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Gutierrez Urges Obama to Act on Immigration

Gutierrez Urges Obama to Act on Immigration

With immigration reform unlikely to be considered in Congress this year, an Illinois congressman is calling on President Obama to act on his own to stop deportations.

U.S. Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-Chicago) had set a deadline of July 4 to see if the Republican-controlled House would act on immigration reform. Now, he’s urging the president to take executive action to stop undocumented immigrants from being removed from the country, especially those who have children born in the U.S.

Gutierrez hopes Obama isn’t concerned with Republican opposition. “The question is: How broad, how expansive, how wide, how generous is it going to be?” Gutierrez said. “And what we say to the president is: be as broad and wide and as expansive and generous as the Republicans are mean-spirited.”

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights estimates 50,000 children of undocumented immigrants in the state have had a parent deported.

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