Lib Rep Luis Guteirrez Arrested at Washington DC Immigration Protest
Stunner. Another lib was arrested today.
U.S. Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) is arrested outside of the White House during an Immigration reform rally in Washington, May 1, 2010. Angered by Arizona’s crackdown on illegal immigrants, Hispanic protesters took to the streets on Saturday to denounce the new law and call on Washington to act urgently on immigration reform at May Day rallies across the United States. (REUTERS//Jose Luis Magana)
Protesters in cities across the U.S. marched Saturday in opposition to Arizona’s tough new immigration law, which gives police the authority to question and detain anyone they believe may be an illegal immigrant, even if they are not suspected of committing another crime. The protest in Washington D.C. escalated into civil disobedience, with U.S. Representative Luis V. Gutierrez (D-Ill.) arrested for participating.
Gutierrez predicted his own arrest in a press release before the rally. “At the Washington event, organized by the National Capital Immigrant Coalition, peaceful acts of civil disobedience, such as blocking the sidewalk in front of the White House, are expected,” the statement read. “The Congressman plans to participate in this part of the day’s activity, which will likely lead to his arrest.”
The Los Angeles rally was the largest, with AFP reporting that police said as many as 100,000 people could turn out. A similar rally in Los Angeles in 2006 drew around a million people.