WATCH: Eliseo Medina Arrested Outside of Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart’s Office

Mar 22, 2014
11:43 AM

This happened yesterday: Eliseo Medina, a prominent immigrant rights activist involved with Fast4Families and former SEIU International Secretary, arrested in the Miami offices of Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart:

This is a local Miami report about what happened:

Diaz-Balart’s Twitter profile responded to the news with two tweets:


The tweets were met with some skepticism, given that Diaz Balart voted for a bill that would reject deferred action for DREAMers (DACA):



Late last night, Medina’s Twitter profile shared the following about his release:



Medina’s Twitter also added this:


Medina also shared the following statement:

“Yesterday, I went with the community to visit Congressman Diaz-Balart and exercise our constitutional right to address an injustice, but the doors were closed and the police were called. I was arrested as constituents were chased off the property.

“I am disappointed that a Latino member of Congress and avowed supporter of commonsense immigration reform allowed this to happen. We encourage Congressman Diaz-Balart to do everything in his power to call on Speaker Boehner to schedule a vote on immigration reform that will end the suffering in immigrant communities.

“This broken immigration system is causing untold pain and suffering in our community and in our country. While disappointed, I am undeterred in my conviction that we need to fix this broken immigration system. We will continue to fast, act and pray until the House Republican conference has a discussion and vote on immigration reform. Immigrants, Latinos and the American people deserve no less.”