May 1st, 2010
04:27 PM ET

Congressman arrested at immigration rally

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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  1. Jessica

    Thanks Mr. Gutierezz...I know you were arrested in Vieques too, in Puerto Rico..when you protested against the U.S. Navy base in there. Thanks sir....the hispanic community is with you.

    May 1, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pedro Sanchez

      Why not protest about the U.S. Navy being in the U.S.?

      Oh, wait, PR part of the U.S.? OK, same thing – Get the U.S. Military out of the U.S.!

      Si, that make sense.

      May 17, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. alfonds

    If you're in a court of law and you know you're innocent, you have nothing to worry about.

    May 1, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Should you have to "go to court" day after day after day to prove your innocence?
      What's next? Arm bands?

      May 1, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • NeutralVoice

      Just carry the proper documents if you actually obtained them legally. Hence the words Legal and non legal.

      May 2, 2010 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • kitty

      the proof of innocence is the burden of the accused. the PROOF. innocence alone is not a factor in the case.

      May 17, 2010 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. brown

    What a pathetic little man. He is simply pandering to the crowd for his own
    self interests.

    May 1, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jesse

    Patriotism does not equal racism which this law clearly is. I'm an american citizen and even I can see that.

    May 1, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RosieQ

    It is not the law us "people" worry about, but the discrimination behind it, we are not about to let our kids bow the heads to no man just because the color of their skin. If you are white you don't understand.

    May 1, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Clayton

    "Why are these people protesting this law? If they are legal there should not be any problems. If they are illegal, then they are the people who are scared and worried about arrest and deportation. This is so cut and dry."

    I know it can seem cut and dry, but those who support the bill should ask whether there is a reasonable way to put the law into action that doesn't involve racial profiling or a reasonable way to put the law into action in such a way that it doesn't impact minorities who are citizens in ways it won't impact white citizens. Here's what I've heard from one of the bill's supporters–law enforcement won't look at skin color or whether the person speaks Spanish, they'll look at shoes and dress. Right. That will work.

    May 1, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Elliott Carlin

    Rep Luis Gutierrez doesn't have much to do, so he tries to be like Cesar Chavez with his little protest gig.

    Funny thing: Chavez was opposed to ILLEGALs.

    Oops.

    Sort of like MLK saying people shouldn't be judged by the color of their skin, but content of character...yet when you take his advice, the libs say we can't judge.

    Funny peeps.

    May 1, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. josieg6

    wondering if this is just to raise his profile...as a IL law maker who didnt get a whitehouse job....just wondering.

    May 1, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bryce Reed

    You people who think it is so simple as if your legal, why worry, why protest the law have no clue about life outside your little world. It is about rights, families. This is not the America that so many have stood for.

    May 1, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cliff

    Amazing what "crackpot politicians" will do for attention.
    Were Jesse and Fal Albert there?

    May 1, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jimmie

    This law is terrible but Arizona almost has no choice. These illegals that are actually causing the country problems are the ones smuggling pot over the border. Hmm... I wonder what would stop them, maybe if they didn't make so much effing money selling pot to our citizens. So someone please give me a reason why the drug war continues on. A valid reason please. I would really like to hear from a limited government, personal freedom loving(supposedly) tea partier on this.

    May 1, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Informed

    Both "legal" and "illegal" people are protesting this law because it's discriminating. Making racial profiling lawful worries a lot of people. AND if it were that easy to just go through the process of legalization, trust me that the people would definitely do it. If the government wants safe borders then they should go to secure the borders, but why are they gonna ruin people who have a whole life living here and the only crime they have commited is dreaming and going through dangers and humiliations for a better life.
    The only solution to this is either a reform that legalizes all the undocumented people who work and do no harm, OR to deport more than 12 million people.. Which is easier..?

    May 1, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Max Power

    The truly despicable Lawless Luis bottom feeding for a couple possible future votes, while ignoring the people who pay his salary, which in turn pay for his shady real estate deals.
    Typical.

    May 1, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Alf

    These demonstrations are a great place to start the round up and deportations! The above mentioned Rep has a more appropriate venue to make his voice heard. What a clown!

    May 1, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. J Gonzales

    SuzM – not all nationalities are treated the same by U.S, immigration authorities. For Koreans the process is short and simple. For people from Latin American countries, not so simple and up to 10 years to complete the process depending on how many times the immigration authorities "lose" your file.

    May 1, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
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