Gutiérrez: Obama Abandoning ‘Our Values and Principles’ on Immigration

‘It’s clear that playing it safe is what is going on at the White House and among Democratic circles’

Gutiérrez: Obama ‘Playing It Safe’ on Immigration, Abandoning ‘Our Values and Principles’ (National Review Online)

Representative Luis Gutiérrez (D., Ill.) warned that President Obama’s decision to delay executive action on immigration until after the November midterms could have the reverse effect that Democrats are hoping for: Latino voters may stay home as a result, rather than get behind vulnerable Democratic candidates in tough races.

Appearing on This Week, he credited the community’s support for helping Democrats keep control of the Senate in 2008, 2010, and 2012, as well as helping the president win the White House.

“It’s clear that playing it safe is what is going on at the White House and among Democratic circles,” said Gutiérrez, one of the most vocal Democrats on the issue of immigration reform, who last month predicted the president would grant legal status to as many as 6 million people in the country illegally. “‘Playing it safe’ means walking away from our values and principles.”

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