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. Max Power

    Somewhat fitting, seeing how those of us in Illinois refer to him as "Lawless Luis"

    May 1, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rmpetie27

    Way to go Rep. Luis Gutierrez. That's what I call representation

    May 1, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. editorialstatic

    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.

    May 1, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • lDavis

      An American citizens' constitutional rights WILL be violated when a cop "mistakenly" aquires "reasonable suspicion" that he/she's an immigrant. This is not about keeping immigrants in the U.S. It's about ensuring that American citizens don't have their constitutional rights violated.

      Still cut and dry? Know the law before you comment.

      May 1, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • maile

      I won't mind providing my ID when asked in order to live in a safer america. Safer from the illegals that invaid our schools,trash our countryside and feel free to kill anyone who is in their way of drugsmuggling. What is cut and dry is them being here illegally. Why isn't it cut and dry to you?

      May 1, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pedro Sanchez

      There are many, perhaps most legal immigrants from Latin American countries who live in the U.S. with other family members who are not here legally. Many send money's home to there families outside the U.S. In fact, this is one of the major sources of capital for Mexico and the Government of Mexico, along with illegal drug traffic into the U.S.. Sure, they want America to survive, because they need to continue sucking on the American breast. This is why the Mexican Government protests when ever the U.S. talks of tougher illegal immigration laws. It cuts into the Governments drug and U.S. family funding sources.
      I believe that the goal of organizations that are against any hindrance of illegal immigration is populate the U.S. with babies born here from illegal alien mothers, flood the country with so many new illegal legal immigrants as to provide a major voter pool to become a Latin American run country again.

      A country by and for Latin Americans.
      It is already happening. You can no stop it. Better you learn to speak and read good Spanish than try to stop Latinos taking over America.


      May 17, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • tuna74

      Yes you sleep on that
      That's what they said in my home nyc Just before the planes hit the towers.
      We all carry Digital driver's License.So that we Know Who we are.
      All except the Illegal's..

      May 18, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • tuna74

      Ask Rep. Luis Gutierrez If he is exempt from this law.
      The 14th amendment..Section 3.
      seem's to me he is not.

      May 18, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. suzm

    If staying in the country means that much why not go thru the process of becoming legal? My mom is Korean and did it. There's just no excuse. If you are legal why worry?

    May 1, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alena

      Because the current and past immigration laws make it impossible for anyone without money to become a legal citizen. Maybe you should ask your mother what all she had to go through. Also, since your mother is Korean, I am sure it was slightly easier for her to become leagalized. Any countries on the border are harder.

      July 6, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jw

    All minority groups should protest as this issue is reflective of the civil rights movement ,but don't protest @ white house protest the complete congress for failure to act in the last decade!

    May 1, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Capt. Obvious

    You people are priceless. What part of civil disobedience don't you understand?

    May 1, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. thanx

    Only Rep or Senator in DC who has the balls to actually work for the people!!!!!!!!

    May 1, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clippinwings

      Yeah cause the senator from Arizona that wrote this long over due bill is a state senator and thus NOT in Washington.

      Anyone not in a border state has no realistic educated basis to make a comment on this story. Those of us who are, know somethings has to change...

      Kudos to AZ for finally doing something!

      May 1, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jim

    Congressman protesting for illegals, why doesn't that surprise me. I hope drug dealers, rapists, murders, wife beaters, child molesters, catholic priest pedophiles and all the other scum hold a "rights" rally so that this idiot can stand with them too

    May 1, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ruth

    This immigration debate could lead to the next civil war in the US. I applaud those who are trying to have a reasoned discussion not hassling innocent people because of the color of their skin. Remember if you are not an American Indian you are an immigrant to this country.

    May 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pedro Sanchez

      American Indian? They migrated as well. There are no historic evidence of any race origin other than Africa. We are all African Americans. We are all immigrants but we are NOT all illegal immigrants.

      If the question is do we allow illegal immigrants to live in her unmolested, then the question needs to include, what illegal activity do we allow and in fact, support in our country, by governments.

      You can get 25 years for smuggling pot. You get a free ticket to Cancun for smuggling yourself from Mexico.
      The person who said that if you don't live in once of the states bordering Mexico, you don't know the issue, is correct. People in Ohio don't have to pay for keeping illegals out, or trying to return them. They may know about some of the crime that the illegals bring – it's why they call them illegals! They are here illegally – this makes them criminals. Any any one housing or hiring them is harboring criminals – we do we look the other way?

      There is a right way and a wrong way to do things. In Mexico, if you don't like the law, you bribe the Federalies or the Government. In the U.S.A. if you don't like the law, you vote to change it, or someone in to change it.
      Soon, there will be more Latinos legally in the U.S. that the laws will be changed and we will let all Latin American peoples go and go as – no more illegal Latin immigrants will exist. We will solve this problem, yes?

      May 17, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JeffK005

    Too bad we can't deport him. Why don't they change their t-shirts to read "Deport me, not my family...."

    May 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maria

      We should give this country back to the rightfull owners.... The american Indians!!!!

      May 1, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Max Power

    Lawless Luis out representing everyone but the people who pay has salary. Typical.

    Hell, the only time he pays attention to the chicago area is when there is a "good" real estate deal to be had.

    May 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. SeaknightRex

    nooo, LAWLESS actually got busted? elected officials...go figure.

    May 1, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rogelio

    Yes, yes. Way to go!
    That man is a hero, and he went through with his word (:

    May 1, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Carson

    Thanks Rep. Gutierrez.....sometimes it takes guts, and acts of non-violent civil disobedience to make a point. And yes, it is great representation to show how you feel about a law that affects the largest cultural group in this country, and is your OWN community.

    May 1, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jenkins

    I am sick of hearing, “we are a nation of immigrants” without people saying what the immigrants went through to get here.

    People who came through Ellis Island, where it is said 1/3 of Americans can trace their ancestry through, had to meet certain requirements. Those coming through Ellis Island were not just allowed to walk through the building and become dependent on public aid while trying to obtain the “American Dream.” NO, they were each and everyone screened; being asked 29 questions including name, occupation, and the amount of money carried. This was NOT a quick process; it sometime took days and weeks to be processed. People slept on floors, cots and benches without proper warmth to gain access to this country.

    Those with visible health problems or diseases were sent home or held in the island’s hospital facilities for long periods of time. It is believed that some 4000 people died in the Island hospitals because they came sick and were not admit entrance to this county. Some unskilled workers were rejected because they were considered “likely to become a public charge.” In fact, people were sent home for not being able to afford to be here, and if admitted were NOT allowed any sort of public aid for the first 3 years of living in the United States.

    To those sent home Ellis Island was a place of great heart ache, but to those admitted it was known as a place of joy and comfort. People would kiss the pillars of the building in joy because they had been allowed to start a new life.

    So before you talk about this being a nation of immigrants, which it is, talk about the sacrifice those immigrants had to make to be here. Talk about those willing to sleep on a bench in a building surrounded by strangers, those who gave all their money to a ship owner to get them here; bring that into the debate and I might get impressed with your “Nation of immigrants” argument.

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

      nice to see someone knows their history. 🙂 kudos sir

      May 20, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sue Davis

      Yes, I agree with you. If we turned anyone away today, we would be called racist. Also, the immigrants that came in through Ellis Island insisted that their children learn English; they were here to become Americans; they may have kept some of their family traditions, etc., (which is fine) but the main thing was they wanted a new life HERE IN AMERICA.

      September 27, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
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