Two Democratic challengers—including outspoken progressive Randy "Ironstache" Bryce—who hope to oust Speaker of the House Paul Ryan in his home Wisconsin district this November were among the nearly dozen immigrant rights advocates arrested outside Ryan's offices in Racine on Monday.
Bryce and Myers joined about 200 community members, including many high school students, to demand that Ryan allow representatives to vote on a clean Dream Act, which would allow young undocumented immigrants to attend school and work as part of a pathway to citizenship.
When a local reporter asked Bryce if his support for immigrants was worth being detained, he replied, "Absolutely."
House @SpeakerRyan refuses to recognize or respect calls lfor a #CleanDreamActNow. He has abandoned the basic premises of this nation of immigrants.— John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) March 6, 2018
Ryan’s challenger @IronStache stands with the #Dreamers. And this week, Randy Bryce was arrested for sitting in on their behalf. pic.twitter.com/1NVryvQnJV
Today, @IronStache was arrested protesting outside of @SpeakerRyan's office demanding Congress pass a clean DREAM Act now.— Randy Bryce (@IronStache) March 5, 2018
Sign our petition. Stand with @IronStache and 690,000 DACA recipients. We need a clean DREAM Act now.https://t.co/Wc6lSIWOT4
"We cannot be silent on DACA," said State Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa, who was also arrested. "We will march. We will call. We will email & tweet. We will sit in nonviolent protest. And we will vote. You’re either on the side of humanity or against it."
Monday marked the day President Donald Trump had decided DACA—the Obama-era executive order which offered protection to young immigrants in the absence of the Dream Act—would officially end, before a Supreme Court ruling last month delayed the deadline.
Bryce will challenge Ryan in the November midterm election, should he win Wisconsin's Democratic primary in August. The union ironworker raised $1.2 million in the fourth quarters of 2017, with donations flooding in from across the country and averaging $24-25 each.
On social media, Ironstache supporters praised Bryce for his activism on the front lines of the fight to protect young immigrants.
As a daughter of immigrants and WOC, I've been asked why I work with certain people--this is why...because a candidate, an office holder, an advocate, an activist that's willing to walk the talk is more important to me than anything else--thank you @IronStache #DreamActNow pic.twitter.com/xsU7Rz6DMK— Rania Batrice (@RaniaBatrice) March 5, 2018
A picture is worth a thousand words and here are a few of mine.— David Yankovich (@DavidYankovich) March 5, 2018
Today, @IronStache was arrested standing up for people against Speaker Ryan.
In 8 months he will take Paul Ryan’s job. He is every bit the badass you think he is. pic.twitter.com/qdqREd91wN