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Congressman Luis Gutierrez

Representing the 4th District of Illinois

Rep. Gutiérrez On Supreme Court Cert Decision Re: Immigration Executive Actions

January 19, 2016
Press Release
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Rep. Gutiérrez On Supreme Court Cert

Decision Re: Immigration Executive Actions

“The President’s actions are not a substitute for Congressional action; they are a coping mechanism for Congressional inaction.”

Washington, DC – On Tuesday, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement reacting to the news that the Supreme Court would take up Texas v. United States, the lawsuit and injunction preventing implementation of the President’s executive action on immigration.  Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and an expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) – two components of President Obama’s application of prosecutorial discretion to potential deportees – lie in the balance.  The decision by the Supreme Court to take up the case means the legal fight delaying implementation of the President’s actions should be resolved later this year.  The following is a statement by Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez:

“We expected the Supreme Court to take up the case and we expect the President’s point of view will prevail.  The law, the legal precedent, and the people are on the President’s side. 

“Opponents of immigration and the President’s executive actions have tried to run out the clock on his presidency and want immigrants to remain in limbo, living and working here but always under the threat of imminent deportation.  Most Americans would prefer that long-term immigrants with families and lives in the US come forward to register, pay to be finger-printed, and submit to a rigorous background check.  Then, if individuals pass that test and can renew it every so often, always on a case-by-case basis, most Americans believe they should be allowed to work and to raise their families here until Congress eventually summons the courage to fix our immigration laws.

“We are not going to deport our way to law and order in immigration, nor build a big wall around America.  What we need is a legal immigration system that works so that we do not have a large number of immigrants vulnerable to deportation, leaving them and their families and businesses to cope with the dysfunctional reality.  The President’s actions are not a substitute for Congressional action; they are a coping mechanism for Congressional inaction.”

Rep. Gutiérrez represents the Fourth District of Illinois, is a Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, and the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.  He is the Co-Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

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