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New Discoveries on The Arrest of Jesus Gutierrez
by Ronald Cruz
Friday May 8th, 2009 7:56 PM
Since the arrest Jesus Gutierrez we have discovered that the university's role in the arrest of Jesus Gutierrez is even worse than we first suspected -- the UCPD basically deputized themselves as ICE agents and acted in their place. The UCPD received information alleging that Jesus was using false papers to work at UC-Berkeley, and they took it upon themselves to arrest Jesus and charge him with identity fraud. They then called ICE. Jesus is suspected of no crime save for allegedly working using false identification. He is now currently charged with felony identity fraud, a charge that is reserved for people who use ID information to steal money. He has basically been charged as a felon by UCPD simply because they suspect he is undocumented. This is precisely what the walkouts and marches in spring 2006 rejected in defeating HR 4437. UC-Berkeley is treating its own workers as felons.


Jesus is now currently in ICE custody, for ICE has now put a hold on him as he sits in Santa Rita Jail.

There is a strong likelihood this is an effort by UC-Berkeley to intimidate organized labor. Jesus was a rank-and-file union activist in AFSCME Local 3299, which just had a strong one-week strike in summer 2008 and won a contract that includes language requiring ICE to contact AFSCME before arresting a worker. Surprisingly, the arrest has come from UC-Berkeley itself.

video from the march and rally for Jesus Gutierrezon Wednesday at UC Berkeley:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUALwrwHjSU&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fgroup.php%3Fgid%3D73811029870&feature=player_embedded

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by a Tg person
Sunday May 10th, 2009 9:31 AM
This stuff needs to end. The Feds are out of their minds.
The snatching of so-called illegals needs to end NOW. I do not want my tax money spent on those type of actions...
I feel sorry for that guy and hope he gets to stay in our Country.
by Works both ways
Sunday May 10th, 2009 7:53 PM
This guy was outted by southern CA police, because he was using a false/stolen social security number.

And I can see how people feel pissed off. He sounds like a solid character whose worked the same job for many years, does the right thing etc. Sounds like he's also been active in labor/politics issues,and so people feel like UC targeted him.

But I also sympathize with the reality that UC faces in it's responsibility. This guy works on campus. With students. And he falsified information. And UC is responsible as the employer.

What are they supposed to do? Pick and choose which employees they let slide by with false personal info. and which they don't? It's a lose/lose situation for UC . And as such, if a police department actively contacts them to let them know that one of their employees is falsifying his/her info. and using stolen identifaction.....what do you want them to do? Pick and choose on a case by case basis who they let slide and who they bust?

Put it this way: The same people calling UC names for busting this guy would be calling for UC heads for NOT being diligent if some undocumented employee using false social security numbers to get employment rights assaulted a student.

by The Fish
Wednesday May 27th, 2009 12:36 PM
Would you provide a link about him being outed by SoCal police? That's news to me.

The question is: why would anyone, Cal or SoCal cops, choose this one guy to out? Why is his documentation status, as someone who has committed only the crime of working, important to any police department? Cops don't just bust random immigrants: usually stings follow immigrants getting "uppity", like the wave of el balazo ice raids following May 1st 2008 or say......the targeted arrest of AFSCME union activist Jesus Gutierrez.
by Works Both Ways
Wednesday May 27th, 2009 7:31 PM
"UCPD officers arrested Jesus Gutierrez after receiving a report from a southern California police department indicating Gutierrez had allegedly used a stolen social security number, said UCPD Lt. Doug Wing."

http://www.dailycal.org/article/105634/protesters_challenge_immigrant_s_recent_arrest_
by Maria G
Wednesday Jun 3rd, 2009 10:15 PM
I do not think it is wrong to arrest someone with false id working at a school. I mean, where do you draw the line? If my kid got into that school I would be really mad to find out that they didnt even know who they had working there. He is probably a nice guy and I would feel bad for him if i new him but that should not matter. i now a lot of people that want to work there because it is a great place to work. Its not right that someone here illegal can take there place.