GUTIÉRREZ MEETS WITH PRESIDENT TO DISCUSS DEPORTATIONS AND IMMIGRATION
Gutiérrez, CHC Chairman Hinojosa, and Rep. Becerra
Discuss Need For Administrative Relief
Washington, DC – This evening, three Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Chairman Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX), Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), and Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL), met with the President at the White House to discuss immigration and deportations. The following is a statement from Rep. Gutiérrez, Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the CHC, after the meeting:
“The President directed Secretary Jeh Johnson to review with the CHC a menu of options that can be implemented to reduce the pain of the current enforcement escalation and end the deportations that separate families.
“I will meet with Secretary Johnson next week to present options and then the entire CHC will meet with him to discuss those and other options the that Department of Homeland Security is developing when Congress returns after recess.
“Just as important, Republicans should step up to the plate and take action on immigration reform and not abandon the American people on this important issue. And in the absence of action by House Republicans, administrative action is imperative.
“It is clear that the pleas from the community got through to the President. The CHC will work with him to keep families together. The President clearly expressed the heartbreak he feels because of the devastating effect that deportations have on families.
“This began a new dialogue between the CHC and the White House that had been dormant for too long. The CHC Members who met with the President were adamant that the President needed to act. I agree with the President that the ultimate solution and responsibility for fixing our broken immigration system rests with the Republican majority in the House of Representatives and we will work together to demand Republicans take action.”
White House Read Out of Meeting:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 13, 2014
Readout of the President's Meeting with Congressional Hispanic Caucus Leadership
The President met with Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Ruben Hinojosa, CHC Immigration Task Force Chair Luis Gutierrez, and Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus Xavier Becerra in the Oval Office this evening. The discussion focused on their mutual efforts to pass commonsense immigration reform legislation through the House of Representatives this year. The President emphasized his deep concern about the pain too many families feel from the separation that comes from our broken immigration system. He told the members that he has asked Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to do an inventory of the Department’s current practices to see how it can conduct enforcement more humanely within the confines of the law. The President thanked the Members of the CHC for their work on these challenging issues, and expressed his strong desire to work together to put pressure on Congressional Republicans to pass bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform as soon as possible.
Read out from CHC Chairman Ruben Hinojosa
March 13, 2014
CHC MEETS WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA TO DISCUSS IMMIGRATION
Washington, DC- Today, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Rubén Hinojosa, CHC Immigration Task Force Chair Luis Gutierrez, and Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus Xavier Becerra, met with President Barack Obama, on behalf of the CHC, where they discussed the urgent need to provide relief to immigrant families being torn apart by our broken immigration system. The meeting was productive, and as a result, the Caucus will be meeting with Department of Homeland Secretary Jeh Johnson to continue moving forward in a constructive manner.
A permanent legislative solution is needed to truly fix our nation's broken immigration system. The CHC will continue to work with the President, the faith community, business and community leaders to put pressure on House Republican Leadership to allow a vote on H.R. 15, the bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.