US Congressman Luis Gutierrez talks immigration reform in Brownsville
POSTED: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 4:55pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 9:59am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — "Let's take the good people, set them aside allow them to come legally and restore families, heal the families, that's comprehensive immigration reform." Said Democrat US Congressman Luis Gutierrez from Illinois.
In front of a standing room only crowd at the University of Texas at Brownsville Tuesday Democrat Representative Luis Gutierrez from Illinois who was the first Latino elected to Congress from the Midwest and is helping to draft a bipartisan bill aimed at immigration reform spoke to supporters.
The congressman is part of a group of 8 Democrat and Republican Representatives working on legislation that if passed would allow undocumented immigrants to gain legal status and a path to citizenship, but only after certain border security provisions are met.
"We are trying to fix our broken immigration system so we can bring people out of the shadows, get them right with the law, make ourselves safer, we have to deal with the border, we have to make sure we secure it, but also need to make sure those that are working here are qualified to work, also registered with the government, it's fixing our broken immigration system, but in the end let's keep families together especially those are American citizen children." said Gutierrez.
Immigrations groups came to UTB to show their support for Legislation.
"The dream to come to this country to better the family, to be here is a more secure country, and they want the best for the family and that's the American dream and hope it comes true for immigration reform." said Ramona Casas with ARISE.
Gutierrez says he feels confident this legislation will pass.
"In the Senate you have the majority leader and you have the minority leader McConnell and Reid in agreement we are going to move this, show me on the issue of guns when you have republics and democrats working together, show me on the budget where you have Republicans and Democrats working together." said Gutierrez.