in Action on Immigration
A prominent Hispanic Democrat from Illinois is calling out President Obama for not playing a more active role in the immigration reform talks that have begun in Congress.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (P-IL), who campaigned for the president in swing states with large populations of Latino voters, said Obama is missing in action from the discussions that are taking place on Capitol Hill.
“Who’s missing from these conversations is the president of the United States,” Gutierrez told The Hill. “When senators from both parties and members of the House are talking, when you have the Senate majority leader and Speaker Boehner both saying that this is an important priority. Who’s the one missing? The president...
Gutierrez, the chairman of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, has criticized Obama for not doing more to pass comprehensive immigration reform in his first term. In April of 2010, he threatened to urge Latino voters to stay home during the midterm election if Democrats did not make a concerted effort to overhaul immigration laws.
This year, he put his misgivings about the president’s record aside to campaign for him around the country.
But now that the election is over, Gutierrez is working hard to ensure that comprehensive immigration reform isn’t bumped off the legislative agenda like it was in 2009 and 2010, when healthcare and Wall Street reform were given precedence.
Obama has identified immigration reform as a top priority for his second term, and talked about the need to move quickly on legislation during his first post-election press conference...
The White House said the president is devoting his time and attention to avoiding the “fiscal cliff” at the end of the year...
Gutierrez wants to see the White House engage in more formal outreach on immigration with members of Congress. He says the president should convene a bipartisan summit on immigration reform, and suggested Camp David as a possible venue for negotiations.
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Editor's Note: Mr. Obama used Mr. Gutierrez just like he used the Latino people...and the Black people...and the liberal Catholics...and...
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