- Associated Press - Friday, August 22, 2014

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - In a story Aug. 21 about a protester being arrested near the office of Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., The Associated Press reported erroneously that Fernando Garcia was arrested for refusing to leave Pearce’s office. Police say he was arrested after refusing to leave the parking lot.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Immigrant advocate arrested near Pearce’s office

Immigrant advocate leader arrested in protest near Congressman Pearce’s office

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - The head of an immigrant rights advocacy group is facing charges following his arrest during a protest outside of Congressman Steve Pearce’s office.

Las Cruces Police Department spokesman Dan Trujillo says 43-year-old Fernando Garcia was arrested Thursday for misdemeanor resisting or obstructing an officer. Police say Garcia was arrested after a group of protesters blocking traffic to the parking lot of the building housing Pearce’s office refused to move off private property and onto the sidewalk.

Garcia is the executive director of the El Paso-based Border Network for Human Rights. He says the arrest and charges “were inappropriate.”

The protest was part of a two-state walk along to border to draw attention to the use of the National Guard along the U.S.-Mexico border and to call for President Obama to act on immigration reforms.

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