On Tuesday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) was arrested in front of the White House while protesting the deportation of illegal immigrants, according to spokesman Douglas Rivkin.
Reuters reported that the outspoken 10-term congressman was arrested with a dozen other immigration protesters who sat down in front of the White House.
According to Reuters:
The arrests came after U.S. Park Police warned the protesters twice. They were put in plastic handcuffs and taken to a waiting van, Rivlin said.
The arrested were part of a larger protest by groups which say that under President Barack Obama’s watch, more people have been deported than under any other president.
Joe Schoffstall writes at MRCTV that Gutierrez “sat in front of a sign that read “Stop Separating Our Families” with a line of protesters”
MRCTV caught up with Gutierrez before he was arrested in which he said, “I think (President Obama) should use the broad discretionary power that the laws have conferred upon him and make decisions, smart decisions” in regards to deportation. The arrest occurred around 4:40 pm.
“The President says Republicans are blocking immigration reform and he’s right, but it doesn’t get him off the hook,” Gutierrez said in a statement Reuters reported was released by one of the protest groups after his arrest.
“Everyone knows he has the power to stop deporting DREAMers and others with deep roots in the U.S. and we think he should use it,” he added.
On June 30, Gutierrez demanded the President bypass Congress and act like a dictator on the issue of illegal immigration and deportation:
“Take the executive action today,” he screamed, according to a video posted at The Blaze.
“Don’t wait for the Senate, don’t wait for the House, don’t wait for the Republicans and the Democrats to get together,” he demanded, gesturing like a wild rabble-rousing revolutionary calling for Obama to bypass Congress and the will of the American people.
“Sign the executive order today and stop the deportation of all young people,” he demanded to cheers.
Tuesday afternoon’s arrest is not the first for Gutierrez.
Tiffany Gabbay writes at The Blaze that the Illinois Democrat was arrested in 2000 with Puerto Rican national Lolita Lebron.
Lebron, Gabbay writes, “spent 25 years in prison for a shooting attack on the U.S. Congress nearly a half-century ago — during a supposedly “nonviolent” resistance against the federal government.”
Gabbay quotes The Nation regarding Gutierrez’ 2000 run-in with the law:
Forty-six years after Lolita Lebrón and fellow Puerto Rican nationalists shot up the House of Representatives, wounding five members in a desperate act of defiance, Lebrón, along with Puerto Rican members of Congress Luis Gutiérrez and Nydia Velázquez, were arrested for an act of nonviolent resistance against the federal government. On May 4, 300 US Marshals and FBI agents cleared about 200 demonstrators from a Navy bombing range on the embattled island of Vieques. “Puerto Rico has been invaded again,” said New York City Councilman José Rivera as he was led away. For Puerto Ricans on the island and the mainland, this was just another display of nineteenth-century gunboat diplomacy.
Gutierrez was arrested again in 2010 for protesting in front of the White House after he reportedly disobeyed police orders to move.
So is Rep. Gutierrez perhaps engaging in Saul Alinsky’s tactics of civil disobedience to achieve his goals?
Given this congressman’s penchant for violating the law, one has to wonder why he is still in office.
Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit, observing that Oregon Democrat David Wu announced his resignation Tuesday after being “accused of having unwanted sex with a teen daughter of a close friend,” wrote: “It was another proud day in Democrat history.”
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