Rep. Luis Gutierrez, an Illinois Democrat who has certainly not been afraid to criticize members of his own party on the issue of immigration, said one needs only to look at the Senate to find Democrats who are positioning themselves on immigration with their own political hides in mind.
“I think there are sectors of our party, more in the Senate than anywhere else, that are concerned about their own political viability, either of the party or their own particular candidacies in the Democratic party, and I think that’s what’s fundamentally wrong,” Mr. Gutierrez said Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “When public policy is defined through electoral goals and the goals of a party, then human rights and civil rights always suffer.”
“Number one, no one tells me that privately because they know better,” he added. “But I have heard it — it’s not something I haven’t heard. It’s always a political consideration.”
Mr. Gutierrez said he would shortly be going to the White House to meet with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and White House counsel to talk about additional avenues President Obama can use in terms of prosecutorial discretion.
Mr. Gutierrez said that Democrats in the House have been very clear on how to deal with the current crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border: “Do not change the law and let the president use his prosecutorial discretion.”