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. AmericanD

    Ray, we can blame them because they are BREAKING THE LAW. I want a better life for my family too, does that make it OK for me to go rob a bank??

    May 3, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ray

    Exactly who's country was this originally?

    May 3, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. AmericanD

    So, Ray, are you trying to say that Native Americans = Mexicans? Or are you talking about the dinosaurs?

    Not only that, but what does any of that matter? Why do you think people should be allowed to commit a crime because it's easier for them then solving the problems in their own country?

    May 3, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Avni

    No, he's basically pointing out the bigotry. The Natives were here first. The Europeans came in hopes to establish a better life for themselves. They met the Natives and took their land away. Sure one can argue and say it was different then since there weren't any laws in place, but then again that just comes to show how imaginary these laws really are.

    This isn't an invasion. Some politicians exaggerated it (amongst many other things) to scare people into voting for them. If anything, what the Europeans did to the Natives is exactly what an invasion is. It initially wasn't, but its what it turned out to be. People may be coming here illegally with the hope of bettering their lives, but they're not forcefully kicking you out of your home (nor do they have the intention to) and tossing you into a reservation.

    And in a way yeah, "Native Americans=Mexicans." Some of the southern region of North America was home to the Mexicans until the Europeans decided to take that away, too. Lol.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Monkey Doo

    More congressmen should be arrested and jailed just as a matter of principle.

    May 3, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kevin

    Arizona wants a WHITE AMERICA. Leave them alone! Maybe after this law, they will want to legalize lynching too, why not? Then, maybe let's legalize slavery as well. C'mon people, I wanna hear! WHITE AMERICA! or, let's use another word. Apartheid America!!! Follow my lead!

    May 3, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. roque g. godines

    I live one the bordeer city of laredo, tx and i cannot believe all the amount of money we as americans spent the children the are here illegal, but yet if they wish to join the arm forces they can not. I personally know of kids that have been here from first thru highschool, graduated with good grades and are willing the join but if they try they will be deported. why do we waste are tax payer money like this? My dad came from mexico, serve during W.W 2 and was given his citzen, and his was proud. Why can't it be like that. OUt of the seven boys,five served proudly.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. La Korita

    The hole purpouse of the new law in Arizona, is to misslead people against each other, and distract the public attention from the "questionable job" of the Arizona law enforcement does to control the crime, and the traffic of drugs in their state. Unfortunatelly for us, one problem leads to the other, not immigration. People who came to work in the united states, illigal or not, can not afford to buy AKA's to comitt crimes. Neither to pay big amounts of money to corrupt the Arizona's law enforcement. Has anybody bother to do a research in how many border patroll officers or policeman in Arizona are fired due to corruption?
    Corruption is the name of the problem in Arizona, and is demanding our attention. Do not allow politicians to create new laws that will hide the real truth. If you are proud of been American, then we need to be part of something positive. Unless we want to be like Mexico, where they cann't control the cartels anymore.

    May 4, 2010 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. sherri

    i am the proud grandmother of a child of hispanic desent. shes a lovely bright and loving little girl. i cant say i wouldnt be offended if someone asked for her birth certificate on a city street. but by the same token i see the hardships on the taxpayers of this country thru social programs,free insurance,hospitols in small towns actualy folding because of non payment by illegals who use e.r.s as a g.p, there it doesnt matter if youve papers,insurance or money.the hospitol is obligated to treat them. i feel for anyone who wants to improve their lives and the lives of their family but at the same time,there must be a commitment made to this country.no one should be allowed to get benefits from a country they were not born in, nor have they contributed to the very social programs they take advantage of. money made at a job isnt spent in america but sent to families in mexico.surely anyone can see these things arent right. im not an irish american,an african american, a hispanic american.i am simply an AMERICAN.i was born here , raised here, held a job and paid my taxes here.as my grand daughter will be.be american,take responsiblilty,and pride in this country.obey the laws be here legally.to do otherwise is hypocritcal and abusive.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
  10. sherri

    lakorita unfortunantly as long as there is someone who wants a certain drug ,there will be someone to sell it to them. just as prohibition caused violence and the death of innocents,so it is with all illegal drugs now.i cant say that i want all drugs legalized,but i do see our current situation in the past with prohibition. the "war on drugs" is a blackhole for our tax dollars.the authorities go after the users ,arrest them 3 times,call them habitual,and send them to prison for life. it doesnt matter ifviolence was involved or not. then they release pedophiles,rapists,and even muderers in a matter of yrs if not months. i dont know about you,but i would much rather live next to the pot head than a pedophile. if the authorities actualy went after the people who have the money and means to bring drugs into this coutry,rather than the users, perhaps my mind would be changed.as of now i feel that if you have money you can get away with anything.if you dont to prison you go.drugs are here and have been as long as humans have found them.i dont see a change coming anytime soon.lol even some animals (elephants and monkeys) wait for a certain fruit to fall from the tree,ferment and then go eat the fruit.it seems were not the only species looking for a head change occasionally.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. sherri

    kevin i see alot of problems with your post. besides being prejudiced, bigotted. eventualy inbreeding will take ANY race attempting to " remain pure".rofl. all humans are out of africa.its not an insult but a fact. the color of our skin,the features we have are dictated by where our ancestors came from. and by the way? if you want to REALLY know if youre 100% white? take your finger tip lay it on the tip of your nose. letthe bottom of your finger touch your chin.if your lips brush against your finger? guess what?? yourenot sio " white " after all. but then again ,ignorance is bliss. i would warn you not to.from the look of you post ,you cant handle the truth. the fact is there is only ONE race. the human one. join it youll be alot happier.id hate to stand before me creator and admit the only " good" thing i could say about myself was the color of my skin. blessings : )

    May 4, 2010 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jc

    What's the big deal? The illegals will move to near by states and then what? Once there, they will find legal Americans to buy their drugs and bribe the border patrol. It’s all a sick cycle. Did I mention US Citizens are also involved in selling and distributing illegal drugs? This is a typical political move. Blame the most popular option and ignore the cause of the problem. Way to go Arizona!

    May 4, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. taco whiteboy

    what a stupid idiot he needed to be arrested

    May 4, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. rafael

    luis way to go stand for what you believe in that is what this country was built on
    i live in florida and proud of what you did

    May 4, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dapinter

    Nice. Some rest from the nonsense that comes out of his mouth!!!

    May 4, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
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