4:52pm June 6, 2013

Rep. Luis Gutierrez Gives Update on Immigration Bill in House, King Amendment

Rep Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus talks during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) gave an update on the state of play for comprehensive immigration reform in the House.  ”We will have a bill week after next,” Gutierrez said today off the House floor.

It was a rough ride in the House this week for immigration reform as one member of the House’s “gang of 8,” Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) dropped out of the group.  Today, House Republicans added the “King Amendment,” offered by Rep. Steve King (R-IA), to the larger 2014 Department of Homeland Security spending bill.

King’s amendment passed 224-201.  Only 6 Republicans in the House voted against the measure and ony 3 Democrats voted in favor of it.

Republicans argue that a part of an order by President Obama allowing officials to focus deportation efforts on illegal immigrants somehow discourages enforcement again children brought to the U.S. by parents illegally.  Republicans call Obama’s orders “administrative amnesty.”

“The President does not have the authority to waive immigration law, nor does he have the authority to create it out of thin air, and he’s done both with these Morton memos in this respect,” King said regarding his amendment.


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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is an opinion journalist, comms expert and political analyst focused on justice reform policy. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of Black members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke was a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin, Hardball and Up on MSNBC, WVON in Chicago, WURD in Philadelphia and WOL and WHUR in Washington, D.C. She is currently the Managing Editor of Politic365 and a contributing writer for TheRoot and NBC Black where she writes opinion and analysis. Additionally, Ms. Burke has been a contract photographer for Associated Press since 2004. She has authored three books of photography including two on President Obama's 2008 campaign for the presidency and one with Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee. Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. Here e-mail is: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. Instagram: LVB325.



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