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Today I gave President Obama five dubious gold stars for immigration enforcement. The position of House Republicans that the President cannot be trusted to enforce the law just does not fit the facts. Watch the full speech here: youtu.be/PJ17ACipIsk.

This week Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing suggesting that the President is not upholding his constitutional duty to enforce immigration laws, even as this administration has deported people in record numbers. Congressman Luis Gutierrez called them out for having another “do-nothing hearing in this do-nothing Congress.” He told them that if they did not act on immigration reform, he and others would insist the President act to address the deportation crisis.

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition hosted a bipartisan panel discussion with Illinois elected officials on immigration reform on February 18, 2014. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D) joined Sen. Mark Kirk (R) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R) to discuss how to move immigration reform forward in Congress.

February 11, 2014 - Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (IL-04) responded to Speaker John Boehner’s comments about immigration on the House floor. The Congressman said, “I wish you would tell the U.S. citizen whose spouse won’t be with them on Valentine’s Day, or the days that follow to help raise their U.S. citizen children. Or tell the estimated 5,100 children in foster care because their parents are in detention or have already been deported” how the President can’t be trusted to enforce immigration law.

Mr. Speaker, that President Obama cannot be trusted to enforce immigration law? That just doesn’t make any sense to anyone who follows this issue. Every day, day after day, week after week and year after year, people are being ‘disappeared’ by our immigration enforcement machine. Another 1,100 today. And tomorrow.
Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez
House Floor Speech, February 11, 2014