One of Illinois’ congressmen believes comprehensive immigration reform will be a reality in 2013. U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Chicago) says when the president is re-elected there will be real talks about immigration reform. He says it must be a bi-partisan issue and believes the support from Republicans will be there.
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“I think there are Republicans that are going to be empowered and emboldened after this election to say there are 500,000 Latinos that turn 18 every year and they are all citizens of the United States,” Gutierrez said. “There are hundreds of thousands of others [that coalitions] convert into citizens every year. If we’re going to be doomed to be a party of a minority party then they are going to be emboldened and they’re going to be empowered to come [and vote for immigration reform.]”
He says no matter the outcome of the November elections comprehensive immigration reform must have bi-partisan support to pass. Gutierrez has been a leader on immigration reform, the Dream Act and Deferred Action.