The way U.S. Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-Chicago) figures it,  the U.S. House of Representatives has one job to do: pass the Senate's immigration bill. He regrets the Republican-controlled chamber is tied up in partisanship.

Before leaving for a tour of Republican-represented House districts in Oregon and Washington, Gutierrez said the House should stop wasting time. “We know people today who will probably die in the desert. We know this week someone has died trying to get back to their loved ones in this country,” he said. “We’ve got to end this human tragedy that’s occurring.”

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Gutierrez says the Senate bill is not perfect, but he wants those here illegally to get on what the bill’s backers call a “path to citizenship” as soon as possible.

His push for the bill will take him to other states – California, Colorado, and Florida – later this month.

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