After a meeting with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez staged a sit in with lawyers, community leaders and activists joining him. This is a clear display of their first amendment right, but the law didn’t see it that way.
According to NBC, Gutierrez met with ICE officials in regards to illegal immigrants around the country and in the Chicago area. Gutierrez hoped to get information about enforcement policies and take a stand for those awaiting deportation, but instead, he got arrested.
Gutierrez and several others were arrested for refusing to leave until they got the answers they needed about how ICE operates.
A Spokesman for Gutierrez, Douglas Rivlin, had this to say about the meeting:
‘The congressman first met with the same ICE regional director in 2008 about this case, about getting a deferral from deportation. Ms. Lino came in regularly for meetings with ICE every year as a condition for her deferred deportation, and a couple of weeks ago she was told that she would need to get her bags together and has a specific date for when she is going to be deported in July. The congressman is asking that that deportation be cancelled.’
‘They were asking about specific cases and about the general conduct of ICE and deportation. 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.’
Well done, Mr. Gutierrez. More politicians should have the guts to stand up to the bullying Presidential administration and the unfair ICE practices.