How proud his constituents must be!
Democratic Rep. Luis Gutiérrez of Illinois was arrested along with roughly 30 fellow protesters outside the White House during a gathering commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The protesters were arrested for sitting on the sidewalk outside the White House after attending a rally in Lafayette Square across the street, according to The Hill. Gutiérrez , a well-known immigration advocate, defended the protest shortly before his arrest.
Shortly before his arrest, Gutiérrez told The Hill:
The same values that I inculcated in my daughters, that my wife and I raised them, [Dreamers] are an example and exemplify them. Their dreams are just like my kids’ dreams.
The protest comes as the DACA program faces a potential legal challenge from a coalition of ten states, led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, which have vowed to mount a legal challenge if President Donald Trump does not rescind the law by Sept. 5. Nearly 800,000 people brought to the country illegally as children have been granted legal status under the law.
This is not Gutiérrez’s first brush with the law. He was arrested three times previously for protesting, including two arrests outside the White House in 2010 and 2011 in immigration-related rallies.
Doug Rivlin, a spokesman for Gutiérrez, said he was taken to Park Police headquarters in Anacostia Park by Park Police officers, who have jurisdiction over the area in which Gutierrez was arrested.
This report, by Jack Crowe, was cross posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.