Rep. Raúl Grijalva was among at least four public officials arrested outside Trump Tower in New York City Tuesday afternoon.
Grijalva’s office said they were protesting against what they called President Trump’s “criminalization” of the immigrant community. The Arizona Democrat is co-chairman of the liberal arm of the Democratic party in Congress.
Grijalva's Facebook account posted pictures showing Grijalva sitting on the street outside Trump Tower, along with dozens of other protesters. Pictures showed Grijalva being handcuffed and led onto a police bus.
Grijalva’s office says the congressman is expected to be released in two to three hours and he will hold a telephone conference call with the media later this afternoon.
Also arrested were members of Congress from New York and Illinois, and the speaker of the New York City Council.
The president recently ordered the phase-out of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allowed about 800,000 people brought to the U.S. as children to stay without being deported.