Gutierrez to Bush: Pass immigration reform

Nov. 27, 2004 at 12:19 PM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., used the weekly Hispanic radio address Saturday to challenge President Bush's claim to seek immigration reform.

"In recent weeks, we have heard a lot of talk from the Administration about immigration and their commitment to reform," said Gutierrez. "While we welcome the debate, it has been almost a year since the President first talked about fixing the flaws in the system."

Specifically, Gutierrez challenged the White House to renounce Arizona's Proposition 200, which Gutierrez called "divisive, destructive and dangerous."

He also called on the Republican-controlled Congress to act on the SOLVE Act.

Gutierrez said the lack of changes in U.S. immigration policy is hurting families: "For an administration that claims to place so much emphasis on family values, this issue seems like an important place to begin. But sadly, nothing has been done. Because America, as it has for generation after generation, depends on our hard-working immigrants, America deserves an immigration policy as dependable as they are."

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