Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) issued a “final call” to his Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives to move forward on immigration reform this month or see President Barack Obama act by executive order to resolve the problem of undocumented migrants living in the United States.
Gutierrez, a leader on the issue of immigration, spoke at an event held by the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition.
“Look, if by July the 4th, my Republican friends and colleagues - and I say that sincerely - have not acted and have not presented a bill for comprehensive immigration reform, if they haven’t done it by then, then we know that there is only one action that will bring justice, freedom, respect for our community, and that is for the president of the United States to take his pen and free the 11 million undocumented workers in this nation from the tyranny of a broken immigration system,” he said.
Republicans have the month of June to act and bring to a vote an immigration reform bill before the July 4th recess, Gutierrez told Efe.
“The president is ready to act” if the GOP-controlled House fails to move a bill, he said.
The coalition event brought together Democratic political leaders from Illinois, executives from Fortune 500 companies and representatives of the state’s Latino and Asian business communities.
Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel were among the participants.
Some of those attending the meeting cited figures compiled by the American Action Network indicating that immigration reform would create some 106,000 jobs in Illinois and increase the state’s economic output by $1.8 billion.