News

Rep. Gutierrez: Action Soon on Immigration, Please

Rep. Gutierrez: Action Soon on Immigration, Please

An Illinois congressman says the president would be wise to act soon on immigration.

President Obama says he’ll announce some sort of executive action to deal with illegal  immigrants before the end of summer. U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Chicago) says some Democrats – he wouldn’t name names – want the president to wait until after the election, but Gutierrez says the time to act is now.

“It is better that the president make the decision now, clearly before the American public in a transparent manner before the election, and then let — in our democratic system — people know what that public policy is, before they go to election,” he said in a conference call with reporters.

Gutierrez says he doesn’t know what the president will do, but he wants a policy under which illegal immigrants can register with the government and avoid deportation if they have no criminal history.

Legislation on immigration has stalled in Congress; the president has some latitude to establish priorities within the executive branch and has promised to announce new policies. Gutierrez says whatever is within the president’s executive authority will be short of what Congress could do by statute.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

Robin gig has gone to the girls

jenamalone

The superhero sidekick is set for a sex change in the upcoming "Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice" film.

in Music

Led Zeppelin plagiarism case to be heard in Pa.

2012 Kennedy Center Honorees and members of the band Led Zeppelin, from left, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and Robert Plant chat on the red carpet after arriving at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors Performance and Gala Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 at the State Department in Washington.

Led Zeppelin have lost the first round in their plagiarism battle over mega-hit "Stairway to Heaven."

in Entertainment

Jay Leno is the funniest man in America

jayleno

The former "Tonight Show" host received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center Honors.