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Gutierrez, Hispanic Caucus meets with Obama on immigration

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below, Gutierrez release.....

(Washington, DC) - Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL-4), Chairman of Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), was among the more than 20 Members of the CHC to meet with President Obama today at the White House. Rep. Gutierrez is the chief proponent of comprehensive immigration reform in the House and helped write the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act (CIR-ASAP/H.R. 4321). The bill is sponsored by Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D-TX) and co-sponsored primarily by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Progressive Caucus, and Congressional Hispanic Caucus. The following is a statement from Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez:

The President was very clear that he will work with us to frame the immigration issue for the American people in a new and aggressive way and he will start with his speech on Thursday. The Republicans in Arizona are playing politics with immigrants and the constitution and it is a civil rights crisis, but more importantly, the Democrats have the solution teed up and ready to go.

Our country needs a legal immigration system that works, an end to illegal immigration, a secure border, and rules that employers, immigrants and everyone else will follow. That can only be achieved through comprehensive immigration reform and over 100 co-sponsors have signed on to my bill, CIR ASAP or H.R. 4321. There is no good reason why we cannot have comprehensive immigration reform this year if a handful of Republicans put solving problems ahead of playing politics. The votes are there if just a few Republicans step up to the plate.

In the mean time, we have Republican elected leaders calling every single immigrant who is in the country illegally an agent of the drug cartels, which reveals a lot about how the Republican Party feels about Hispanics. We have every reason to believe the Attorney General and the President are serious about fighting the Arizona law in the courts because it does so much to undermine law enforcement and the constitutional. More importantly, we are encouraged that the President is taking a stand against the type of rhetoric we have seen recently out of Arizona.

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kick all the ILLEGALS out and fire the politicians that only want to follow the rule of law when it is to their advantage.

TREASON at best. Vote, Rope or Pitchfork these traitors like Gutierrez days are numbered! Time to bring back the gallows in the public square.
Ubelievable that he is not already behind bars or on trial.

good home you no good free loaders. There are legal ways to come here.

I am exceedingly satisfied and appreciate Mr. Luis V. Gutierrez for introducing the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill in the House and this should come in effect forthwith without further delay which will radically change the economy of the United States and millions of undocumented people will be benefitted. I cordially agree with all the points of the Bill.

Where is the congressional white caucus?

The republicans can call every illegal a cartel member. That only show their ignorance and the fact that they are gone from the face of the US. They are no more of the US landscape in the next 50 years. They are too old i their minds, hearts and souls. Now we can see why the yanquees kicked the souterners' asses.........the same attitude must have gone around in the past......

The costs and other expenditures for illegal aliens is such a burden on the economy of Arizona and every other state--SOMETHING MUST BE DONE & NOW? Decades of complete disregard for Citizens and legal residents have led us to the edge of a financial precipice. Billions of dollars every year are transferred to other countries to support families, plus even more billions are sent to Mexico to stabilize their economies, but most ends up in the pockets of the corrupt government. The interior of America has become a welfare state for "Anchor Babies", for hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who have doctored and fraudulent government issued ID's.

This gives them access to welfare entitlements, which is the absolute fault of every Administration since President Bush Senior. Any kind of AMNESTY now will also attribute to a breakdown that will encompass the whole of America. Billions more will be spent in processing the 20 to 30 million already here, with an imminent danger of millions of others wanting to reach this land before AMNESTY is signed into law. Those readers who are unsure, should read the implications after the 1986 Immigration Control & Reform bill was signed by Ronald Reagan.

It was a absolute travesty as all the promises were never kept. Employers knowingly hiring foreign nationals were never penalized with harsh fines or imprisonment. Instead of 3 million being legitimized the number was way beyond 6 million. The cost of processing was staggering. President Obama is giving a pep-talk this Thursday, but it is the open border, free trade and special interest lobbyists that are passing along the rhetoric and lies. His token military force on the border will not have the ability to halt the unfettered flow of illegal drugs, foreign nationals or even Middle Eastern terrorists. The Tea Party and thousands of pro-sovereignty organization and advocates have already proclaimed there will be no--AMNESTY. Until the--REAL--double parallel fences are duly completed, nothing will pass that even smells of AMNESTY. Learn the whole truth at NumbersUSA. Additionally discover who your enemies are in both political parties beginning with Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

I hope the President demands that Congress get the DREAM Act on his desk for signature IMMEDIATELY. I would also like him to reiterate the words he spoke at his inauguration, of the historical importance of immigration to this country, and put some purpose and determination behind them:

On January 20th, 2009 the President expressed his thanks to those of us whose parents immigrated here:
"For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life."

As the daughter of an immigrant to this country, these words have profound meaning for me.

I think the President ought to give each member of Congress the gift of President John F. Kennedy's book, "A Nation of Immigrants," so they may be reminded of the contributions immigrants to our land make to the overall success and prosperity of our Republic.

When Senator Ted Kennedy wrote the forward to the 50-year anniversary release of President Kennedy's book, he stated: "Every time the Senate takes up the issue of immigration reform, I re-read my brother's book for inspiration. The words he wrote half a century ago ring just as true today."

In his seminal essay on immigration, JFK wrote: "This is the secret of America: a nation of people with the fresh memory of old traditions who dared to explore new frontiers, people eager to build lives for themselves in a spacious society that did not restrict their freedom of choice and action."

It is counterintuitive that our country is so divided on an issue that most of us have a personal connection to and shared history of as decendents of immigrants.

Let all who sincerely desire to make our land their home and contribute to this great patchwork quilt that we call America, have an honest and fair opportunity to do so.

I hope the President speaks out on behalf of all of us who support the rights of immigrants to this land - those of us who have benefitted from the opportunities our immigrant parents sought in coming here.

August 25th will be the one-year anniversary of Sen. Kennedy's passing. In remembrance of Ted Kennedy's long-time commitment to real immigration reform, I hope the President calls upon Congress to make real and immediate progress on an issue that was of critical importance to him.

And, I hope the President explains to Americans just why Arizona's SB1070 is quite possibly the most hideous, unconstitutional and unenforceable piece of legislation ever to come out of the states in recent memory.

(not to mention the most poorly drafted bill I've ever read!)

Could somebody PLEASE put a leash and muzzle on this little, yappy chihuahua... errr, uh... I mean 'man'???? I am so sick of hearing him whine!
I'm an American of Mexican descent and he and the other who support rewarding the illegal alien INVADERS with ANY means of staying in our country legally (AMNESTY) make me sick!

Our immigration laws would work perfectly IF ANYONE EVER ENFORCED THEM!!! Not only is our government trying to prevent the laws on the books from being enforced but now they are trying to prevent states like mine, Arizona, from enforcing them on our own. (We've been driving out the illegals since 2008 when we enacted our Employer Sanctions law.)Obviously our government puts more value on potential voters for their side than they do on the lives and well being of American citizens. If we want the border secured and illegal immigration stopped we're going to have to do it ourselves!

There is no one saying that all illegal aliens belong to the drug cartels.
The facts that the borders have not been secured, that this administration kowtows to the Mexico's president, and taxpaying American citizens are disregarded in favor of illegals, who have more rights than we do in our own country, all reflect a corrupt government led by our president. Obama is negotiating with the Hispanic Caucus without speaking without consideration of our economy, the bankrupt California, other states in trouble, Americans competing for jobs with illegals. Illegals are currently working for low wages but will not be after they are made citizens by this administration. They are simply being used, however, as a voting block by Obama and Gutierrez who see great benefits in ignoring the law.

Our so-called leaders are supposed to uphold the law, not support lawbreakers. This is insanity and Obama seems to be getting away with it.
He should be impeached, not congratulated while he prances around the country on our money.
Get out of the WH, Obama. You are destroying this country.

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