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. Rick Guerra


    May 1, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |

    Mike, speak for yourself, Illinois rep has my permission to speak for me.
    Jim-I am not a racist and I wan't equal rights for all. I am a proud American and would never think of likening an illegal immigrant to a murdered, rapists, etc. Only a RACIST would think of something like that.
    Ruth- you go girl-that is 100% the honest to gods truth and I thank them everyday for letting my ancestors live here.
    Suzm- I am sure the only way your ma made it here to become legal was to become involved, if you get what I am saying.. with an American, probably a serviceman cuz it was stylin' back in the day. Unfortunately it doesn't work the same with Hispanics cuz if it did we wouldn't have this problem.
    And when did Arizona say this law was against only Mexicans? Oh, they didn't- but it's obvious what they meant and now look at things, what a mess. Good for those trying to protect MY constitutional rights I appreciate it.

    May 1, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Conscious perspective

    Thank you Representative Gutierrez. Your posture is one of compassion and courage. You are involved even to your own hurt. I respect that sir, Thank you. On the other hand where are the tea party folks??? where is the so called hero maverick john mccain (son of cain)??? What a joke! No wonder this nation is filled with empty headed, can't think for themselves, full of hate individuals. These are the product of the leadership in this country.

    May 1, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. SETexas



    May 1, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Leo

    Posted by: Pirate Wench

    "...Take not of the "any person within its jurisdiction" part. It doesn't apply specifically to citizens, it's for ANY PERSON...."

    Are you talking about the Constitution of the United States or Constitution of the World?
    If you are illegaly in the United States you are not "within jurisdiction" you are criminally tresspasing (according to the law one has the right to shoot you when you criminally tresspassing – the castle law)

    May 1, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dave Taylor

    SUCK THIS LUIS! )================D~~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~

    May 1, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Right on!

    @ Pirate Wench

    you seem to dismiss the "without due process of law" part of your quote. The Arizona law doesn't allow officers to take someone that "looks" illegal" and simply toss them back across the border. In order to check someone's status they must have been stopped for some other "lawful" reason. If that person happens to be arrested they again have to go through a process prior to being deported. Therefore due process will be met.

    May 1, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nate

    It's such a travesty of civil rights to be asked for your proof of citizenship in a border state...Is it any different than driving down to puerto vallarta and being stopped by the Mexican Police and asked for papers? I'm sure anglos and darker skinned individuals are looked at exactly the same in a traffic stop on the other side of the border. People can't help the color of their skin. I'm anglo, some other people aren't. Others are asian, black, etc etc. The real reality of it is that the country south of us is Mexico, and most of the people coming up from Mexico are Mexicans. Racial profiling occurs whether we like it or's not the result of malicious officials but rather the result of being endowed with the gift of eyesight. But until the problem of illegal immigration is addressed, living in a border state like Arizona, New Mexico, or Texas implies the possibility of being scrutinized more than if you were pulled over in Vermont. Get used to it!!!

    May 1, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joshua

    I think with this issue, we really need to decide what we do or do not stand for...

    The current situation is exploitative for everyone, and I think everyone agrees, except those gaining from illegals. Joe Bob can't compete with Senor Illegal wanting to work for 4 dollars an hour. Senor Illegal is only working for 4 an hour because his illegal status means he can't assert his right to something better. Who gains? Whomever is "employing" Senor Illegal. Who looses? Senor Illegal and Joe Bob. Tolerating an illegal status only serves the best interest of a greedy minority. I believe in competition, when its fair.

    It can only be resolved through amenesty, and opening the doors (and yes, we can screen out for criminals and the like, whatever) or closing the doors, and barring them shut. Forget the debate about the past, simple question is - what do we stand for today? Personally, I believe in an America where anyone who wants can come here, ante up, compete, and do as they will. It will only make us stronger, better, more adaptive. I mean, every country that closes stagnates and dies. What good is freedom, and all the rhetoric if its not extended to everyone? Freedom for some doesn't inspire me very much.

    And really, Joe Bob, you shouldn't worry. The first thing Senor Illegal is going to do when he becomes legal is demand better wages. So, you'll actually be competitive for your old job again. Time to wipe the dust off those drywall tools.

    May 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Winthrop

    So, Representative Gutierrez was exercising his Free Speech and First Amendment Rights to protest a law he obviously sees as being egregious and they arrest him for that? The news story (above) does not say he was doing anything wrong.

    Folks, it's getting much WORSE now! When police can just come and arrest a person, a Representative at that, for wearing a t-shirt expressing his feelings (which could also be that of his constituents), it cannot get any more WORSE than in Nazi Germany I can assure you! This arrest is obviously most uncalled for and perhaps he was arrested because his last name is 'Gutierrez', an obviously Hispanic name.

    At any rate, perhaps NOW people can better see and understand why the courts need to move IMMEDIATELY to INVALIDATE the Arizona immigration law. Just LOOK at what it does to people with Hispanic names!! Just Look!! And it can only get worse before it gets better. REPEAL ARIZONA'S LAW NOW!!

    May 1, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Chris

    "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 Mexican government threw a fit when we sent the National Guard to help at the border saying we were militarizing our border with them. Yet the southern border of Mexico, as well as the majority of borders in the world are militarized. The U.S. has one of the slackest punishments, that is why there are so many people here illegally. If you are caught, you are deported, and in a month or two you can just come right back.

    I don't have a problem with people making a better life for themselves, but do it legally. There is a problem with illegal immigrants in this country, that is an indisputable fact. Something has to be done to fix that. However, the majority happen to not be Caucasian, so no matter what, people are going to say it is racial profiling.

    The only reason there is such an uproar over this is because they Federal Government has had a more or less hands-off approach to it other than ICE/BP and individual states have not wanted to 'upset' anyone so they have all but turned away and let it continue. When a state finally says enough is enough and tries to do something about it, it becomes a worldwide media circus. I hate to say it, but there is no way to fix this and remain politically correct. No matter what is done, people are going to protest, rant, rave, cheer, sing, whatever. How about we just fix the problem already? Secure the border both at the state and federal level, increase punishments for those entering illegally, and put better provisions in place to make it less appealing for people to enter illegally.

    Another question: What is Mexico and other countries doing to keep their citizens from leaving to make a better life? If the U.S. is so evil and such a bad place, why do we get so many people flocking to live here? With the reactions that the Mexican government has whenever the issue comes up, it seems they want their citizens to slip across the border and send all those good American dollars back that they do.

    May 1, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Masterdebater

    I have a great idea! We should create a trade program like athletic teams have. We can trade our laziest and most useless citizens for useful hard working Mexicans! It's brilliant.

    May 1, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JoePags

    Thank you Rep. Gutierrez. You are one of the few with the courage to fight the RACIST Arizona law.

    Congressman Gutierrez is from Puerto Rico... that makes him a Natural Born Citizen.

    May 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. GMAN26

    Dear Governors and Congressmen,

    This letter is in support in helping reduce the amount of illegal immigrants
    entering this country. As you are aware, Arizona has taken a forward step
    in correcting this problem. I'm asking and urging that all States
    support this long outstanding, unresolved issue.

    Irresponsible reckless inaction by the United States government has lead
    directly to the Murder of Arizona rancher Rob Krentz. Killed on his own
    property by a suspected illegal alien.

    When American citizens are murdered on U.S. soil for defending their own
    property, the time has come for decisive and firm action. Unfortunately,
    President Obama is more focused on growing the base of the Democratic party
    by granting amnesty to illegal aliens than he is in defending it's legal

    The illegal immigrant problem can be linked to so many social and fiscal
    issues in this country. The Murder of Rob Krentz is just one of these
    issues. It is estimated that 460,000 illegals reside in AZ. Sanctuary cities for illegals is a great example of what needs to be corrected in all of our states. Currently 13 states allow illegal aliens to obtain a driver¹s licenses. What is that?

    A recent Rasmussen poll indicates that 70 percent of all Arizonans support
    SB 1070 and want it signed into law. Accordingly Governors & Congressman, I respectfully request that all states support SB 1070 and follow Arizona's example.

    Legal Concerned Citizens of the United States. Send this to your Statesman!

    May 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Steve from Colorado

    Ref: Winthrop

    How can you make the assumption that he was arrested just for wearing a shirt? CNN has not told the full story so do not assume what he was doing to get arrested. The new law states only when you have done something wrong can they checkyour ID. Funny thing is I get asked for my ID every time I pull my credit card out or go to the bank to withdrawl miney. Is that NAZI germenay??? Get for real !!!

    May 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
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