Illinois Congressman Ends Chicago Immigration Office Sit-in

Rep. Luis Gutierrez
In this Feb. 16, 2017 photo, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., right, who represents a majority Hispanic congressional district in Chicago, stands with Rep. Juan Vargas, D-Calif., left. The congressmen were venting their frustration after being locked out of a closed-door briefing with acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thomas Homan about recent raids and deportations of undocumented immigrants. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Rep. Luis Gutierrez
In this Feb. 16, 2017 photo, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., right, who represents a majority Hispanic congressional district in Chicago, stands with Rep. Juan Vargas, D-Calif., left. The congressmen were venting their frustration after being locked out of a closed-door briefing with acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thomas Homan about recent raids and deportations of undocumented immigrants. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Illinois Congressman Ends Chicago Immigration Office Sit-in

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez has ended a sit-in at a federal immigration office in Chicago where about a dozen activists demanded no future raids and reconsideration on a deportation case.

Gutierrez and others stayed several hours beyond Monday’s scheduled meeting with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

The Democrat has been arrested before for civil disobedience related to immigration reform, including at a 2013 rally in Washington.


Spokesman Douglas Rivlin says Gutierrez was briefly placed in handcuffs but not charged or taken into custody. An ICE spokeswoman didn’t immediately offer comment.


Among other things, Gutierrez asked immigration officials to reverse a years-old deportation decision on a Mexican immigrant in the country without legal permission. Francisca Lino is married to a U.S. citizen and four of her six children are U.S. citizens.