Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez had to be handcuffed and led out after he refused to leave a meeting with ICE officials in Chicago, all the while saying the he refused to leave until his “demands were met”.
Gutierrez showed up to a scheduled meeting with ICE officials with a slew of activists and lawyers that he had actually brought into the office with him.
“They were asking about specific cases and about the general conduct of ICE and deportations,” Rivlin said at a news conference Monday afternoon. “The congressman has decided that he did not get the answers he was looking for from the ICE regional director and he’s going to be staying inside until he gets answers, even if that means risking arrest.”
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Seven others from the meeting refused to leave alongside Gutierrez, who tweeted that he “was arrested, cuffed then cuffs were cut off” around 1:30 p.m. “Waiting for further word on if/when we will be arrested.”
Specific immigration cases discussed in the meeting included the pending deportations of Army veteran Miguel Perez Jr., according to Rivlin, as well as Francisca Lino, whose husband and four of her six children are U.S. citizens.
“The congressman first met with the same ICE regional director in 2008 about this case, about getting a deferral from deportation,” Rivlin said. “Ms. Lino came in regularly for meetings with ICE every year as a condition for her deferred deportation, and a couple of weeks ago she was told that she would need to get her bags together and has a specific date for when she is going to be deported in July. The congressman is asking that that deportation be canceled.”