A Secret Service agent tackled an immigration protester who tried to run in front of First Lady Jill Biden‘s motorcade during a two-day swing through Chicago as part of her National Hispanic Heritage Month tour.
The man, identified by Chicago’s ABC7 as Jose Torres, yelled, ‘we want immigration reform now,’ before being pancaked by an officer and then arrested by Chicago police on Tuesday. Torres was charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct.
On Wednesday, Biden continued her tour of the city by visiting the Arturo Velasquez Institute, a community college located in Chicago’s Mexican-American Little Village neighborhood, alongside Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
A Secret Service officer is seen tackling a man identified as Jose Torres who was demanding action on immigration and tried to run in front of First Lady Jill Biden’s motorcade on Tuesday
First Lady Jill Biden greets school officials at the Arturo Velasquez Institute in Chicago on Wednesday, as part of National Hispanic Heritage Month
First Lady Jill Biden participated in a roundtable event – being called a ‘charla’ – at the Arturo Velasquez Institute Wednesday in Chicago, Illinois
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (right) accompanied First Lady Jill Biden (center) on Wednesday’s tour
Biden was also accompanied by Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
Biden has been hosting so-called ‘charlas’ or chats with members of the Latino community.
She also held one in Kansas City, Kansas on Tuesday, and was heading to Allentown, Pennsylvania for one Wednesday afternoon.
‘Our administration is really trying to wrap its arms around all Americans, all Americans,’ Biden said, according to ABC7.
‘Whether you supported my husband or you didn’t, he’s the president for all American. I think through the programs he is trying to pass now he is trying to be inclusive and embrace our diversity,’ she continued.
Biden marveled that she felt ‘right at home’ at the Arturo Velasquez Institute, which is a community college.
Biden teaches at Northern Virginia Community College – and is the first, first lady to hold an outside job.
‘As a community college educator for forever, I love this city, I … just feel right at home,’ she said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
‘The bottom line for me, and I think for Miguel, too, is jobs – jobs. And that’s what these schools are providing at very little cost,’ she said.
Her husband, President Joe Biden, wants to make community college free – one of the many social programs tucked into what was supposed to be a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill, but is still being negotiated in Congress.
Immigration reform was also supposed to be part of that package, but the Senate parliamentarian said what Democrats proposed couldn’t be passed through the reconciliation process, which allows the Democrats to bypass a Republican-led filibuster.