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Rep. Luis Gutierrez Arrested During White House Immigration Reform Rally

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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.”



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20 Comments


  1. Sal Cruz

    I wish there were more Gutierrez' in this world!


  2. F. Walknik

    Thanks Luis Gutierrez for trying to make America a better place!


  3. Luis hipocrita, gracias por mostrarle tu verdadera cara a los 4 millones que vivimos en PR.

    Quieres la democracia para los inmigrantes pero no la quieres para los "tuyos".

    Luis Gutierrez persona non grata en Puerto Rico.


  4. BM

    I, for one, am proud of you…if only there were more like you taking a stand for our human rights…shame on Arizona, shame on everyone who feeds on this inhumane act and eats from the poisonous tree…


  5. chris

    thats what im talking about only 11,999,999 more to go. get these law breaking illegal immigrants out of here. they are poison to our Country.


  6. AreYouHigh

    utierrez should have been arrested long ago! Anybody that argued Healthcare Insurance Reform should cover illegal aliens isn't representing the people that elected him! The man should be charged with treason! I didn't realize what a bigot this guy is until he opened his mouth, and as a gay man I know bigots! I'm already boycotting Lollapalooza this year, and I actually don't think I have any use for a state that allows this criminal to represent them in our Democracy. I read somewhere else he expected to be "booked & released", sure sounds like an elitist that expects special treatment. If it was me or my friends it would have been an overnight vacation in the graybar hotel and as righteous protesters we'd be proud, this guy is trash! BOYCOTT CHICAGO!

    It’s soooo cute to see you far left progressive types trying to convince yourselves you’re not a sad little fringe group! Truly adorable how you run around trying to spin issues and pointing fingers at anyone who opposes you while trying to convince yourself your still part of mainstream America. Meanwhile the real Democrats are tired of your reactionary elistist propaganda and the smug little Prius that drove it here (LOL) Thousands marched but millions stayed home, MILLIONS! About 306 million if I believe the census. You don’t have America’s support, and you never will **giggles** We don’t reward criminals for the bad behavior even if they have sad stories and riot in the streets!

    As Sue Sylvester would say “sloppy freakshow babies! somewhere in the English countryside in a stately manor home Madonna is weeping…as dozens of celebrities, politicians, and d-list wannabes do permanent damage to their credibility with the American public”

    Smooches,

    Gay Urban Hipsters In Seattle Permanently Boycotting Anyone Aiding The Busload Of Harper Valley PTA Agitators Trying Oppress Arizona

    P.S. California, you’re “Don’t boycott us” but “Let’s boycott them” just put you on my permanent boycott list next to Jane Fonda and Colorado. Coachella’s been a hot mess for years, allready tossed my California wines, and cancelled my yearly trip to SF Pride Parade. I know that the six queens I caravan with in the Pace Arrow won’t be missed that much, but I’m probably not the only person sick of your Harper Valley PTA b.s.


  7. Antonio Andrade born

    THIS MAN HAS ALL MY RESPECT IN THE WORLD. IF YOU NEED MY HELP FOR ANYTHING,. I AM HERE 9 REGISTER VOTERS IN MY HOUSE I WILL NEVER SUPPORT ANYBODY RUNNING of office OUT OF AZ. I will pass this on to my kids,grand kids and so on and so on!!!!Everybody need to be like hime Luis Gutierrez is a true men !!! call me i will help anywhere in the country.


  8. mainak das

    'Civil disobedience' is the term synomymous with Gandhi. As long as he is as stubborn as Gandhi and refuses to budge to any political rhetoric, he will catch attention. Afer all, civil disobedience is something which no civilized government in history had an answer for.


  9. Marcelo Souza

    Yes We Can………….GUTIERREZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  10. Stephan

    Egon Krenz before the Strasbourg Court finally failed
    Last update: 22.03.2001 – 15:33 Straßbrug (Reuters). The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has rejected the appeal of the former GDR State Council President, Egon Krenz, East Germany and two other officers against the sentence for the shooting at the wall.

    Thus the former SED leaders in the long struggle against his punishment is failed.

    The conviction is not contrary to a four-fold by Krenz sechseinhalbjährigen prison sentence for manslaughter by the district court of Berlin against the European Convention on Human Rights, the court found. At the same time showed the judges in Strasbourg from the complaints of the former GDR Defense Minister Heinz Kessler, and his deputy Fritz Streletz and a GDR border guards who had shot a refugee in 1972 at the Berlin Wall.

    Krenz served his sentence for a good year in an open prison in Berlin’s Prison in Berlin. With a clearance of 64 – year-old said on Thursday: “I got a verdict, but not a right.” The political weight of the Federal Republic in Europe was in court have been stronger than the human rights convention. The mother of the victim’s last wall, Karin Gueffroy said, however: “What’s a relief.” Their son Chris was killed in February 1989 in the Wall on the run in the West.

    The court in Strasbourg ruled that it was legitimate for a law “against persons who were guilty of crimes under a former regime to initiate criminal prosecutions.” The judgments of the German courts had their basis in the time of the crime force GDR law. (Reference: 34044/96, 35532/97, 44801/98 and 37201/97)

    Kessler and Streletz had been convicted by the District Court of Berlin in 1993 to seven and five and a half in prison. The Wall shooter received a suspended sentence of one year and nine months. The sentences were confirmed by Federal Court and Federal Constitutional Court. The four complainants had claimed their actions were justified under GDR law. Therefore, the judgments were contrary to the prohibition of retroactive punishment.

    In the words of Chief Justice Luzius Wildhaber, the protection of human life as the highest legal interest not only in the international human rights agreements is guaranteed, but was also in the GDR’s Constitution and the people enshrined in the border police and law. protect the state practice of the GDR – that the firing order with the aim of the border “at all costs – in exchange for these principles have the DDR-law violation and was not justified for the protection of the GDR in front of a massive emigration of its own people.

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    Krenz, Kessler and Streletz would have the contradiction between DDR-laws and state practice are largely itself to blame, said the judges who judged unanimously that the SED functionaries. They would have in shaping the regime itself, or at least contributed to the commands for border security. The international obligations of the GDR and the international criticism of the border regime was aware of them.

    But even simple soldiers were allowed in the words of the judge not “rely blindly on orders,” which went blatantly against the principles of the GDR and internationally protected human rights, said a second opinion which was passed by 14 votes to 3. Although the border guards had been due to the political situation in a “particularly difficult situation.” However, “such orders can not serve as justification for the killing of unarmed people who wanted nothing more than to leave the country.”

    Cathedral bellsr sacrifice of the last Wall: Judgement is fair

    The mother of the victim’s last wall, Karin Gueffroy, has expressed satisfaction with the verdict to the former head of state and party leader Egon Krenz. “I am a stone falls from the heart, that the European judges have rejected the claim by Egon Krenz,” said Gueffroy.

    Krenz had flagrantly violated the human rights, therefore, his conviction was only fair. “Krenz has understood nothing,” said the 57-year-old. Their son Chris was shot in February 1989 of the attempted escape to the west of GDR border guards. Krenz was convicted because of this case.


  11. Joe Perez

    Chris: You are an idiot!!! Puerto Ricans are U.S. Citizens, not illegal immigrants. Go back to school!!!


  12. Franz

    America need immigrants,specially illegal more of the legal!!! If the "aliens" leave your country the economy will have lots of problems,nobody will work in restaurants,busser,dishwasher ,in farm,then I WANT SEE WHAT ALL THOSE RACIST HAVE TO SAY!!!That is a country of immigrants,since before the only real american where indian.Obama must do something faster,people is tired of waiting!!Get it?


  13. rhydderch

    I think the argument for amnesty is a good one however what do we do in say 20 years when we are having this exact same discussion? Lets say we grant amnesty to the 12 million here with the usual bells and whistles about tighten border security, stabilizing the latin american economy, yadda yadda (you know the conversation we had in 1986?) then low and behold in 2030 what do you know, we have 20 million illegals in the country living in the shadows yet again. Any American who says "send them back" will again be deemed racist and hating brown people…you get my drift? Illegal immigration is a systemic problem that is never going to go away. Do the proponents of amnesty simply want the US to have an open border?


  14. Don Watson

    My advise, If there is another country whose flag you want to wave, Please feel free to move there. Peoples from many lands have moved here and became Americans not Polish Americans, Russian Americans but "Americans" and they are and have been welcomed. If you don't like America then leave; you're free to do that if you're not on a "do not fly" list. Good bye!


  15. mx1

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    December 2008

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    December 2007

    A gunman kills eight people and wounds five at a shopping mall in Omaha, Nebraska, before killing himself.

    April 2007

    Cho Seung-hui kills 32 people and wounds many more at the Virginia Tech college in Blacksburg, Virginia, in two separate incidents on the same day. Cho had been diagnosed with a severe anxiety disorder.

    March 2005

    Jeff Weise, a student at Red Lake high school in Minnesota kills five students, a teacher, a security guard, and then himself. Before school, he had shot dead his grandfather and grandfather's companion.

    April 1999

    Two students at Columbine high school in Littleton, Colorado, kill 12 students and a teacher before killing themselves.

    October 1991

    George Hennard drives his pickup truck to Luby's cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, then shoots dead 23 people before killing himself.

    August 1986

    A former employee enters a post office in Oklahoma and shoots dead 14 workers before killing himself.

    July 1984

    Twenty-one people are killed when a 41-year-old man opens fire at a McDonald's restaurant in San Diego. He is shot by police.

    February 1983

    Three men shoot dead 14 people in the Wah Mee club in Seattle's Chinatown.

    August 1966

    Charles Whitman, a former marine, holes up in the clock tower at the University of Texas campus in Austin, where he had studied. He kills 15 people and wounds another 32 before being shot dead by police AND WE TALK ABOUT MEXICANS


  16. Caldawg

    Thanks for the photo. I'll file it in the same folder as the Manuel Noriega mug shot, Saddam Hussein after capture and that Al Quaeda guy who was woken up and had his pic snapped.

    I'm not saying Luis is in the same category as Manny & Saddam as I don't state the painfully obvious. ;-)


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