Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D) was among 200 protesters arrested Wednesday on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, the Daily Caller reported.
Gutierrez joined members of the Service Employee’s International Union who stormed the Capitol steps demanding action by lawmakers to pass bipartisan legislation that would provide protection for the “Dreamers,” who fall under the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program.
Gutierrez tweeted a photo from the scene.
— Luis V. Gutierrez (@RepGutierrez) December 6, 2017
President Donald Trump’s administration announced in September that it would end the DACA program created by former President Barack Obama. The DACA program allows young immigrants living in the country illegally who were brought here as children to remain in the U.S. It does not give them legal status but provides temporary protection from deportation and gives them permission to legally work.
Protesters promised hundreds would be arrested during its “civil disobedience action.”
Gutierrez was one of many pledging to be arrested. He and other arrest volunteers wore green gloves and green armbands to signify their pledge, the Daily Caller reported.
The Senate and the House are in a budget stalemate and the program is caught in the middle. It could lead to a government shutdown if a spending bill is not pass by midnight Friday.
“Congress refuses to act, and it’s killing us,” one protester told the Daily Caller.
Immigration advocates are pushing Congress to act, fearing it’s the last opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to strike a deal over the contentious issue, according to AZ Central.
Was there any violence at the protest?
According to the Daily Caller, the crowd was mostly peaceful, and police did not restrain those arrested with handcuffs. A makeshift processing center held those arrested before being transported by bus to the jail.
Gutierrez announced he’s not running for his seat in the 2018, but he is considering a run for president in 2020.