The House Ethics Committee announced Friday that it will not pursue an investigation against Rep. Luis Gutierrez for his recent arrest protesting in front of the White House.
U.S. Park Police officers arrested the Illinois Democrat, along with 10 other protesters, on July 26 when he failed to comply with warnings to remain in motion at a White House protest.
“The Committee considered the scope and nature of the conduct of Representative Gutierrez and determined that review by an investigative subcommittee is not required in this matter,” according to a committee release. “Representative Gutierrez paid a $100 fine and was released following his arrest. The local proceedings related to Representative Gutierrez’ arrest are now resolved.”
Gutierrez and others want President Barack Obama to use his executive authority to stop the deportation of illegal immigrants, particularly those who could be affected by the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to some undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as children and who attend college or serve in the military.
From left, Lisa Peng, daughter of Peng Ming, Grace Ge Geng, daughter of Gao Zhisheng, and Ti-Anna Wang, daughter of Wang Bingzhang, hold pictures of their imprisoned fathers during a House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building titled “Their Daughters Appeal to Beijing: ‘Let Our Fathers Go!’”
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