“We’re going to keep going until we get it.”

Facing a line of Capitol Police, more than 200 immigration activists wearing bright green armbands climbed the steps of the US Capitol on Wednesday afternoon. They raised their fists in solidarity with young undocumented immigrants known as DREAMers and began chanting in unison.

“What do we want?”

“DREAM ACT.”

“When do we want it?”

“NOW.”

“If we don’t get it?”

“SHUTDOWN.”

These protesters will be arrested by Capitol Police momentarily. pic.twitter.com/mAviS3Gttz

— Ella Nilsen (@ella_nilsen) December 6, 2017

As police arrested the protesters one by one (including two members of Congress), thousands more across the street chanted the same slogan. Organizers estimated that 10,000 people showed up for Wednesday’s rally on Capitol Hill, one of the largest immigration rallies in Washington this year. Their demands to Congress were clear: pass the DREAM Act before the end of the year, give DREAMers a pathway to citizenship, and don’t approve money for a border wall.

And unlike Democratic lawmakers, the activists weren’t shying away from the subject of a government shutdown.

With just a few days to go to pass a federal spending bill, the majority of the government shutdown drama has so far been relegated to House Republicans. But a similar fight is brewing among Senate Democrats, six of whom have said they’ll vote no on an end-of-year spending bill unless it includes the DREAM Act, a permanent path to citizenship for the nearly 800,000 young unauthorized immigrants known as DREAMers.

“DREAMers are important to us,” said Xiomara Santos, a policy and legislation associate with the League of United Latin Americans. “They’re unofficially US citizens already. They have the right to be here.”

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