- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 7, 2014

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Illinois Democrat, said waiting until after November to address immigration reform may be a smart political move, but isn’t the best public policy for the illegal immigrants who will be deported between now and then.

“Playing it safe might win an election,” said Mr. Gutierrez, Illinois Democrat, on ABC’s “This Week.” “But it almost never leads to justice, leads to fairness, leads to good public policy you can be proud of.”

The president announced Saturday that he would wait until after the midterm elections to issue an executive order on immigration reform. Many say it is a political move to protect vulnerable congressional Democrats in Republican states.

Mr. Gutierrez said he expects to be meeting with the White House this week to continue to work on a solution, saying that he would not give up on reforming the immigration laws.

While he noted that the Latino vote played a large role in the 2012 elections — even in states like North Carolina where Democratic Sen. Kay R. Hagan is facing a tough re-election bid — he said the president’s decision to wait is causing anger in the Latino community.

“While we wait until November because that’s the president’s decision, there are going to be another 60,000 people deported,” Mr. Gutierrez said. “There’s a lot of pain and anger.”

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