According to thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com: “Representative Luis V. Gutierrez, a Democrat from Illinois who has become a perennial thorn on immigration for President Obama, was arrested Tuesday afternoon along with about a dozen activists in a protest outside the White House.”
This is the second time the Representative Gutierrez has been arrested for a peaceful protest. The President needs to do more than give lip service to immigration reform if he is to have any advantage over the Republicans for the Latino vote in the upcoming election. Other than that, his only advantage will be if the Republican candidate shoots him/herself in the foot by taking an aggressive anti-immigration stance. If the past is any indication, such rhetoric rarely ends well for candidates who go that route. Realistically however, there is not much chance of any great immigration overhaul until 2013 at the earliest.
When serious immigration reform occurs, and it will have to at some point, the figures who will stand out as having made the biggest contribution will be the late Senator Kennedy and Representative Gutierrez.