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Immigration protesters arrested at McMorris Rodgers office

SPOKANE, Wash. - A protest for immigration reform outside of Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers's Spokane office ended in arrests Wednesday.

The 50 to 60 protesters, angry about immigration reform, want the congresswoman to push it through the House of Representatives. The Senate has already passed a bill creating a path to citizenship but the House hasn't acted on it.

In fact, House Speaker John Boehner announced Wednesday the House will not enter into negotiations with the senate on the immigration bill.

A group of about a dozen of the protesters sat in the middle of Post Street outside McMorris Rodgers' office, shutting down traffic and wanting to be arrested. The Spokane Police Department obliged, but not before Pastor Deb Conklin of St. Paul's Methodist Church blasted the congresswoman.

"The system we have is not only broken it's criminal and she needs to change that, and she needs to stop claiming to be a Christian if she's not going to reflect Christian values," Conklin said.

Police diverted traffic while asking the protesters to move from the middle of the road. After about half an hour of requests to move from police and non-compliance by protesters, 12 people were arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail for interference of pedestrian / vehicular traffic.

McMorris Rodgers is in Washington, D.C.