According to Gutierrez, Obama has the “responsibility” to “provide safety and justice,” how that corresponds with acting like a dictator to legalize 11 million illegal immigrants is beyond me.
Via The Hill:
President Obama “has the responsibility to act” to stop deportations of illegal immigrants if Congress proves unable to pass a comprehensive immigration bill, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) argued in an interview published Friday.
“There are devastating effects if the Congress of the United States cannot enact comprehensive immigration reform – then the president of the United States has the responsibility to act to defend those immigrants which he says he wants to provide safety and justice for,” Gutierrez told Salon.
In 2012, the Obama administration announced it would stop deporting some illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children if they enrolled in either college or the military and did not break any laws.
Gutierrez said the president should “definitely look at” expanding that policy to all 11 million immigrants who have entered the country illegally, if efforts to reform the nation’s laws remain stymied in the Republican-controlled House.
“I think that those who call on the President of the United States to re-evaluate his actions on the dreamers and expand it – I think that’s something the President of the United States should definitely look at, and begin to evaluate how he brings that about,” he said. “I think he should think about that.”