Rep Louis Gutierrez- D Il is hopeful that the House can pass immigration reform legislation before the November elections. Gutierrez claims to have the support of 200 colleagues in the House leaving him 17 short of the necessary majority.
“I am very confident the House can act quickly on legislation,” he said on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” program. “We are still going to need Republican support ... We don’t need a lot of Republicans, but you need some.”
There have been some indications that the Democrats may try to push through some legislation soon. House Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman Xavier Becerra (Calif.) said Tuesday that it is possible that Congress may address immigration reform this year. This comes on the heels of President Obama’s speech last week urging Congress to work quickly on immigration reform.
Republicans continue to argue that they will not support immigration reform until the southern border is secured. With both parties agreeing on the need for additional border security, Gutierrez hopes to entice a few Republicans to have the political courage to move on immigration reform this year.
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