By Michael K. Lavers | May 1, 2014
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey is among the 27 people who were arrested outside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday during a protest in support of a comprehensive immigration reform bill.
She and others blocked an intersection outside the U.S. House of Representatives as part of a “Stop Separating Families Action” the Fair Immigration Reform Movement organized. Carey and her fellow activists specifically urged House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to allow a vote on the measure the U.S. Senate approved last year.
“If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem,” said Carey before her arrest. “In this instance, Speaker Boehner is the problem. His intransigence on fixing our broken immigration system is inflicting cruel and unusual punishment on millions of vulnerable undocumented immigrants and their families.”