One of comprehensive immigration reform’s strongest backers says the topic will be the talk of Washington this week. U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Chicago, pictured) says a Senate-drafted immigration reform bill will go to the Senate floor this week. He says as that work is going on, he’ll do his part in the House. “My hope is that while that’s going on in the Senate, the House of Representatives, where Republicans are in charge, different than the Senate, we will also be able to meet and get Republican leadership behind the proposal,” Gutierrez said.
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Gutierrez says any immigration reform bill that comes up must have the backing of Republican leadership in the House or it’s likely to die. He adds that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is optimistic that a bill could be signed by September.