May 1st, 2010
04:29 PM ET
4 years ago

Congressman arrested at Washington immigration rally

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, shown here at a recent immigration reform rally, was arrested outside the White House Saturday.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez, shown here at a recent immigration reform rally, was arrested outside the White House Saturday.

(CNN) - Police arrested Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez at an immigration rally outside the White House on Saturday.

Gutierrez, a Democrat, was among a group of protesters arrested by police in front of the White House.

The protesters wore T-shirts that read, "ARREST ME NOT MY FAMILY" and "ARREST ME NOT MY FRIENDS."


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soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. derek

    well dude did ask for it...lol

    May 1, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  2. Gary Harbor Oregon

    the Arizona new phony law is about racist crap . thew state government can stop imagration problems by requiring every employer prove that they only hire legal citizens with correct documentation to actually be hired . hence the problem goes away . if you can't get a job with out proper paper work then you must leave the area and go back to the country you came from and apply for a legal work permite .. sounds pretty easy to me . so if any employer gets caught hiring a illegal person . not only are they fined but they can do some jail time for the crime .. now that will stop alot of problems .. hits the pocket book of the employer and it takes them right to jail do not pass go . :)

    May 1, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  3. Ancient Texan

    This radical nut that is against the security of the borders of the United States, but all for the lawbreakers who ILLEGALLY enter needs to be stripped of his title of Representative. He's hurting his state and the nation.

    May 1, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  4. DawnL/CA

    HaHaHaHa – Hope he spends the night in jail & has to serve 20 hrs. of community service at the border!

    May 1, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. Luis Teixeira

    Nice Move for gutierrez, that proved that we have racist groups, and everybody are rasonable suspicius....we have to stop the hate, violence and racism....

    May 1, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  6. Israel Valenzuela

    In a time like this, I am proud that representatives from the the left side of the aisle take a stand against injustice. It seems like the white folks on the other side are hell bent on forcing their racist agenda down the throats of so many people here legally. It will be their demise. Thank you Rep. Gutierrez for taking a stand. Sincerely, Israel Valenzuela

    May 1, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  7. art in kingwood

    If he is either convicted of this criminal behavior, or pleads guilty, he must be removed from Congress. Mr. Hairy Pelosi, as Speaker, must move against him TONIGHT to assure the American people that Mr. Guterrorist never sets foot on the floor of the House again.

    May 1, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  8. biom

    It's disappointing to see an elected official breaking the law. I would prefer to see him guide the illegal immigrants put their papers in order and guide them through the immigration process. I would rather see an official encouraging constituents to abide and live by the law ,not leading them to civil disobedience or in breaking the laws of this great country. There is no need to reform immigration, there are already laws out there, there are rules and steps on how one can otbain legal status in this country. Just go through those processes, implement the law and we should all be fine.

    May 1, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  9. George of the jungle

    thye where following orders from the shirt.

    May 1, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  10. justiceinidaho

    While the rest of the country debates the new law in Arizona allowing the demand for papers from anyone ‘suspected’ of being an illegal immigrant (don’t get too dark of a tan), a jury in a small county in Idaho stood up for the right of every person (immigrant or not) to receive a fair trial in the U.S.

    No officer of the court (judge, prosecutor, or the defense attorney himself) stood up and did their legal and ethical duty to stop a trial where the P.D. was obviously incapacitated. The jury did- refusing to convict based on the inadequate counsel of the defense. Apparently jurors had corrected mistatements by the defense attorney aloud in court and the prosecutor noted that the defense attorney “was not fully aware of what was going on”.

    This was a case of an illegal immigrant charged with raping his 12 yr. old daughter. One has to assume that the negligence was pretty obvious for a jury to refuse to convict. So… bravo to the jurors!! Thank you for voting your concious and standing up for us all.

    (refers to an article ran in the April 28th edition of the Long Valley Advocate, Cacade, Idaho)

    May 1, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. Well Okay

    We will arrest you Idiot, then we will arrest both your friends and your family.

    May 1, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  12. capt snarky

    Why does Rep. Gutierrez have a problem with enforcing the laws on immigration???? Illegal immigration is still illegal.

    If they arrested him, They should charge him. If he broke the law, he pays the consequences.....

    May 1, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  13. Meana

    So will this Rep. be resigning his sworn position as a government official? How can you uphold the law if you cannot follow it? Idiot. Vote this bum out in November Illinois.

    May 1, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  14. Ryan

    This is awesome 1960's style protesting here! I'm proud.

    May 1, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  15. randy

    Hi, if u are here illegal u should get out,i need a passport to travel.

    May 1, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  16. Albert R. Killackey, Esq. What about Wall Street criminal profiling?

    Criminal profiling should not be wasted on small things like immigration and crime on the streets. Crime in the suites of Wall Street is the real problem causing trouble to us all. Wall Street criminal profiling should require all law enforcement officers to review all papers, voice and text messages and emails of all white adult males who worked in skyscrapers, retire in Arizona and vote for Republicans. Yes, it is racial persecution of white males in Arizona but since they think that is how law enforcement works best they won’t mind being stopped and having top prove they are innocent, right?

    May 1, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  17. ann

    Another loud mouth from Illinois.What a surprise

    May 1, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  18. JD

    Hmmm.... didn't he take an oath to support the Constitution and laws? Boot him out along with the rest of the Illinois mafia. OOPS! That would include BOBAMA!

    May 1, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  19. ROSE T

    I support Arisona 150%, and I say that ALL other 49 states should ALSO enforce it immidiatelly!! Also, one thing that REALLY upsets me very very much is that this "protests" against this law or any law that "might" offend illegals, for that matter. Are usually accepted and tollerated, but "WE" the "LAW ABIDING CITIZENS. are not ever taken into consideration, either in speaking up against this darn demonstrations or allowing us to have our own demonstrations against this "law breakers". It seems that "we" the citizens have absolutely no right to say or demonstrate against this "criminals" that break the law by coming here illegally and then "DEMAND" rights. Its reallt NOT fair, that we cant speak our minds as well as these criminals "ALWAYS" get to do so!!

    May 1, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  20. Joenotplumber

    And he was arrested. Good radiance! I think he should be released without charge.

    May 1, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  21. A.B.

    It is better to go to jail for a just cause than for an unjust cause or for a crime. Congressman Gutierrez should be commended for supporting the civil rights of all Americans. He is morally courageous. The Arizona immigration law is unconstitutional and violates the federal civil rights law and people's rights and it will be overturned by the federal courts.

    May 1, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  22. Ruty

    This dork needs to back to uncivilized country.

    May 1, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  23. Phillip Ley

    What an idiot. He is more in tune with his race than his nation, which is exactly why this Republic is headed to oblivion.

    May 1, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  24. shooter

    Arrest and deport all of those illegal aliens including the supporters. Excellent police work.

    May 1, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  25. US citizen

    Deport this guy. Send him back to Mexico.

    May 1, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
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