Part 1: Congressman Gutierrez Talks to Williams
In a Fox News Latino exclusive, Juan Williams interviews Congressman Luis Gutierrez of Illinois (D).
- Duration 12:03
- Date May 21, 2012
In a Fox News Latino exclusive, Juan Williams interviews Congressman Luis Gutierrez of Illinois (D).
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Thank you for joining us for this Fox News Latino exclusive an interview.
With congressman Luis -- terrorists of Illinois congressman thank you so much for joining us it's been having one congressman.
President Obama has deported more Latinos than any president in American history and yet you supported for president line.
Well good because there are issues such as programs getting kids through college.
The fact deflecting balls are probably the least represented when you look at who had health care in the United States.
Support is project that's expanded health care facilities let -- look.
We have an issue with the president when it comes to.
Is that why you see in the terrorist family she's my -- side.
And my daughter test cost 24 years old ones.
Girl might potter.
And she said -- this terrible.
The deportations what are we going to do you know the elections are -- up.
And you know the president and she -- something like in and then we get invited to the White House just you know -- arm that will.
She's a reflection.
Leo and that exists.
And disillusionment that access.
And my wife said -- but will vote for Barack Obama and I think that that is.
A tendency -- -- And right now when you have gone to President Obama both man from Illinois you knew him back when he was in the state legislature.
And now you know him as a senator and as president of the United States he has failed to use his powers.
To ameliorate some of the damage being done by the failure to pass any immigration legislation.
So why isn't he doing more.
You know it's kind of like this I think that the administration.
One goes out there and says.
We've got more people and attention than ever before.
-- deported more people than ever before we've reduced the illegal immigration.
To the United States last one a year at least number of you know we've done all these things to secure the border and they expect pat on the back the fact that the Republican -- never -- -- on the back.
The fact -- that Mitt Romney's proposals this self deportation.
A proposal which by the way.
Is so extreme.
That I mean it's more extreme than than McCain then obviously than George Bush who actually try to press conference -- immigration reform.
I mean I haven't -- whether Clinton and I haven't served -- president at the kind of extreme policy.
That so while the president of the United States in his administration deported more people.
And that's the thing that comes to think about it Latinos mind right and I come on health care he's great on education.
But the thing that comes to their mind this.
-- and the members and neighbors people that I love and care about being deported so.
Back back to your questions I think there's that going right to -- this pressure from the Republican Party to more and more and they never bit you know what with the President Clinton and president.
And I'm ever going to say thank you.
And I'm going to recognize what you do is gonna ask for more what we need to do is begin to develop the opposite of pro immigration president.
Which we elected.
Well the -- hold on congressman.
When Barack Obama ran for president he promised that within his first term he would pass immigration reform legislation.
He's not done anything close to that he's not even made it a priority.
When in the second year of his administration.
In May of -- your ministers and I was taken away in handcuffs in front of the White House.
Because I was the -- means that the leader of my party for.
My -- and somebody that I supported for president but the leader of the United States of America wasn't keeping the promise that you.
I've done that twice.
I've made very clear I'm sure you you've been around Washington long enough to know that.
I'm probably not the first person on the list for a state dinner at the White House but.
I am I believe a reflection.
And anger that exists and the Latino community group community within the broad -- immigrant community in the states of America.
But when we see -- president.
That stands up for health care of the stands up for programs that stands up for community -- and I think once you -- -- -- in Washington DC.
It's not this or nothing it's this or the alternative and that fact -- Well just yesterday the governor -- of New Mexico.
It's just -- back and said.
-- these two.
Extreme Suzanne Martin Susanna Martinez I think you've seen we have senator rubio with that.
Republican Party have to take a step back and recalibrate its position.
I think many people would -- -- the Republican Party.
Why is that they one week it was like let's double offense all the next and that wasn't good enough why don't we put some electricity on but now that we need.
I mean that is extreme policies and let's face Latino vote on the -- something that we track the path the DREAM Act passed -- -- house.
216 to 191.
There were talented and sixteen both.
208 of them were Democrats and in the senate they were -- -- -- votes for cloture 51 Democrats or Republicans so.
People take all of that -- -- consideration but.
-- -- here and be an apologist for the immigration policies of this administration.
He can do so much more I just wish -- that they -- about Republicans are well I think I think it about the country uranium it.
When you're a Democrat let's think about Democrats and President Obama for second John McCain came for an exclusive interview with Fox News Latino last week.
And he said.
Why don't you talk about Barack Obama's failure when he was senate to support a guest worker program because he was so in -- with the unions.
That refused to approve a guest worker program.
You know here's here's the Barack Obama I remember saying one -- we have to do it when it comes to immigration to be my arms -- member or after the debacle in 2007 and we didn't pass comprehensive immigration reform in the senate the second time.
What's the next thing that happened George Bush went back it was there -- getting ready for the elections so they -- the border.
It was just -- there was nothing else in it.
And -- even though Senator Kennedy voted against that fence even though Dick Durbin from -- -- voted against.
Barack Obama voted for -- and -- he thinks about enforcement first and foremost.
And what we have been challenging him is to not think simply about enforcement in a vacuum but to think about how it is.
It US president of the United States of America.
Make a promise that you gonna take people out of the shadows bring them into the light of day afford them an opportunity.
What you deporting them massively that you cannot keep.
Response let's go to Republican ticket you clearly think that.
Mitt Romney the likely Republican nominee is radical on this issue of immigration with self deportation.
By -- also meeting with a man who may be his vice presidential pick Florida senator Marco Rubio a Republican.
What are -- been talking to rubio about on the -- well.
We asked rubio -- meet with that is members of this man can.
-- -- -- -- he came out we met he's not a member of the caucus now he's not a member of that none of the Republican opponent of the Hispanic Republicans members.
-- point is he came down.
He told us he gives us some of the outlines of his proposal he opposes the DREAM Act as you proposed yet he does he gave it its proposal he says to me when he was here for -- Fox News Latino exclusive.
It'll lead to chain migration it will reward people with citizenship who have not earned it that's what you sense how do you respond when he says that to you here.
What I look I tried to look at the cop and why should that the fees be apple right and I think to myself.
You know why we really don't want anyone I know we really don't have a legislative problem when it comes to -- it well.
The deportation problem because the president of the United States of America can -- it already already.
Bet that in him and say you know what.
I'm gonna do just like when those Cuban refugees land on the shores of Florida I'm on a -- them in place and authority I have.
And then give them.
Can't -- -- -- you work permit and driver's right.
So hot right he hasn't done it.
Not an I think -- finance sold one rule Leo comes to the table.
I think he's sincere.
He's saying you know -- You look what's the problem that you -- and the deportations.
And I opposed the problem I want and deportation.
And I think what would will be always saying is here's what I can do this is what is possible for me to bring Republicans hole.
A year and apple -- wouldn't vote for that for cloture on the DREAM Act so that we can get the boat.
But will open this well -- -- -- Okay are you satisfied with the DREAM -- -- he proposal which would not bring citizenship.
Two young people who served in the military who were in college and here's my point -- make -- absolutely I am going work and to of the day.
That undocumented workers including dreams through a cheap because I really think that's fundamental to who we -- as a nation.
That that citizenship that is.
-- commit to the United States of America I don't want to America one.
That have that commitment and one that are kinda on the outskirts so.
-- Here's I see I -- young people getting deported.
Kids that you and I would bottom it's of this program and America would hit -- in -- a lot of merit to what -- -- that young man that young lady.
Yet they're being deported.
So instead of me looking at all here's the president here -- rubio.
I don't I just work with anybody and everybody.
Regardless of political affiliation regardless of motivation that gets us to stopping the -- -- you're gonna support rubio is.
Version of the agreement just please -- -- the quest up.
And -- -- that -- like to put it it's a contact sport.
The first person to sit down to speak accidentally.
About -- from my side of the out with me Arab member of -- are you don't get as -- a lot that when he's my president are you gonna get a view on the Oval Office -- -- That the -- knee jerk reaction.
He hasn't presented on that.
-- -- he said that he's going to have to meridian a couple of weeks.
-- think he's sincere I think he's genuine and he brings forward a proposal.
I'm ready to work I think the real fundamental question isn't whether or not I'm gonna support -- want.
If he's got a proposal.
I work will be I'm telling you even at its watered down and does not grant citizenship -- it it it's watered down and does not grant citizenship it's about the deportation.
And does it exclude them from becoming citizens doesn't stop that from happening.
Yet and I think we can -- that but here's the real problem.
I think even -- happy optimistic.
And fifteen people and I think they'll be fifteen Democrats and they can get passed the senate.
In the house -- represented as I told you earlier we passed it to sixteen.
219 88 of those Republicans of the 266.
Of them aren't there anymore.
You get past that Lamar Smith and the Judiciary Committee and -- -- party kinda in fuels.
-- and Republican caucus which -- them later.
The -- -- -- And does seem like he really -- don't know how we can do.