The protesters also threatened to defeat representatives seeking reelection if they did not vote for legalizing millions of illegal aliens and putting them on a path to U.S. citizenship.
Frank Sharry, founder and executive director of America’s Voice, was one of the many arrested.
“I am proud to join my friends in this simple act of conscience,” he said. “Immigration reform with a path to citizenship is a defining issue for our generation.
"It is time for the House leadership to stop dithering, delaying and denying a vote. It is time to let the bipartisan majority that exists in the House of Representatives today have a vote in favor of reform that includes a path to citizenship.
"It is time for Congress to do the people’s will and ensure that America lives true to its creed of ‘out of many, one,” Sharry said in a statement.
Some members of the protest were arrested as they continued to block the street after police told them to move, celebrating as they were being taken into custody.