He said he’d sit on the White House fence with other May Day immigration reform protesters until he was arrested or comprehensive immigration was signed. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) was arrested for a planned act of civil disobedience with dozens of other protesters.
The Illinois congressman, the son of Puerto Rico-born parents, kept chanting “Si se puede” (Yes, it is possible) while linking arms with a group outside of the White House. It is reported that he did not comply with police warnings to move, which led to the arrest.
Rep. Gutierrez has been in Congress since 1992 and is an outspoken opponent of Puerto Rico receiving statehood.
At the time of his arrest, Gutierrez was wearing a tee shirt that read, “Arrest me, not my friends.”