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. Rob Commentaire

    This law is wrong. I totally agree we need to do something to avoid illigal immigrants from coming to the U.S. but this law is wrong. Everyone here is saying, "The only people that should have a problem are illegals. If you're legal you shouldn't have a problem." This is wrong. Do all you people think that cops ALWAYS can be trusted and that there are no cops with prejudices? Cops now have a license to disciminate and pull anyone over that looks Mexican. I'm part Filipino and part French. People ask me all the time if I speak Spanish. So now if I go to Arizona cops can come up to me even if I'm not doing anything wrong and they can ask for my ID and harrass me and try to find a reason to be jerks. Don't act like this never happens.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tuna74

    From a 76 year old America Puerto Rican.
    Rep. Luis Gutierrez is defending criminals & he knows it.

    These were the requirements our forefathers went through to become Americans At Ellis Island.

    Immigrants who entered the United States at Ellis Island were not permitted to remain in the country if they had a contagious disease such as smallpox, yellow fever or the measles. If they were deemed likely to end up needing to receive welfare or otherwise seemed unable to provide for themselves, they would be refused admission. Finally, if they were assessed as likely to become an illegal contract laborer, they would be refused entry. People who seemed to be "alien radicals" were interned. The records of many of the immigrants who entered the country at Ellis Island have become part of its archive. The island is a significant tourist destination, and its website contains links to where the descendants of these immigrants can go when doing genealogical research about their family (see Resources below).

    * Ellis Island Website

    May 10, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tuna74

    I think its ironic How a Historical culture of the Aztec & the Maya.That allowed Hernando Cortes of Spain to Illegally land at the port of Vera Cruz,then march to the center of Mexico Where with the help of about 4000 of your own people proceeded to rob from your Ancestors.
    Then you allowed napoleon of France to Illegally do the same. Germany had some of the same tie's.
    You allowed yourselves to being used & accuse us of stealing your land
    Now you sit here today & defend the Spanish Language as tho" it was the Holy Grail.
    You should be proud to be Aztecs or Maya.,That's your true Culture.
    We would have built ships & headed right to Spain.

    Be proud to be Aztecs.
    But remember.
    It was Cortes that landed in your country ,Not George Washington.
    George Washington.spoke English,So do we.

    May 10, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AJ

    It is not the illegal immigrants who have taken your jobs, the culprit are the corporations and politicians who agreed to outsourcing. I do not know of one legal American who would work the hours or take a job that most illegal immigrants work at. Ignorance is bliss!!

    May 15, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. AJ

    @Virginia Johnson

    Do you know for sure that illegal people in the U.S. charge their hospital stays to an insured person? Please stop believing in gossip, Stop reading the tabloids and start reading a real newspaper.

    I'm all for returning all illegal people back to their homelands, as long as we send the Europeans back to their respective countries as well....Irish, English, Italians.....leave!!!!!

    May 15, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      Get a history lesson. You talk about sending back people who legally immigrated in the late 1800's early to mid 1900's everyone else is talking about ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS! Learn the difference and stop whining.

      May 17, 2010 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. Thomas

    Rep. Luis Gutierrez did this because he wants his "Latino" votes. Everyone else should vote him out of office the next election. Enough of this special interest/lobbyist groups manipulation. Congress is supposed to represent AMERICANS and the average Americans' interests.

    May 17, 2010 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. ImaHeretic

    Illegal immigrants are already complaining about enforcement of American Law. Imagine the destruction they may cause if they ever become US citizens.

    May 17, 2010 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
    • jason walker

      AMEN to that

      May 18, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. jason walker

    I am a a blue collar worker and I just love the thought that our country will pay for all these ilegal people to live here on welfare for free while I go to work everyday and get taxed for it "NOT" I have a cheap .22 for anyone taking my hard earned money and not working for it oh yeah I am a Redneck and very proud !!!!!!!!!!

    May 18, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. jason walker

    this country is already over populated with non english speaking people . if you can't speak english don't come in my store or I charge double for the hassle of dealing with your non english speaking self.

    May 18, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. RodentKing

    Gutierrez is hated by the majority of people from Puerto Rico. The Puerto Ricans from the island of PR say he is an embarrassment to all Puerto Ricans.

    May 19, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jim

    Why should I have to follow the laws of my country? Foreigners here illegally don't have to. I think we should all get to pick and choose what laws we follow. The government would save lots of money. No police, judges, lawyers or jails required.

    July 6, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. smarter than you

    You people are too stupid to govern. The jews want divide and conquer. They've bought off our government via the wallstreet/rothschild wallet. Therefore they've been appointed every high level job in washington, and the media. Get it! we're being robbed blind. Our country is being destroyed. Allowing illegal immigration is nothing about freedom, it's about lowering wages so the oligarchs make more money and the middle class is too broke to fight back. You people are letting the media pied poper you into serfdom. God you are stupid.

    September 27, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Holroyd

      You are so clearly an expert on "stupid" I crumble before your erudition. Just one thought...If the Oligarchs want us all to be poor then who is going to buy their products?

      November 19, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  13. Second hand smoke

    The world is made of symbols and this was for right or wrong in many minds the promised land. Whatever hope humanity had was destroyed with that symbol.You now have nothing.You can be tazed and beaten stripped and thrown into a cage.So can your wife and your kids can be taken or molested by agents of your sick sad state of government.As far as I'm concerend people failed.May the future if there is one curse you and spit wherever your' remains are found.That congressman was a domestic enemy and the police did the right thing.The people however remain stupid.'Id rather see the whole world dead than become what it is becoming.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
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