Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez was briefly handcuffed after refusing to leave a meeting with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in Chicago, saying he planned to risk arrest by staying at the agency's office in The Loop until demands are met. The Democratic congressman led a sit-in following a meeting that began around 10 a.m. Monday with a delegation of activists that included about 22 advocates, attorneys, community leaders and other local elected officials, according to Gutierrez's spokesman Douglas Rivlin. "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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"The congressman said this is reprehensible that immigrants are being treated this way, that the rules are changed without any information or notice, that low priorities for deportation are being removed from the country and the congressman wants to get answers from the staff here, and he has not been getting any answers,"

Gutierrez was among a group of Hispanic congressmen barred from a meeting with a top federal immigration enforcement official in February.

According to Gutierrez, members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus were scheduled to speak with the acting director of ICE on Feb. 14 in a meeting the congressman said was abruptly canceled and rescheduled for two days later.

At that point, Gutierrez said it was transformed into an invitation-only affair, and he was asked to leave by an aide to House Speaker Paul Ryan.

"In 20-plus years, I have never heard of the Republicans controlling what meetings Democrats can have with officials of the Executive Branch and never had a staffer ask me to leave a meeting to which I am entitled to attend," Gutierrez said in a statement following the incident.

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Every gov't dept is a private fiefdom run by a tyrant. Part of the problem is that there is no accountability in a political vacuum.

They answer to no one.

#1 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-03-14 12:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Make America Fascist Again

#2 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-03-14 06:37 PM | Reply

I wonder if this congressmen works this hard for citizens in his district?

#3 | Posted by Prolix247 at 2017-03-14 07:41 PM | Reply

"I wonder if this congressmen works this hard for citizens in his district?" wonders if the person that posted this beats his wife. Old trick to tarnish someone without facts to back it up.

#4 | Posted by THomewood at 2017-03-15 04:42 AM | Reply

I would have jailed him.

#5 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-03-15 06:02 AM | Reply

"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."

So basically he knew he was going to be arrested and this was publicity stunt. He's turning the handle and now the monkeys are supposed to dance. Pass.

#6 | Posted by Sully at 2017-03-15 09:40 AM | Reply

"The congressman said this is reprehensible that immigrants are being treated this way, that the rules are changed without any information or notice, that low priorities for deportation are being removed from the country and the congressman wants to get answers from the staff here, and he has not been getting any answers,"

They could always go back. This is like somebody breaking into a house and then bitching about the hospitality of the home owner. Should have just shot them at the door.

#7 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2017-03-15 12:14 PM | Reply

#4 - I suppose you belive the answer is No so you had to deflect.

#8 | Posted by Prolix247 at 2017-03-15 07:10 PM | Reply

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