Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) has been arrested AGAIN for protesting Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Chicago. This is not his árst run-in with the law – in 2011, he was arrested for protesting deportations by President Obama. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) was handcuffed by federal police Monday after refusing to leave an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ofáce in Chicago.
Gutierrez, a staunch advocate of immigration reform, was at a meeting between ICE ofácials and immigration lawyers, activists, community leaders and other elected ofácials, NBC Chicago reported. “They were asking about speciác cases and about the general conduct of ICE and deportations,” said Gutierrez’s director of communications, Doug Rivlin. Gutierrez refused to leave the ofáce after the meeting and was brieây handcuffed. “The congressman has decided that he did not get the answers he was looking for from the ICE regional director and he’s going to be staying inside until he gets answers, even if that means risking arrest,” said Rivlin, according to NBC. In a tweet after his release, Gutierrez said he did not know if he was going to be formally arrested over the incident.
“I was arrested, cuffed then cuffs were cut off. Waiting for further word on if/when we will be arrested,” Gutierrez said on Twitter.
Seven other people who attended the meeting also refused to leave, according to NBC. Gutierrez has been arrested for protesting before. In 2011, he was arrested outside the White House protesting deportations by the Obama administration.