Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) was arrested outside the White House Tuesday afternoon while protesting the record number of people deported from the United States since President Obama’s election.
According to his office, Gutierrez was handcuffed and taken to a police van, along with about eleven others, after refusing Park Police orders to move from the sidewalk.
He was attending a rally sponsored by CASA de Maryland and Familias Unidas to commemorate the more than one million people who have been deported since Obama’s election.
“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. “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.”
Around 2,500 participants attended the event, which included speeches by political leaders and immigrants impacted by the deportations.
“As the White House frequently brags, President Obama has now deported more people than any other president in history,” CASA de Maryland said in a statement. “While frequently blaming the lack of immigration progress on Congress, participants have identified a core set of policies that the President himself could implement to alleviate the suffering experienced in Latino and immigrant communities.”
Gutierrez’s office expected him to be released within a few hours and charged a $100 fine.
Gustavo Torres, the Executive Director of CASA de Maryland, was also arrested.
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