Today, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on “The President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws” but has not acted in a substantive way to address immigration reform. Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL), in his prepared opening statement, said that rather than attack the President and accuse him of not faithfully enforcing laws, the time of the Judiciary Committee would be better spent passing laws that are enforceable, especially when it comes to immigration. As for the topic of the hearing, Congressman Gutiérrez said, “When it comes to whether the President has broad discretion on whether to prosecute a violation of the law, there really is no debate.”
The following are the Congressman’s remarks from the hearing as prepared for delivery. Also appended is an op-ed on immigration reform, “Immigration: You Cannot Do Nothing,” which appeared in today’s edition of The Hill newspaper.
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