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U.S. rep. arrested at immigration protest

July 27, 2011 at 9:25 AM
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WASHINGTON, July 27 (UPI) -- Rep. Luis Gutierrez was arrested during a protest against deportation of illegal immigrants outside of the White House, the congressman's office confirmed.

Gutierrez spokesman Douglas Rivlin said the congressman was arrested with other immigration reform advocates Tuesday after a rally in Lafayette Square, The Hill reported.

Eleven people were arrested for "violating regulations for demonstrations in front of the White House" and for "disobeying an official to come in compliance," said Sgt. David Schlosser, public information officer for the U.S. Park Police.

Rivlin said the protesters were arrested after they sat down in front of a White House fence and refused to leave. They were handcuffed and transported to Park Police headquarters, the spokesman said.

Gutierrez, D-Ill., was arrested in May 2010 during a similar demonstration and paid a $100 fine.

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