Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Democrat Threatens: Push Immigration Reform or I'll Keep My People Home

This irks me in so many different ways. For one, it's disturbing that Representative Luis Gutierrez thinks he has so much power over so many people. Arrogant. Two, we are a nation that wants everything and wants it now. We're so spoiled and entitled. Three, Obama has enough opposition from the republicans that it seems democrats ought not to be publicly making threats, especially if they're trying to accomplish something. Four, there is no question in my mind that Obama will take on immigration reform. It's a necessity. People just need to have patience. There is a lot in this nation to be fixed.
A congressman from the president’s home state is threatening that he will urge Latino voters to stay home this November if the Democratic Party does not make a concerted effort to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (Ill.) is arguably President Barack Obama’s biggest Democratic critic in Congress. And he’s not fond of Obama’s top advisers at the White House, either.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) member has strongly criticized the administration’s policy on deportation and questioned its commitment to far-reaching reform.

Some Democrats have felt little urgency in pursuing the controversial issue, partly because they see no risk that Hispanic voters will bolt the party for the GOP. But Gutierrez says they are missing the real political consequence of inaction.

“We can stay home,” Gutierrez said in an interview with The Hill. “We can say, ‘You know what? There is a third option: We can refuse to participate.’ ”the Hill
Gutierrez obviously is one of those who thinks Obama walks on water. Obama hasn't failed to keep his commitment. He's two years in:
When Gutierrez talks about his old Chicago neighbor, he speaks of “anger, disillusionment, dissatisfaction” and “betrayal.” He says Obama has failed to keep his campaign commitment to immigration reform, and he decries what he calls an “enforcement-only” policy in which the administration has deported more undocumented immigrants than in the final year of the George W. Bush administration.