WATCH: Rep. Luis Gutierrez Arrested for Protesting Deportations
07/28/2011 - 09:43 ||
Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill) was arrested earlier this week for protesting in front of the White House. It must have felt like dejavu for the Chicago, Illinois rep.—he's been arrested twice before, first in in the mid-1990s for protesting the bombing of Vieques, Puerto Rico, and again just last year for speaking up against Obama's deportation record.
This week, he was cuffed after protesting in front of the White House under a banner than read "One million deported under President Obama." The protest occured after a rally against deportations attended by hundreds of Latino advocates and immigration reform supporters.
"These are people who are afraid of the police every day, watching their leaders get arrested and speak truth to power," Adam Luna, political director for advocacy group America's Voice, told the Huffington Post. "You were seeing people with their hands over their hearts, just listening intently. It was a really big deal to them."
Watch Rep. Guttierez explain what he wants President Obama to do to stop deportations and his subsequent arrest in the video below: