Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-lll) along with ten other immigration reform supporters were arrested on July 26 outside the White House for protesting against the Obama administration’s deportation of families and young people. The rally was attended by around 2500 people who were affected by the deportations.
They were protesting against the more than one million people who were deported during the Obama administration. They were speaking to people who were caught up in the deportation policy. They sat down in front of the White House with signs reading “one million deported under Obama” when they were arrested by U.S. Park Police. They will be processed and released after paying a fine.
Gutierrez who is a critic of the deportation of young people has stated that “the president says that Republicans are blocking immigration reform and he is right, but that does not get him off the hook. Everyone knows he has the power to stop deporting DREAMers and others with deep roots in the US and we think he should use it”
This is the third time Gutierrez had been arrested. He was arrested in 1990 for protesting against the bombing of Vieques, Puerto Rico and in 2010 for protesting against deportation policy.