Three Democratic Congressmen were among at least ten people arrested at a "sit-in" protest for immigrant rights outside New York's Trump Tower.
The President was busy meeting with world leaders at the United Nations, and wasn't around to witness Reps. Luis Gutierrez (IL), Adriano Espaillat (NY), and Raul Grijalva (AZ) being led away in handcuffs after sitting down to block Fifth Avenue right outside Trump's New York residence.
The Congressmen were there as part of a nationwide protest effort designed to pressure Democratic legislators who have committed to working with President Trump on a bipartisan immigration reform deal, to instead insist on a "clean DACA" act — a bill that would legalize the nearly 800,000 children of illegal immigrants residing inside the United States' borders, without compromise, and certainly without an increase in border security.
Guiterrez has often said he wishes Democrats would go further than that, and has proposed legislation granting amnesty to all 11 million or so undocumented migrants inside the U.S. Needless to say, that bill hasn't gone anywhere, as neither Republicans nor Democrats find such a measure at all appealing.
Clearly anticipating an arrest, Guiterrez had a spokesperson ready with a statement after he'd been lead away.
"We're taking the necessary steps to make it clear to President Trump, the Republicans and the Democrats that we will continue this peaceful fight for DREAMers and immigrants as long as it takes to enact legislation and put DREAMers in a safe place," the statement read. "A few Congressmen and elected-officials gathering in front of Trump Tower doesn't mean much if it is not backed up by the grassroots and allies and today we are standing with diverse allies to make sure Congress and the President do more than just talk about solutions, they actually follow through with action."
The group leading the protest, Make The Road NY, grabbed plenty of photos.
Rep. Guiterrez is, of course, a notorious headline-grabber; he already made waves this month by accusing White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly of being a "disgrace" to his armed services uniform for opposing DACA. Getting arrested is also fairly routine for Guiterrez; it's only been about six months since his last stint in jail.
But it is interesting to note that on this occasion, Guiterrez and his colleagues are targeting fellow Democrats, like Nancy Pelosi, who was surrounded yesterday at a press conference and shouted down — also by DACA protesters.
It's not a conicdence. According to reports, these "pro-immigrant" protests are part of a renewed push from notorious progressive George Soros. His "grassroots activist" organization, Individual, received a fresh round of funding this month, and is partnering with the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and United We Dream (UWD), both open borders advocacy non-profits, to actively pressure Congressional Democrats to oppose any deal their leaders strike with the President.
Specifically, Indivisible, NILC, and UWD want Democrats to demand an end to talk of a border wall, and refuse to accept any increase in border security, even as part of a package deal to grant DACA amnesty. They also oppose a federal version of "Kate's Law," named for San Francisco murder victim Kate Steinle, which would place harsher penalties on criminal illegal aliens.
NILC and UWD, unsurprisingly, are projects funded by the Soros-backed Open Society Foundation. Indivisible's board of directors and senior management come mainly from Open Society's ranks.