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. Cowan Gal

    Have the people against this law even read it? It seems to me that they are parroting what they hear in the media and not what is outlined in the law. The only way a law enforcement officer can legitimately ask to see papers related to immigration status is after probably cause has been established due to another infringement of the law. For example, if an officer stops a car for speeding or possible DUI, the officer can ask for documentation along with the driver's license, registration, and insurance information. Considering that we all have to "show our papers" under these circumstances, it is merely another document that those here legally would need to carry.

    My daughter is half Hispanic. I am a quarter Cherokee and a quarter Black Foot. My sons can add Cree to their heritage. I am in no way racist. However, I do believe that an individual should be in this country legally.

    May 1, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Facepalm

    Rep. Gutierrez only went to the protest to get free political advertising. He is pandering the Hispanic voters. Elections are approaching soon! He is from Illinois, gotta keep the machine working! I heard that he planned on going there specifically to get arrested. Hmmm.

    May 1, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Facepalm

    The United States should annex Mexico as the 51st state. Then the illegals would legal, and all that new tax revenue would be enough to make the Government weak in the knees.

    May 1, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Amy

    Why would someone who entered a country illegally feel they have a right to protest their very being here? It is becoming overwhelming taking care of the vast number of illegal aliens who show up at the hospitals demanding care and have no insurance and certainly no personal funds to pay for this care. Also not to mention the interpretors that hospitals are now required to supply-at a VERY high cost. Yes, you guessed it- all this is passed along to the tax paying citizens of the U.S.

    May 1, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. R.G

    Thank you Luis Gutierrez, for doing what others wont. People need to understand that life is short and that we all need a equal chance of survival. One day we will all be judged for the way we treat others, that will decide our future.

    May 1, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. royce

    It is racist, it is a waste of tax payers money, it is wasting police resources, its causing more harm than good and its going to lead the nation into a bad place. Obama or the people need to stop this madness in Arizona because the woman who created this new problem might get away with it otherwise. This reminds me and others I know of the early 1900's where if you were not white you had to fear harrassment and senseless brutality.

    May 1, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MIKE

    Only the guilty should have fear........and you should heading to your homeland to protest your own laws because you are a disgrace to your race !

    May 1, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MIKE

    I mean DISGRACE !

    May 1, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cathy

    Way to go, hats off to you Rep. Gutierrez, I applaud you! I myself am not Hispanic, but my children were born here, their father is Hispanic. How are my children, who are adults, and my grandchildren to identify themselves? They look Hispanic, because they are. Why should they be stopped and questioned as to their citizenship? They don't carry around passports, or birth certificates for proof of citizenship. Will they be detained and questioned, arrested, just because they can't produce their "papers?" What do they have to carry, do they have to be microchipped? Where is this going to stop? Do we need to carry around a pedigree? Animals are treated better than some of these immigrants are. We must remember where we ALL came from, and I can bet that all of us have family who have come to our country from another.

    May 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Gilbert

    Congratulations someone one with balls in congress to protest some of the horrible racial profiling that has been turned into law.

    May 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LaRoxie

    This LAW is NOT A DISCUSSION. THIS IS A LAW THE STATE OF ARIZONA MADE AND PASSED. This law is about ILLEGAL people in the United States of America that have broken the law as to how they have come into this country and need to pay the consequences. When you break a law – you pay in some way or other and in this case YOU GO BACK TO THE COUNTRY YOUR A CITIZEN IN. Read our lips! What is so hard to comprehend about that? Come over the border LEGALLY like my grandparents did. TAKE A NUMBER AND WAIT!

    THIS IS NOT YOUR COUNTRY. You have no rights to march or demonstrate to be here ILLEGALLY no matter what your lawyers have told you. There is a Constitution in this country and a Bill of Rights. You need to be a CITIZEN to be protected by them.

    GO HOME!!!!!

    If our president doesn't make you do this, we will just get a new president.

    May 1, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Fed up Vet

    Well now we got jews calling themselves minorities and comparing the Az. Immigration bill to the holocaust. Not even close. Shame on you. I am soooooo sick and tired of hearing how these illegals are such good hardworking people. That is B.S. and we all know it. Sure there are plenty of good hardworking illegals, just come in the front door and do it the right way. Stop ignoring the fact that there are thousands upon thousands that are rotten to the core criminals. And to the sad story of the woman who overstayed her visa, got married and had children then got deported then after several years and many trials and tribulations was able to come back and stay I say, how were you married without proper residency? And gee you overstayed your visa stupid. And who knows how many more laws you broke. Again, there is a right way and a wrong way. Too bad the idiots that break the laws make it hard and bog the system down for the folks that want to do it right. And now for Arizona, God Bless Arizona! I know for a fact Arizona has a huge number of Hispanic law enforcement members and we all know why. You pretty much have to be bilingual to be a cop in Arizona. And you can bet these cops can tell the difference between an illegal or a legal resident. Just because you liberal candy asses in the land of the fruits and nuts can't tell the difference does not mean professionals can't. It is a shame the spineless selfserving pukes we have in D.C. getting fat on taxdollars put Arizona into a corner to force them to take this drastic measure. There is a f#^&*%@ invasion going on and the mexicans know it and have been taunting us and making a mockery of us and our Country. These people actually want to take over! They arent interested in fitting in or learning the english language they want to take over and turn our Country into a s%^&*#^e like the one they left. Just look at the neighborhoods they have taken over. Go ahead you liberal candyasses go take a midnight stroll in hispanic a hood ( i know they have their own names for them but I won't dignify them) We will NOT sit back any longer and continue to let our Country get over run. It is time we do what should have been done decades ago and secure our borders and deport illegal aliens.

    May 1, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. QGarret

    I love the new law....you go Jan Brewer!

    May 1, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Steve

    Maybe this will make the people who are screaming racial profiling happy, when the police questions a person of interest, they do so in ENGLISH, if the person cannot or will not answer answer in ENGLISH, then that officer has the right to ask that person about their legal status. There, does that make you whiners happy now....

    May 1, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. durabook

    As insensitive as this may sound to the bleeding heart libs out there, this is a necessary evil of a broken system. I am guessing many of the comments on this thread are being posted by people who are blind to the problem USC's (US citizens) are having at the border with the drug cartels.

    This is NOT a problem that is going to disappear or resolve itself on its own. Drugs are coming in and weapons and cash are going out at an alarming rate. Even though some illegals come into this country with the best intentions of building a better life or fleeing a corrupt country, this does not mitigate the fact that they are in fact illegal.

    The "profiling" that many of you seem to be concerned with is an integral part of policing, whether you like it or not and is actually probable cause based on articulate-able facts. Get over it! I could see there being public outrage if USC's were getting deported, however, that is not the case.

    May 1, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
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