"Rather than protecting our borders, this administration has decided to protect us from Windex-wielding cleaning ladies taking their children to school, or shopping for their families, hundreds of miles away from the border and deep in Latino communities," said Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., chairman of the Democratic Caucus Immigration Task Force.
Delivering this week's Democratic Hispanic radio address, Gutierrez cast President Bush as more interested in a virtual ethnic cleansing of Hispanic neighborhoods than in legitimate border control.
"The president has allowed anti-immigrant extremists to take control of his party's immigration agenda and to promote mean-spirited, misguided, and malicious anti-immigrant policies," Gutierrez said.
He also blasted as "extreme factions" House Republicans who oppose giving undocumented farm workers legal residency.
Said Gutierrez: "We deserve better. Because America, as it has for generation after generation, depends on our hard-working immigrants, and America deserves an immigration policy as dependable as they are."