PHOENIX — Democratic State Representative Isela Blanc was arrested in Washington, D.C., Monday after participating in an immigration protest.
The state legislator, who represents Arizona’s 26th legislative district, including the Tempe area, attended Monday’s protest on the National Mall in support of undocumented immigrants affected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy established by President Barack Obama.
Blanc, who previously was undocumented, issued a statement ahead of the protest.
“I’ve been undocumented, I know the fear and anxiety the Dreamers feel,” she said. “I’m also an Elected official, so I know what it means to reach the American Dream, which is all they want. I have a moral obligation to fight for them.”
The liberal immigration group LUCHA — short for “Living United for Change in Arizona” — published a video of Blanc’s arrest on Facebook. The arrest occurred during the protest.
Alejandra Gomez, LUCHA’s co-executive director, is listed on government filings as the official “chairperson” of the committee responsible for the ballot proposal.