Congressman Sought Answers From ICE, Instead He Was Handcuffed

Cheryl Sanders
March 14, 2017

Following the meeting, he and 22 advocated, attorneys and group leaders participated in a sit-in.

Luis Gutierrez visited the regional offices of U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement in Chicago for a meeting to discuss Trump administration's recent crackdown on deportations. "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".

Gutierrez, pictured with the seven other individuals who joined him in the sit-in, was not charged with any crime and was released.

Federal Protection Service officers gave the protesters three warnings before placing them in handcuffs.

IL representative Luis Gutierrez was briefly handcuffed by ICE officials after refusing to leave a meeting.

To Gutierrez, though, ICE has its eyes set on the wrong targets.

Gutierrez, a Democrat who has for years been an outspoken advocate for the legalization of illegal immigrants, chose to turn the meeting into a protest while flanked by a delegation of activists.

Gutierrez was seeking answers about "specific cases and ICE's general conduct" along with how the agency planned to enforce immigration laws on whether it would target the young undocumented immigrants living in the US under Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.

The spokesman said: 'They were briefly placed in flexible plastic restraints before ICE officials relayed that they no longer wanted the individuals removed from the building'.

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