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Illinois congressman leads Chicago immigration office sit-in

Published: Monday, March 13, 2017 4:49 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO – U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez is leading a sit-in at a federal immigration office in Chicago, saying he and other activists won't leave until demands are met.

Among other things, the Illinois Democrat is asking immigration officials not to conduct raids and 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.

Gutierrez's office said Monday he's risking arrest. The congressman has been arrested for civil disobedience related to immigration reform before, including at a 2013 rally in Washington.

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman didn't return a request for comment.

Gutierrez says he scheduled Monday's sit-in because he was blocked last month from meeting with ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan.

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