Illinois Rep. Gutierrez Arrested at Deportation Protest

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Democratic Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez and a dozen other activists from immigration and faith groups were arrested Tuesday outside the White House after engaging in acts of civil disobedience in protest of the 1 million deportations of undocumented immigrants that have been carried out under the Obama administration, reports Univision.

Gutierrez and the others were arrested after they sat down and refused police orders to leave the vicinity. The congressman, a longtime advocate of immigration reform, was also arrested in May 2010 during a similar demonstration.

After President Obama spoke at the National Council of La Raza's conference in Washington on Monday, Gutierrez criticized his administration for not doing more to pass the DREAM Act, which would provide a path to legalization for qualifying undocumented students.