Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois was one of the 200 protesters arrested on the steps of the United States Capitol Wednesday afternoon.
The sitting member of Congress joined members of the Service Employee’s International Union (SEIU) as they stormed the steps of Congress to demanded action on DACA. Both chambers currently are considering a bipartisan measure to replace the order that allowed temporary protected status to illegal residents nationwide.
“Congress refuses to act, and it’s killing us,” one protester told The Daily Caller News Foundation. Union leaders on the ground declined a request for comment for the story.
The group promised as many as 200 individuals would be arrested in a “civil disobedience action.” Those who pledged ahead of time to volunteer for arrest wore green gloves and green armbands and were ushered to the front of the line.
Capitol Police appeared unprepared for such a huge number of arrests but the force was quickly able to adapt, surrounding the protesters before giving the customary three warnings to disperse before legal action would be taken. Those who opted for arrest were taken to a makeshift processing center near the Capitol visitor center before they were ultimately loaded up in buses. Neither handcuffs nor flexible restraints were used on the somewhat peaceful crowd.
Guttierrez announced he would not run for his seat in the 2018 mid-term cycle in favor of testing the waters of a potential 2020 presidential election against presumed Republican candidate President Donald Trump.
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