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Tonight congressman Luis Gutierrez from Illinois -- was arrested yesterday while protesting outside the White House.
-- ought to do -- immigration the congressman joins us now from Washington.
So what exactly were you protesting.
And why did you feel you need to be arrest.
Well you know I met with the president last December.
And He said -- There's nowhere we're gonna make any progress on comprehensive immigration reform until after the next presidential elections we just won't be able to advance that cause.
And I said well then it's time for you Mr.
President to use your prosecutorial discretion and at least help.
Groups of immigrants that you can.
Starting with the dream kids young kids that have come here to this country American soldiers whose lives are on the orders of deportation American citizens and their wives and their families as it.
You know maybe it's only a million men and -- half of the twelve million but it's a good start -- you have and He simply said.
I will not use the prosecutorial discretion that I have to help those people.
Did He made a pretty big promise when He when I was campaigning with a minority get the -- of a lot of people who care immensely about the city.
-- do you feel betrayed that He would use his power to give a blanket pardon to people involved in situations where.
You believe they should be allowed to stay in the United States.
-- But the president spoke to -- ross' this this week the president pretty radicalize group I think they're further left than you are.
I mean they don't like any kind of border security they want amnesty for all the people here.
They object almost every kind of measure to control illegal immigration.
And yet the president feels comfortable -- do you think he's just posturing.
Yeah I think we miss them I'm very happy thank -- for bringing that up so when He was that national council that I thought He said there are those that want me to think please get.
The congress of the United States and use powers and that chant was overwhelming.
The people began to chant that the president yes you can't yes -- -- is taking a year so what.
Yeah they have taken they have taken my position.
It's a position that this community understands very well the president has that this you know what already -- to settle this argument whether you have the power not.
Lamar Smith has legislation.
Introduced in congress called the -- to take the discretionary power away from the press -- -- -- much.
Let's be realistic police and the reason I like you.
As a congressman.
You and I disagree on a lot of things but you your beliefs are -- itself.
You do you really believe -- you don't have any political.
You're not pandering this is what you believe in and that's our respect that -- President Obama knows if He takes -- view.
If He tries to circumvent.
Even in a cause that you feel it's just you -- lose votes it's gonna hurt him.
And and his LAL he's all about get reelect.
OK so national council left -- -- three years ago right.
Three years ago He comes and and then McCain is there to and He says there are children who arrived home.
To find their parent's missing there are children that I torn from their mother's arms.
There ice agents committing raids and they have no access to legal counsel all these things are wrong and it's time for a change that's president Barack Obama.
Candidate all I'm trying to do -- -- some consistency between the candidate and his description of our community and what He said He died -- used to revise any asset values that retains.
-- know this guy here from the same state are you surprised He hasn't stepped up.
I got thirty tech T surprise you know what you know what I am I have to tell you you know already I sent them a letter with three other congressmen on Friday.
He wrote us back on Monday.
You know He made public those letters both the letter we sent him to the media.
I gotta tell you I was -- that the response at the lack of empathy.
That was in those -- back to us so.
I gotta say yes.
-- -- -- congress really appreciate it we -- -- -- send you to jail thanks for coming on and.
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