Immigrant advocate arrested near Pearce's office

Updated: 08/21/2014 4:17 PM | Created: 08/21/2014 4:16 PM
By: The Associated Press

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.

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