Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) is fanning the racial fires once again, accusing House Republicans of being “anti-immigrant” and “xenophobic.” Gutiérrez’s comments were aired on Thursday’s Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC, and came in response to a discussion on immigration reform.
The California Congressman claimed that President Obama is being forced to use executive orders to grant amnesty to an estimated 6 million illegal immigrants because Republicans have allegedly blocked immigration reform.
Gutiérrez said, “There are a dozen very anti-immigrant, xenophobic members of the House of Representatives in the Republican majority that just have a stranglehold. We cannot have that. I think what the president is going to say is, look, there are people that have established themselves. I want a legislative solution. You’re not giving me one.”
“I think [the] president will pick a date. He’s going to say, let me see, of the 11 million undocumented workers in the United States, if you’ve been here ten years and you’ve established roots in your community, you have children, you’ve been married, you’ve been working, very important, you can go through a vigorous background check. Provide your fingerprints, register with the government and show us you’ve been working and behaving, I’m going to give you a two-year permit to work in this country and free you,” he added.
Gutiérrez went on to say that such an executive order would grant amnesty to 6 million illegals, something he had already suggested to Fox News’ Neil Cavuto.
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This actually isn’t the first time Gutiérrez played the race card by calling Republicans xenophobic. Earlier this month, he claimed that Republicans were trying to appease a “very extreme, right wing, xenophobic faction of their party.”
In July of last year, Gutiérrez called Republicans xenophobic in Spanish, but refused to say the x-word in English.
And in 2011, the Congressman was arrested at a White House protest on immigration, referring to Republicans as “anti-immigrant, obviously xenophobic.” Oddly enough, Gutiérrez was protesting the ‘record’ number of deportations under Obama’s presidency.
Which could only mean that the President is also an ‘anti-immigrant xenophobe.’