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. someguy

    On a separate note, bear in mind that immigrating illegally into the United States is far more difficult physically and mentally than immigrating legally. Legal immigration now is a matter of filling out a bunch of forms to make the quota, conducting interviews, etc., whereas illegal immigration involves a desert run, squalid conditions, and a relatively high risk of death.

    Illegal immigration is illegal, yes, but those trying to mention how much more physically tasking it is (or was, during the Ellis and Angel Island eras) to enter the United States are misinformed.

    May 1, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Get the facts

      Some guy
      I guess you need to read up on the history of immigration. !! Because it is clear u speak right out of your ass – and have no foundation on it .
      Ok pull tge desert card – go ahead – far cry to what some had to endure to do it legally !

      May 1, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. GMAN26

    Good! He should be arrested. He's a total Puke! He's certainly no American. Get rid of him too.

    May 1, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mexican medical student


    May 1, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Get Real

    I find it very funny all these people in this thread saying basically if you are a mexican you should be willing to give your papers at any time to the police.

    Ignorance knows no bounds. How many of you would like it if you got stopped at any time because the police didn't like your looks and asked you for papers to prove you are a US citizen. I am not talking about a Drivers License or State ID as they can be faked but federal government issued papers like immigrants have to carry. Every one of you would be up in arms complaining that the law is unconstitutional and calling for the heads of the politicians that enacted it. But since it is those bad Mexicans it's an ok law. :p

    Governments like Communist Russia and the former eastern block countries required the same thing Arizona has enacted. Nice to know the Republicans in Arizona are taking things from the Communist playbook. It says a lot about the party.

    May 1, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • That Dude

      Uhh, black people deal with that all the time... hahaha. But that's not what this law ALLOWS anyone to do.

      May 19, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. someguy

    correction to my second comment: taxing*, not tasking

    May 1, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. CCRox

    Kudos to Rep. Guttierez. The original law proposed in Arizona was nothing but legalizing racial profiling.

    May 1, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Steve

    Business likes the cheap labor & congress wants their votes. It is time for the average American to lock the doors.

    May 1, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. quique

    We just need more people like Luis with enough guts to do what ever it takes to make his point. VIVA Luis Gutierrez

    May 1, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MsBravo

    Thanks congressman! we protest not because we are afraid but for human rights and dignity of all people! way to go we stand with you 100%

    May 1, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Erica

    I say, good on you Congressman Guiterrez. I am from Illinois (and before people start the accusations, I'm NOT illegal, even though I am a Jew and thus see myself also as a minority), and it's nice to see for a change that people are getting out there and having their voices heard. It's about time people in this country wake up and start voicing their opinions. The fact that Guiterrez was arrested is discouraging because this is against Freedom of Speech promised to us in our constitution, and also, when some people see protesters being arrested, this discourages them from protesting themselves, and scares them because of "the big guys".

    As you can tell, I've been following this story closely, and even though I am anti-illegal immigrant, I do not think this sort of racial profiling is acceptable. Did the lawmakers in AZ forget about something called the Holocaust, in which 6 million Jews were profiled similarly and killed just for being Jewish? In my opinion, this is the same sort of deal, even if this does not result in killing the illegals. This was not acceptable during the Nuremberg Trials, and should not be acceptable now, in the 21st century. I am disappointed that some people have clearly not learned anything from past events. And, I am also tired of people saying that if we don't like it here in America, we can leave it. Sure, this option is open to some people who are dual citizens, but it's not that easy, and those who have only a US passport would then be illegals themselves. This is a paradox.

    Hopefully the laws in AZ will be overturned and none of the other states will allow such a law to become reality in their states.

    May 1, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. James

    I appreciate anyone wanting to come to the United States for a better life. But we have laws in this country, as does practically every other nation in the world, and those laws must be abided by. So my question to every illegal immigrant, Hispanic or otherwise, is this: What gave you the right–and the gall–to so flagrantly break the laws of this nation and then expect that you'd be welcome with open arms and diligently cared for? Please, by all means, come to this amazing country to live, love, and prosper. But do it legally. Otherwise, you're simply a criminal and should face the same consequences as the rest of us.

    May 1, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mr Orlop

    Why are our representatives not worried about the true minority in the United States, the American taxpayer. We are at a point now where less than 50 percent of the public pay income taxes. Yet they get to subsidize anyone feels like wandering into this country for a better life or those who are just plain lazy. I would like a better life by not having to pay for their better life or laziness. Why don't illegal immigrants fix their home country if things are so bad instead of taking the easy way out and becoming a burden on the rest of us?

    May 1, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Erin

    Helloooo CNN... how about telling us WHY he was arrested. That is kind of an important part of this story. He must have been breaking a law of some sort. Or are you trying to get us to feel sorry for him and his family/friends?

    May 1, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. carlos

    so much ignorance on these posts.......really frightening

    May 1, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bill

    Remember what all the right wing nuts were screaming a few years ago about the Patriot Act? "If you have nothing t hide you shouldn't worry." If illegals have nothing to hide, why complain?

    It's not hard to find an illegal regardless of skin color. If the have no drivers license and speak little if any English, they are suspect. Cops SHOULD check them out more. If I had no license or insurance (which most illegals don't) I'd be charged without question. Why should illegals be treated any different?

    May 1, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
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