LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The head of an immigrant rights advocacy group is facing charges following his arrest during a protest outside of Congressman Steve Pearce’s office.
Las Cruces Police Department spokesman Dan Trujillo says 43-year-old Fernando Garcia was arrested Thursday for misdemeanor resisting or obstructing an officer. Police say Garcia was arrested after a group of protesters pushed their way inside the Republican’s Las Cruces office and Garcia refused to follow officers’ orders to leave.
Garcia is the executive director of the El Paso-based Border Network for Human Rights. He says the arrest and charges “were inappropriate.”
The protest was part of a two-state walk along to border to draw attention to the use of the National Guard along the U.S.-Mexico border and to call for President Obama to act on immigration reforms.