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Congressman Luis with terrorists talked about the problem that the Obama administration has with its increased rate of deportation.
And how that is in fact alienating some in the Latino community.
Do you see that as a problem for the president going forward.
One I think that the problem.
For America is that we have a broken immigration system the president took an oath of office to -- the laws of the land.
Even if the laws aren't the best and in the case of immigration they're not the best.
If someone's in this country without documents.
They're deportable and the president is putting enforce the laws of the land.
But the president is also said.
He -- to fix the broken immigration system if for a cup Republicans weren't constantly.
Putting block -- to the passage of immigration reform.
We can it dealt with this in terms of the border security in terms of workplace making sure that only folks who have the right to work in this country are going to work and dealing with effectively that some ten million people probably in this -- -- you believe for quite some time congressman you believe that this is not a matter of the president not making it a priority during his first term which is something he had promised the Latino community he would do.
Find you have to remember that in 2010 when Democrats took control of the house and the senate.
The president was making phone calls the president was talking to members tried to make sure in the senate.
We passed the DREAM Act in the house Democrats with some Republican votes a bipartisan bill we passed the dream that.
In the senate he was out there working hard bipartisan trying to get support for that -- -- so he could sign it.
It's a lot and guess what we got 55 out of a hundred senators to vote for the DREAM Act.
-- -- -- -- -- That means it should have become law right right unfortunately Republicans.
Put up the blockade they use the procedural hurdle called the filibuster to deny a vote that had more than a majority of senators behind it.
From getting to the president that's -- be coming that legislation becoming law and so has the president tried absolutely his -- he strike had he been unable to fulfill his promise.
That's right Republicans have had their foot on the break of immigration reform and as a result it's been tough to get a pass.
I think the -- -- community has every right to expect that this federal government.
Will fix a broken immigration system to the -- every America wants to fix it.
But I also believe the -- to the community especially but all Americans will recognize that if you got to congress.
That's steady in your way of trying to get the reform done.
You can only take so much of that of the blame for not being able to fulfill your promise and I think in this case the president who's tried very hard.
Can say look if Republicans got out of the way.
We actually have a immigration reform done because we got 55 votes in the senate.
And most of most all of them except one were democratic vote so it can get down want it just you have to have the will on the congress to make it happen and that's -- Republicans.
At this doctors obstructionism and we could make it that make it happen.
Well congress -- there.
When you look at something like the DREAM Act congressman -- -- terrorist says to me you know what we could peel it back instead of granting citizenship rights the people.
Who qualify as having come to this country with their parents -- at a very young age now in college or in the military.
Instead just -- the deportations.
Just allow them to stay in the country.
And then -- work under citizen's status citizenship status at a later date.
Would you be agreeable to that.
While we've had a bipartisan DREAM Act to deal with the just the excruciating circumstance affected -- whole lot of young kids in America who've grown up here.
In every respect are fully American.
Many of them valedictorian to their high school ready to go on to give service in the military Ers go on to some great university.
Or stop in new tracks because innocently they find themselves the children of folks who are documented.
I think across the country people want to get this resolved.
We have a bill that's bipartisan that does that.
There are any number of ways you can try to get there the important thing I think about congress would give us was trying to point out is that we can get there.
And we should let the perfect be the enemy enemy of the good but at the same time let's not -- Play political games with something that affects the lives of so many families we can get it done if Republicans are interested in helping us get it done.
Then hopefully they won't do what they did in 2010 which is to block a bill that had more than a majority in the senate.
From going to the president's desk we can get there are some Republicans -- said their interest in doing it we haven't seen any legislation yet I have a feeling.
Those Republicans have talked about doing something haven't been able to get Republican support.
But hopefully we'll get it done because on something like this where a young man or woman is willing to go and serve in the military to.