Democratic congressman and prominent member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Luis Gutierrez succeeded in getting himself arrested, again. On Tuesday, Gutierrez participated in an illegal demonstration outside of the White House in support of continuing President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).
The sit-in, organized by immigration activist group United We Dream, took place front and center outside the White House. The protest was staged on the fifth anniversary of Obama's executive action that shields hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants from deportation. The order, along with other Obama-era immigration policies, is being reviewed by the Trump administration, which has signaled that major changes are coming.
United We Dream made sure to tell the world that Gutierrez and other activists had been arrested for their unapproved demonstration, tweeting, "JUST NOW: @RepGutierrez has just been arrested in front of the White House! #DefendDACA."
The Washington Examiner notes that the arrest of Gutierrez has been confirmed by his office, which announced on Twitter that he was still in the custody of the U.S. Park Police:
United We Stand says that 25 of its activists were arrested for the demonstration. "Allies risking arrest," the group repeated in tweets.
Gutierrez is becoming quite efficient at landing himself in police custody. Back in March, another pro-illegal immigration/anti-Trump stunt in Chicago ended up playing out similarly to D.C.
Gutierrez and his fellow activists occupied an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in Chicago and refused to leave, so they were finally forced to do so by authorities, which Gutierrez has since tried to use to his political advantage, painting himself as a fearless defender of the defenseless against the cruel Trump administration.
"Whether it’s transgender kids, whether it’s a woman’s right to choose, whether it’s fifteen dollars an hour, whether it’s our environment, whether it’s a Muslim ban,” Gutierrez told CNN's Erin Burnett. "Part of being an American," he continued, was "standing up ... to unfairness and injustice."