHOENIX - Seven people were arrested after a protest took place outside of Senator John McCain's office on Monday. The immigrant rights activists were demanding McCain vote for a "Clean Dream Act," which would make it possible for undocumented immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children to get permanent legal status.
The group was protesting in the building's lobby, blocking doors to McCain's office, despite repeated warnings from security guards.
Jason Bell, Emily Kirkland, John Martin, Daniel O'Neal, Patrick Morales, Redeem Robinson and Camaron Stevenson were arrested were booked into the 4th Avenue Jail on a criminal trespassing charge. On Monday night, other activists were waiting outside of the jail for their release.
"As voters, as constituents who are part of John McCain's state and district, they stand with dreamers and they want to make sure that he knows that," said Belen Sisa.
Monday's protest was part of a larger effort across the country by immigrant rights activists. The DACA program expires in three months. Activists fear some 800,000 dreamers could lose their protected status if Congress does not take action.
Friends & supporters of the 7 protesters who were arrested at Senator McCain's office today wait for their release from the 4th Ave jail. They want McCain & Flake to support a clean Dream Act attached to any spending bill. #Fox10Phoenix pic.twitter.com/m49yL9GOc9— Robert Hernandez (@rhernandezfox10) December 5, 2017