Representative Luis Gutierrez handcuffed by federal police at ICE headquarters

Representative Luis Gutierrez was handcuffed after refusing to leave a meeting with ICE officials on Monday afternoon

  • Gutierrez led the sit-in that began after a 10:00 am meeting

  • Gutierrez was briefly handcuffed and threatened with arrest for refusing to leave

  • In February Gutierrez was barred from entering a meeting with ICE Director Thomas Homan

Illinois Representative Luis Gutierrez was temporarily detained by federal police on Monday after he refused to leave a meeting with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. Gutierrez planned on staying at the agency’s office until some demands were met.

The sit-in began after a 10:00 am meeting with advocates, attorneys, community leaders and other local elected officials. Gutierrez was asking questions about specific cases and not receiving any answers.

Seven others stayed behind with Gutierrez and tweeted out pictures from his account, one of which said, “I was arrested, cuffed then cuffs were cut off. Waiting for further word on if/when we will be arrested.”

Gutierrez later tweeted out, “The DHS Police are still outside, but so far they have not come back to arrest us at the sit-in. #chiresist #twill.”

Gutierrez Barred from ICE Meeting in February

Gutierrez is not new to this fight. In February he was among a group of Hispanic members of Congress that were barred from a meeting with an immigration enforcement official.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus was scheduled to meet with Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan to discuss Trump’s controversial executive order regarding deportation.

The meeting was canceled at the last minute and rescheduled. Gutierrez claimed the rescheduled meeting was switched to an invitation only Republican-led affair. Gutierrez was asked to leave by an aide for House Speaker Paul Ryan. Several other member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus were also asked to leave.

Gutierrez stood his ground on Monday because he believes that the Trump administration is targeting the wrong people. Instead of punishing illegal immigrants, Gutierrez claims the DREAMers are taking many hits.

DREAMers are immigrants that were brought here as children, yet are technically here without papers and face deportation under the Trump administration, regardless of how long they have lived in America

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