Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois said Friday he will boycott President-elect Trump’s inauguration ceremony because of his stance on immigration.
"I'm not going to this inauguration, I can't go to this inauguration, because he continues to spew hatred, bigotry and prejudice even after he said he was going to bring us all together," Gutierrez, a Democrat, told CNN.
Gutierrez, who serves on the House Judiciary Committee, has made comprehensive immigration reform a key part of his congressional career and was an early endorser of Hillary Clinton.
He said he has been present at every inauguration ceremony since his election to office in 1992.
Gutierrez also expressed his concerns about Trump’s possible reversal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a move that would jeopardize the legal status of hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants registered under it.
"Donald Trump says he's going after them, that he's going to revoke DACA and he's going to take away their freedom in this country," he said. "And they're afraid."