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Rep. Luis Gutierrez's 20-city immigration tour: Obama, "when's he going to keep his promise?''

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WASHINGTON--Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) is on a 20-city tour to keep pressure up on President Obama and Congress to deal with the rising number of deportations and the failure to enact immigration reform. Gutierrez said in Boston Obama may have trouble with the Hispanic vote in 2012 if he does not deliver on promises for an immigration overhaul

The tour kicked off last week--is run through the Campaign for American Children and Families-- and is intended, Gutierrez said in a statement, to focus on people "whose lives are being turned upside down by deportation."

In Providence, R.I. and Boston, Gutierrez takes on the administration--continuing in his role as a friendly critic of the Obama administration when it comes to immigration.

The Boston Globe reports on Gutierrez's Sunday town hall: A Democratic congressman from President Obama's home state gathered immigrants in East Boston yesterday to draw attention to the plight of families that fear being divided by deportation and to warn that the president risks losing the support of the Latino community if he doesn't deliver on immigration reform.

"We kind of made a covenant. There was a compact. You came to us and you said, 'Elect me president of the United States and I will be your champion for immigration reform,' '' said Representative Luis V. Gutierrez of Illinois. "Wherever I go, people say to me, 'Luis, when's he going to keep his promise?' ''

.....Gutierrez said most immigrants still want to support Obama. But after seeing deportations increase under his administration and learning of the Secure Communities program, he said, they will challenge the president to provide more balance through immigration reform.

"We may not get invited to the state dinners anymore,'' he said. "We may not get invited to go watch games at the White House anymore. We might not get to travel on Air Force One.''

According to the Rhode Island Providence Journal-Bulletin, Gutierrez in Providence on Saturday: "In just one year with Barack Obama as president, Gutierrez pointed out, 400,000 people were deported from the United States -- more people than any other president has deported, he asserted. And most of them, Gutierrez said, are not violent criminals, but law-abiding, hard-working people."

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