Immigration Action Is Coming, Rep. Gutiérrez Says

August 28, 2014 — On MSNBC’s Mitchell Report with Andrea Mitchell, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) responded to questions about possible actions the President may take on immigration in the coming weeks. He said he hoped the President would provide temporary relief from deportation for immigrants who have lived in the United States for a number of years, could pass a criminal background check, pay processing fees, and meet other criteria. He said he and the President would have preferred a legislative solution, but that the President has been saying all year that if the Congress failed to act, he would take action. When the President announced on June 30, 2014 that Speaker of the House John Boehner had declared all chances for legislative action dead because Republicans were blocking it, the President again signaled he would act. Rep. Gutiérrez said he hoped the President would act in the coming weeks and that he is working with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to make sure the city is organized to respond to any executive action by registering immigrants and helping them comply with the policy, once announced.

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