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Ill. Congressman Luis Gutierrez arrested again outside White House during protest

Luis Gutierrez (l), as US Representative of Illinois, is arrested in front of the White House after performing an act of civil disobedience at a rally in support of the DREAM Act, Washington, DC, on texture, partial graphic AP Photo, file

Ill. Congressman Luis Gutierrez arrested again outside White House during protest
Luis Gutierrez is arrested in front of the White House after performing an act of civil disobedience at a rally
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(CBS/WBBM/AP) WASHINGTON - Rep. Luis Gutierrez has been arrested outside the White House while protesting U.S. immigration policies.

Gutierrez's spokesman Douglas Rivlin says the Illinois congressman and several others sat on a sidewalk near the White House.

According to CBS affiliate WBBM, U.S. Park Police gave them three warnings to leave and, when they refused, they were put in plastic handcuffs and taken into custody.

U.S. Park Police spokesman Sgt. David Schlosser confirmed the Democrat was one of the people arrested Tuesday. WBBM reports that he was charged with disobeying an official order and released after paying a $100 fine.

Rivlin says Gutierrez was also arrested at the White House during a May 2010 demonstration.

Gutierrez told demonstrators President Barack Obama can't entirely blame Republicans for blocking immigration reform.

He says Obama has the power to stop deporting immigrants with "deep roots" in the United States.

  • Edecio Martinez

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