(KCPW News) A Utah Valley University student was arrested Tuesday at Salt Lake City’s Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building during a demonstration in support the federal DREAM Act. The arrest took place in Senator Orrin Hatch’s office. Federal Protective Services took Twenty-two-year-old Diego Ibanez to Salt Lake County Detention Center, where he spent the night before being taken into custody by The U.S. Marshall early this morning. Ibanez’ family members held a press conference this afternoon where his sister Andrea told reporters he was not a threat.
“And I think it was very unnecessary for them to get helicopters, them to get Homeland Security involved and I think that’s embarrassing. If I were Senator Hatch, I’d be very embarrassed right now,” said Ibanez. “I really hope that Senator Hatch wasn’t aware of this. And that when he becomes aware he will do what’s right.”
Three other college students joined Ibanez in the demonstration. Andrea says officers threatened to revoke their scholarships.
“At that point the rest of the people stepped down. And Diego had a goal and he didn’t leave until he accomplished that goal and he got arrested,” said Ibanez’ sister.
Ibanez is charged with disrupting the performance of official duties by government employees. Two of the other students were issued citations. The DREAM Act would assist the children of undocumented immigrants earn permanent residency if they serve in the U.S. military or earn a college degree. The U.S. Senate plans to vote on the act this week.