Unites States (US) Democrat Congressman Luis Gutierrez has told attendees of the National Council of La Raza this Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Los Angeles Convention Center that he is optimistic President Barack Obama will grant legal status to those immigrants who entered the country illegally. The Congressman also blasted the Republicans for blocking the Immigration Reforms bill in the House. Luis Gutierrez said that his confident Obama will use his executive powers to allow over 11 million illegal immigrants pathway to remain in the United States, with possibility of even the parents of American-born children.
Gutierrez, in a charged speech at the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza said that last week we met with Barack Obama and we asked him, “Mr. President, we want you to be as generous and broad and wise as the Republicans have been small and mean-spirited.” He said that Obama’s response to our request was positive.
Latino Congressman lambasted the majority Republicans in the House for their inability to pass comprehensiveness immigration reform bill. He warned that if Republicans do not act on immigration reforms, they will be paying a political price for their complicity.
Gutierrez quoted the example of former Republican Governor of California, Pete Wilson, who made the mistake of pushing for Proposition 187 to deny health and education benefits to undocumented immigrants. He got it approved successfully but it was later overturned by the federal courts. However, as consequences to Wilson’s mistake, California State overwhelmingly voted for the Democrats.
The Congressman said, “We need to raise our voices, make ourselves citizens, sign up to vote and punish those who speak ill and criminalize children who come to our border.”
US President Barack Obama has indicate that he is mulling over exercising his executive powers to “fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress,” after Republicans have hinted to refuse to put the Immigration Reform Bill to vote this year.
In a new Pew Research survey about 70% of the people surveyed has said that there is need to reform the immigration system to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain legal status if they meet certain requirements.