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Congressman arrested during deportation protest

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Democratic US congressman Luis Gutierrez was arrested in front of the White House while protesting the deportation of illegal immigrants, a spokesman said.

Gutierrez was later released and made it back to the House of Representatives in time for the final vote of the day after paying a $100 (£60) fine, said Douglas Rivlin.

The 10th-term Illinois congressman has long worked on immigration issues, taking a prominent role in pushing the Dream Act, which would give a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants brought to the US as children. The measure has so far failed to pass Congress.

Gutierrez and about a dozen other protesters were arrested after sitting down in front of the White House, in an area where people are supposed to keep moving.

The arrests were part of a larger protest y groups that say more people have been deported under Barack Obama's watch than under any other president.

 

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Source: guardian.co.uk


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