Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez arrested during DREAM Act protest
ASSOCIATED PRESS July 27, 2011 12:30AM
Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., left, is arrested in front of the White House after performing an act of civil disobedience at a rally in support of the DREAM Act in Washington, Tuesday, July 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Updated: July 27, 2011 12:31AM
WASHINGTON — Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) was arrested Tuesday in front of the White House after performing an act of civil disobedience at a rally in support of the DREAM Act.
Rep. Gutierrez’s spokesman Douglas Rivlin says the congressman and several others sat on a sidewalk near the White House and refused to leave when ordered by police.
U.S. Park Police spokesman Sgt. David Schlosser confirmed the Democrat was one of the people arrested Tuesday. He was charged with disobeying an official order and released after paying a $100 fine.
Rivlin says Gutierrez was also arrested at the White House during a May 2010 demonstration.
Gutierrez told demonstrators that President Barack Obama can’t entirely blame Republicans for blocking immigration reform. He says Obama has the power to stop deporting immigrants with “deep roots” in the United States.