A group of protesters interrupted the first immigration hearing of the 113th Congress with chants of “undocumented and unafraid” on Tuesday.
The protesters — some carrying homemade signs and wearing homemade t-shirts – started shouting when California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa was recognized to speak.
They continued shouting and pointing as Virginia Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House judiciary committee, attempted to call the hearing back to order.
“The committee will have order,” Goodlatte said. “This is not the way — this is not the way to make your point. All of those must leave.” (RELATED — Grover Norquist: Immigration is good for the GOP)
The protesters — still chanting “undocumented and unafraid, undocumented and unafraid, undocumented and unafraid” — were escorted out of the hearing room.
Goodlatte explained that there must “be order in the hearing room,” and that people who cannot comport themselves in an acceptable manner can and will be removed from the hearing.
The left-wing ThinkProgress reported that the protesters were targeting Issa for his vote against the 2010 Dream Act, which passed the House but failed in the Senate in 2010.