During a protest outside Trump Tower Tuesday, three House Democrats were arrested. Luis Gutierrez (Ill.), Adriano Espaillat (N.Y.), and Raul Grijalva (Ariz.) were escorted downtown and processed after refusing to move from their positions at the political sit-in as an objection to President Donald Trump’s halting of the 2012 DACA policy, which allows illegal aliens born after June 15, 1981 to remain in the country.
According to New York’s ABC7, thirty-four people were taken into custody over the course of two consecutive demonstrations at the 56th and 57th Street intersections of Fifth Avenue. Rather than fingerprinting those apprehended for blocking traffic while shouting, “Undocumented! Unafraid!” police announced that they would require only names and dates of birth.
A spokeswoman for Espaillat—who came to the U.S. legally when he was 20 years old—said the Dominican Republic native “stood up for immigrant youth to say loud and clear—unequivocally, that he dedicates his work in Congress to protecting immigrants, immigrant families, and their future in America.”
Representative Gutierrez—who, according to The Hill, has been taken into police custody at least four other times at various illegal alien rallies—released a statement pledging his allegiance not to his duty as a lawmaker, but rather, to those in the country unlawfully:
“We’re taking the necessary steps to make it clear to President Trump, the Republicans and the Democrats that we will continue this peaceful fight for DREAMers and immigrants as long as it takes to enact legislation and put DREAMers in a safe place.”
Of course, neither statement clarified that they are in fact fighting for illegal immigration, not merely “immigration.”
This is the new cause celebre—and new pitiful low—of the Democratic Party.
Perhaps politicians who were voted into office to make laws should consider encouraging and participating in the practice of following them.