The Boston bombing is not slowing down immigration reform efforts in Congress, an Illinois congressman says. U.S. Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-Chicago), who is part of a bipartisan group in the House of Representatives working on legislation, says the bombing at the Boston Marathon didn’t put the brakes on talks.
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“Last week, after the terrible tragedy on Patriots Day in Boston, our group, our bipartisan group met in the House of Representatives. We met Monday, we met Tuesday, we met Wednesday and we met with (other) members on Thursday,” he said. Gutierrez says this legislation is important, the House speaker considers it important, and the work has not stopped.
The surviving suspect in the Boston bombing (pictured) is a legal immigrant and naturalized citizen. Gutierrez says for those negotiating reform in Congress, that doesn’t enter into it. He says immigration reform will allow the $18 billion spent on enforcement to be directed at those who are criminals.
Gutierrez spoke at the City Club of Chicago, in a joint appearance with Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), the 2012 Republican candidate for vice president and one of the Republican immigration reform negotiators. The two have many priorities in common