Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez was arrested with lawyers, community leaders and activists after a brief meeting with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. I guess he didn’t like what they said.
Gutierrez is a rude anti-Trump politician who deserves a little time behind bars to rethink his disastrous policies.
He led the other malcontents to stage a protest after their demands to ICE we rejected.
“The Democratic congressman led a sit-in following a meeting that began around 10 a.m. Monday with a delegation of activists that included about 22 advocates, attorneys, community leaders and other local elected officials,” Gutierrez’s spokesman Douglas Rivlin told NBC News.
“They were asking about specific cases and about the general conduct of ICE and deportations,” Rivlin said.
“The congressman has decided that he did not get the answers he was looking for from the ICE regional director and he’s going to be staying inside until he gets answers, even if that means risking arrest.”
Besides protesting Trump’s new immigration initiatives in general, the protesters had specific cases they wanted “fixed.”
“The congressman first met with the same ICE regional director in 2008 about this case, about getting a deferral from deportation,” Rivlin said.
“Ms. Lino came in regularly for meetings with ICE every year as a condition for her deferred deportation, and a couple of weeks ago she was told that she would need to get her bags together and has a specific date for when she is going to be deported in July. The congressman is asking that that deportation be canceled.”
“The congressman said this is reprehensible that immigrants are being treated this way, that the rules are changed without any information or notice, that low priorities for deportation are being removed from the country and the congressman wants to get answers from the staff here, and he has not been getting any answers,” Rivlin continued. “They need to call Washington, they need to call the White House.”