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July 31, 2014

Luis Gutiérrez: House GOP Role in Immigration Overhaul Is ‘Over’ (Video)

Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, D-Ill., slammed Republicans on the floor Wednesday, renewing calls for the House of Representatives to take action to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws nearly one year after the Senate passed bipartisan immigration legislation.

“Republicans have failed America, and failed themselves,” he said.

Gutiérrez’s comments came after Speaker John A. Boehner’s announcement Tuesday of a GOP task force to address the crisis of illegal immigrant children surging across the southern border.

“I gave you the warning three months ago, and now I have no other choice; you’re done,” Gutiérrez said, addressing House Republicans. “Your chance to play a role in how immigration and deportation policies are carried out this year is over.”

A vocal critic of inaction on immigration by President Barack Obama, Gutiérrez noted the efforts of Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., to advance immigration overhaul measures during his five minute speech Wednesday, but said Obama now had the authority to act to fix existing immigration laws.

“Others in the Republican conference are fighting for reform out of a sense of compassion and doing the right thing, as my friend Diaz-Balart from Florida has,” Gutiérrez said. “Having been given ample time and space to craft legislation, [Republicans] failed. The president now has no other choice but to act within existing law to ensure that our deportation policies are humane, that due process rights are protected, that detention conditions are as they should be and most importantly that the people who we are deporting are detriments to our communities not assets to our families, economy and society.”

Diaz-Balart earlier this month said the Obama administration’s threats to take unilateral action on immigration by the end of the summer only added “fuel to the fire.”

  • dbsuma

    Gutierrez must be removed from Congress: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgmY6B7-PQU She was twice deported, brought back, and Luis Gutierrez just a few months ago, said it was a “joy to hug Elvira again.” Disgusting POS for a congressman.

  • Soledad77

    Luis
    Gutierrez was quoted in Newsweek as saying, “I
    have only one loyalty,
    and that’s to the immigrant
    community.”
    What does he think of those who enforce immigration law? Well, he
    used the term “The
    Gestapo agents at [the Department of] Homeland Security.”
    Now he says, “Every
    day, 1,000 people get deported. The president should stop
    deportations. There’s no reason to wait.” Let’s attempt to
    analyze this statement.

    Presumably
    this is where Luis gets his 1000/day figure:

    “Government
    officials say they deported a total of 368,644 people [in 2013]. But
    almost two-thirds of those people, or 235,093, were caught at the
    border and promptly returned to their home countries.”

    So
    when Luis
    Gutierrez demands “the president should stop deportations” and
    focuses on 1,000/day, it sounds like he doesn’t even want to stop
    illegal entrants at the border. This couldn’t possibly be the case,
    could it? If not, he should quit using the 1,000/day talking point
    because it is misleading. But based on his own statements, I think
    he really is for unlimited immigration (except for “killers and
    rapists”):

    “We
    have to find a way to keep moms and dads and husbands and wives who
    are simply trying to survive out of the deportation queue.”

    This
    sounds like the “make a better life” exemption and would make
    practically everyone immune to the law. The Immigration and
    Nationality Act does not have a clause which says, “None of the
    above shall apply to aliens who have a relative or spouse in the U.S.
    Or have never been convicted of crimes punishable by death.”

    We
    already have a situation (thanks to Obama’s “prosecutorial
    discretion”) whereby:

    “If
    you are a run-of-the-mill immigrant here illegally, your odds of

    getting
    deported are close to zero — it’s just highly unlikely to

    happen.”
    – John Sandweg, recent acting director of ICE.

    That
    is already a de facto unlimited immigration policy. When Luis
    demands “significant changes in federal enforcement — and bold
    administrative action”, I presume he wants two things: to stop
    deportations of those convicted of all crimes other than or lesser
    than rape and murder; and to get “deferred action” and work permits for all such people (which for all practical purposes means they would never be
    deported).

  • abusedcitizen

    Gutierrez is Obama’s Generalissimo in the War On Americans.

    • CHAOS

      Yes. He was also fighting immigration enforcement before Obama as well.

  • http://www.sandbiz.com/ Lisa kudrow

    We need our Federal
    Government to take measure and deport all 12 million illegal aliens living in
    the US. The best way to do this is to strictly enforce laws in the workplace
    (mandate E-Verify, SSN-No Matching, etc.) to refute illegal jobs and to refute
    their employers profit in hiring them.

    http://www.durrani.com

  • left wing

    luis will stamp his little foot, whine, lie and scream his hate because little luis did not get his way.

  • brunsk42

    Yea GOD forbid they read your immigration proposal before making the right decision.. Why is everything a rush, are you trying to hide something from the people of this country ???/

    • Afterheart

      Yes.

  • brunsk42

    Seems like the democratic party no longer represents AMERICANS, unless your gay…

  • docb

    Glad to see the Hispanic caucus denouncing forcefully

    the do nothings of the gop bag congress! Call them out daily… 7% approvals and they are the least productive in recent history!

    It is NOT the President but the slimes of the right in the House preventing any resolution to come to the floor for a vote!

  • Braven Eworld

    On 12/15/10, Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was murdered by illegal aliens using rifles provided to them by Hussein Obama’s criminal marxist regime.

  • Buro Cratz

    On 9/21/06, Houston Police Officer Randy Johnson was murdered by an illegal alien during a routine traffic stop.

  • Ized Fohssil

    California was wasting $215 million a year on anchor babies – in 1994.

  • Youz Guys

    As many have noted, our passivity in the face of the illegal alien invasion imperils our sacred union.

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