The issues faced by the citizens of Illinois are going overlooked while one of their top Democrats is arrested on unrelated matters.
US Representative Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), was arrested by US Park Police, while protesting outside of the White House, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
Arrests were made on 30 other protesters alongside him. They had gathered to acknowledge the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA), a key piece of Obama administration legislation, and protested in defense of it.
Moments before he was arrested, Gutiérrez told reporters, “The same values that I inculcated in my daughters, that my wife and I raised them, [Dreamers] are an example and exemplify them. Their dreams are just like my kids’ dreams.”
Unless President Trump ends the program, 10 states intend to bring suit against the government over DACA. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was among the state attorney generals in this coalition, Fox News reports.
Paxton argued in a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the program allows undocumented immigrants to claim work authorization and lawful presence, although the program was never even authorized by Congress. The coalition is not calling for those roughly one million already covered by DACA to lose their permits, just for the program to be phased out in the future.
This same coalition of states was successful in having a similar Obama-era memo, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), struck down in court.
For his part, Rep. Gutiérrez seems unaware of the counter-arguments to the DACA program. Perhaps intentionally, he misleads the public on the reasoning against the program, arguing the government wants to stop handing out DACA benefits for “for no good reason.”
Gutiérrez has been arrested multiple times while protesting for various undocumented immigrant programs and legislation. According to the NBC Chicago 5, Gutiérrez was once even briefly handcuffed for refusing to leave his meeting with ICE officials, saying he would not leave until he got the answers he was looking for.
Gutiérrez also tried to intervene in specific undocumented immigrants’ cases, asking that their order for deportation be deferred. Gutiérrez believes those around him should get special treatment in other ways, including his wife, who he has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars from his own campaign funds. He has paid his daughters smaller amounts from those same funds.
Judging by his twitter feed and constant undocumented immigrant activism, most of the work Gutiérrez does for his Illinois constituents is to shame them into supporting his goals of giving American citizenship to unlawful immigrants. He continually refuses to acknowledge that these individuals have committed a criminal act by crossing the border illegally.
It’s possible Gutiérrez is only involved in politics to push forth a single, personal issue, rather than to address the many real problems facing the State of Illinois. No doubt the man will continue to be arrested on the public dime, all while ignoring the rising crime affecting Illinois, choosing instead to harbor and support undocumented immigrants and the violent criminals in their ranks.
Simply put, Gutiérrez is not representing all of the people in his congressional district.