Gutierrez says House must hold vote on immigration

2013-06-29T12:30:00Z 2013-06-29T23:12:20Z Gutierrez says House must hold vote on immigrationThe Associated Press The Associated Press
June 29, 2013 12:30 pm  • 

CHICAGO | Congressman Luis Gutierrez says supporters of comprehensive immigration reform must make their voices heard as the debate shifts to the House of Representatives.

Gutierrez joined fellow Illinois Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin on Saturday at a meeting of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.

Durbin was part of a bipartisan group that drafted legislation approved by the Democrat-controlled Senate this week. The measure would strengthen security along the Mexican border and provide a path to citizenship for immigrants living in the U.S. unlawfully.

But the bill's prospects are uncertain in the Republican-led House.

Gutierrez is part of a bipartisan group of seven lawmakers that have drafted a bill there. He says the House will have its own process but "it must be one in which we're given a vote."

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