(CNN) - Two top lawmakers in the House immigration reform effort battled Sunday over how a compromise could be obtained in the Republican-controlled chamber, after the Democrat-controlled Senate passed sweeping reform legislation last week.
Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, flatly said the House should not take up the Senate bill and should produce its own version instead. But Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a fellow member of the committee, said Republicans are failing to produce anything worth voting on. The two sat side by side Sunday morning on CNN's "State of the Union."
(CNN) – Two House members working on immigration reform sounded confident Sunday that their upcoming proposal will ultimately mesh well with the Senate's proposal, despite expected battles over the issue in both chambers in the months ahead.
"I am very, very optimistic that the House of Representatives is going to have a plan that is going to be able to go to a conference with the Senate in which we're going to be able to resolve differences," Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Illiniois, said on CNN's "State of the Union."
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Rep. Luis Gutierrez and 10 other people demonstrating for immigration reform were arrested Tuesday outside the White House, the U.S. Park Police and a spokesman for the congressman said.
Douglas Rivlin, the press secretary for the Illinois Democrat, said Gutierrez and the other people arrested "were sitting on the sidewalk in front of the White House after being told to leave" the protest, held to mark the more than 1 million people deported since President Barack Obama took office.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Several Congressional Hispanic leaders met with President Obama Tuesday to ask for his help in building support for a bill, known as the DREAM Act, which would award citizenship to illegal immigrants who have gone to college or served in the military.
Advocates for comprehensive immigration reform believe the lame duck session may the best opportunity to pass one concrete immigration reform measure before Republicans take control of the House of Representatives in January.
(CNN) - The journey was long for Ignacia Moya, but on July 19, at the age of 106, she was finally able to attain a dream that she has been working toward for years: becoming a citizen of the United States.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois, assisted Moya in her quest to attain citizenship.
At the Chicago ceremony where Moya was sworn in, Gutierrez said she had two reasons for wanting to be a citizen.
Washington (CNN) - With Arizona's controversial immigration law set to go into effect next month, calls for federal action on comprehensive immigration reform are growing louder.
But with other issues dominating Congress' schedule, can the bill currently in the House gain any traction?
(CNN) - Police arrested Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez at an immigration rally outside the White House on Saturday.
Gutierrez, a Democrat, was among a group of protesters arrested by police in front of the White House.
The protesters wore T-shirts that read, "ARREST ME NOT MY FAMILY" and "ARREST ME NOT MY FRIENDS."
Rep. Gutierrez told CNN that he thinks President Obama needs to be more engaged on the issue of immigration reform. (Photo Credit: CNN)
Washington (CNN) – A Latino Democratic lawmaker said Tuesday that his party needs to change the way it views Latino voters who could withhold support in the future if the party does not move to pass an immigration reform bill.
“This administration has to stop looking at this community as a community they can simply rely on and not have to fulfill a very key and fundamental promise to,” Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois, said on CNN’s John King, USA.
The Democratic lawmaker said Latino votes made the difference in 2008 in states like New Mexico, Colorado and Florida in helping President Obama secure the Oval Office.
“We have a majority,” Gutierrez told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. “That majority must lead.”
The Democrat added, “But I think we need to have this president more engaged.”
Gutierrez said the thousands who marched last month in Washington in support of immigration reform “were inspired by a lack of inspiration” displayed by Obama on the issue in his first State of the Union address earlier this year.