April 13th, 2010
09:31 PM ET
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Dems need to keep their promise on immigration, Gutierrez says


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.

Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, and Charles Schumer, D-New York, have taken the lead in trying to craft an immigration bill that can draw bipartisan support.

Obama addressed the crowd gathered at the immigration rally mentioned by Gutierrez, saying by video that he would do "everything in my power" to get a bipartisan deal within the year.

But, a senior White House official told King Tuesday that there was “very little chance” of passing a bill this year.

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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Tom

    How about the laws actually enforced that are in place, and deportations immediately executed! On top of that, all locatable assets found, confiscated, sold and used to pay of the USA's national debt! There doesn't need to be reform, and no more amnesty for those who blatantly disreguard our countries laws. If this is such an aweful place, why is it that so many make their way here by any means? It sounds like the most desired place in the world to be.

    April 13, 2010 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  2. don

    Congressman – Please think before you speak about your majority.


    April 13, 2010 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  3. Willy Brown

    Up hold the laws we have now Congress. Don't try to give a free ride to the law breakers for votes!

    April 13, 2010 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  4. John Hennessy Black

    As a Democratic, the only promise I want to see kept is the rule of law!

    ALL Illegal Aliens need to be deported… (PERIOD!)

    April 13, 2010 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  5. obamarroids

    Question – how times a day does John King exchange body fluids with Obama ? King is as corrupt as Pelosi and Obama.

    April 13, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  6. Keith in Austin

    Immigration reform? Don't you mean citizenship for illegals?

    I'm sure that a liberal Democrat by the name of Luis Gutierrez speaks for the American people. What a typical sleazy Democratic maneuver in the self-serving effort to secure future votes ultimately at the expense of the taxpayers!

    April 13, 2010 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  7. Jared

    Anyone else upset that Gutierrez does not stand up for the American constituency, but rather, "his people?"

    I thought he was elected to represent American citizens, not Mexican illegals. He's advocating for a particular group because they share the same ethnicity, which is wrong. I want a congressmen who stands up for Americans, not latinos.

    April 13, 2010 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  8. Ridgeway

    Bueno. Let's bring the drug wars across the border and load up the Country with more aliens. Then we can have a 30 to 60 ratio of taxpayers to non taxpayers. Sounds like a winner. I will just up my current situation from 3 jobs to 4.

    April 13, 2010 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  9. JP

    According to the Washington post 1 out of every 15 school children are illegal immigrants. My kids go to a DC charter school, funding was cut for all charters in DC. Services are cut to my kids funded with my taxes so we can educate illegals. Obama wants to make the illegals legal because they vote democratic. So his idea of change is screw the tax payers so he can get more votes in 2012. Guess what everyone when Obama makes them legal the vast majority of them will join the 48% of U.S. workers who pay no income tax under Obamanomics. How much will our national debt increase to give Obamacare to 12 million illegals. The citizens of this county do not want any more poor people who don’t speak English. I don't blame people from the south of our border for wanting to come here for a better life but don't blame me for not wanting to pay for it.

    April 13, 2010 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |

    Rep. Gutierrez you need to understand if your illegal unlawful entry of your latinos into the U.S. is not stopped there is people who will patrol the borders and stop them. We have had enough., Now if OBAMA introduces a bill to lessen the controls of illegal entry into this country he puts himself in jeopardy to never be elected again. Him or his fellow Democrats. DON'T CALLE ME JUST ANOTHER REPUBLICAN TALKING. FOR I AM AN E-DEMOCRAT OF 50 YRS THAT HAS SEEN THE LIGHT. Criminals or Criminals no matter how you want to introduce it. They should be gathered up and sent home. If they come back it will be to a prison. They're not doing no service except being a drain on the tax payer's dollars. OBAMA WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH. DON'T YOU DARE GIVE AMNESTY TO THESE PEOPLE JUST SO THEY CAN VOTE DEMOCRATIC. OR A DEMOCRAT WILL BE NO STRONGER THAN THE NAACP.

    April 13, 2010 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  11. Marihnat

    The only immigration reform we need is to remove all illigals, return them to their county of origin. If they have underage children that were born in this county then they go home with mom and dad if no legal relative can be found to take them as their place is with their parents and there parents came into this country under false pretense.
    Next they need to apply to come into this country the way that immigrants have for generations.
    The next step is the remove from political office all officails that have been hindering the process of removing people who broke our laws and came into this country illigially. Any state representative, congressman, senator or our president for that matter should be removed from office for not up-holding his or her oath of office to uphold our laws as they exist on the books. Period, End of discussion.

    April 13, 2010 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  12. soonia

    Gutierrez four words: not on your lifetime. Southern Arizonans have seen the future and it does not look good. National Guard with orders to shoot invaders now! Mass repatriations like they do in any other country in the world. Jobs for Americans and legal immigrants. Any amnesty for illegals will be the death bed of the Democratic Party.

    April 13, 2010 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  13. Sue

    Too bad Guitterez, it is NOT going to happen.

    Any Democrat that tries to pass amnesty for millions of illegals-–when there are millions of US citizens without jobs--wlll be committing political suicide.

    And, who do you think that the "Latinos" are going to vote for if the Democrats don't pass it??

    NOBODY!!! Your threat is empty.

    April 13, 2010 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  14. JES

    If you are not here legal then go home.

    April 13, 2010 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  15. mkielm

    Have to be happy with Sonia for now – not a bad nod to that population, all in all (especially since there will now be no protestants on the court).

    April 13, 2010 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  16. Mike

    Supporting immigration for all Latinos means supporting illegal immigrants...sorry I am an immigrant myself and paid my dues to become a citizen an DO NOT want my tax money spent on illegals

    April 13, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  17. cskeins10

    well if they want to go to the GOP that's fine just remember who nominated the first Latino Supreme Court Justice Mccain the Maverick is no longer helping because he's trying to suck up to his base

    April 13, 2010 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  18. Aaron

    Since the majority of American voters apparently do not want blanket forgiveness for those illegally residing in this country, the Dems also have to consider what those voters will do in November if they give carte blanc amnesty.

    April 13, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  19. nell

    When Obama campaigned for President, did he not state if you are here in this country illegaly you will have to stand in line? did he say anything about giving amnesty to illegals? So, what is it this man wants? If I were Obama, I would not give a hoot about a second term.
    I think he will be this type of man.

    April 13, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  20. addon

    Keep your shirts on guys! We need to support our President.

    You do not actually that are the GOP, if that bunch of racist, loon, hypocrits are brought back to power, are gonna move forward on immigration reform? I hope you guys are not that confused.

    I support reform. Its shamless to break up families but have to give this president time. He's fighting, domestic (GOP Taliban) and international terrorists.

    April 14, 2010 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  21. Tracy

    Obama's delusional. If he thinks that amnesty for illegal immigrants or cap and trade are going to make the American people happy after that crappy health care reform fiasco – he's crazy. He's not holding up to his campaign promises of transparency or bipartisanship politics. He's a liar. The Independents put him in office, and they will take him out.

    April 14, 2010 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  22. Roy, Texas

    This issue will be picked up as a campaign promise in 2012 by both parties.

    April 14, 2010 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  23. judy

    Palin who? is that the lady who can Russia from her backyard? please people let's be real . this lady can 't run a country. Her best interest is the BIG bucks not to to serve this amazing country.

    April 14, 2010 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  24. Obama Enemy List Wannabe

    Hey, having decided to spend health care money we don't have, now Obama can waste it on illegals. Why not? They can vote, right? Or is that the next 'great cause'?

    April 14, 2010 02:28 am at 2:28 am |