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November 7, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Bellevue police make arrests as immigration protesters fill state GOP offices

A woman is led out of the Washington State GOP headquarters building as immigration reform protest arrests begin in Bellevue. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Hilary Stern, executive director of  Casa Latina, is led out of the Washington state GOP headquarters building as immigration reform protest arrests begin in Bellevue. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Peggy Lynch, center, wife of outgoing Seattle mayor Mike McGinn, is handcuffed and waits to be loaded into Bellevue Police van after her arrest with other protesters. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Peggy Lynch, center, wife of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, is handcuffed and waits to be loaded into a Bellevue police van after her arrest with other protesters. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Nearly 40 women were arrested after they stormed the Bellevue headquarters of the state GOP and refused to leave, as they called on the state’s Republican delegation in Congress to support changes to immigration law.

Among them were Peggy Lynch, wife of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Kim Mead, president of the Washington Education Association.

The women were among nearly 200 people who participated in a rally and protest that began at the Bellevue Downtown Park and ended up both inside and outside the office building the houses the party headquarters.

Similar acts of disobedience took place in several other cities across the country as immigrant advocates try to get Republicans to act on a Democrat-sponsored immigration bill in the House.

About 50 police officers from Bellevue and other agencies responded to the protest and arrested the women after they refused repeated requests by the building owner to leave. They were arrested on first degree-criminal trespassing.

The protests occur as President Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain are now set to discuss immigration and other issues at the White House.

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