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July 9th, 2014
09:29 PM ET

Gutierrez: 'Bothered' that Obama won't visit border

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois, a strong proponent of comprehensive immigration reform, said that he's disappointed in President Barack Obama's refusal to visit the southern U.S. border with Mexico.

"It does bother me,” he said on tonight's show about Obama not visiting the border. “I wish the President of the United States were going down [to the border] and visiting the children and visiting the site tonight."

Democratic Congressman questions Obama's immigration proposal
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  1. bk

    If it was the law passed in 2008 then this would have happened then. Surprise it only happened in 2012 when Obama said he would not send children back. A bill has been brought up to change the law to treat illegals like the ones from Mexico and Canada. Surprise no Democrat will vote for it, because they want the Hispanic vote. Obama and the Dems are destoying our country!

    July 16, 2014 at 11:07 pm | Reply
  2. DRJJ

    Those are new voters for Democrats. The least he could do would be shake their hands and welcome them.

    July 14, 2014 at 12:47 pm | Reply
  3. stingerhp

    It bothers me that the guy is still in Washington at all.. No plan for Iraq, no plan for the border, no plan for Israel, no plan for foreign affairs, no plan for anything but a pool game and a beer.. Wonderful president...

    July 13, 2014 at 10:20 am | Reply

    Maria Cardona (CNN contributor) argued that Obama SHOULD NOT go to the border to take up resources the whole interview YET at the end when presented that he did just that for Hurricane Sandy she she that HE SHOULD GO.

    This is indicative of a democrats/liberals stance on issues. They have serious problems thinking for themselves and most have ZERO common sense...'

    July 12, 2014 at 10:57 am | Reply
  5. Farrok

    Get these moochers out of our Nation. They are Not Citizens. Our own Citizens and Veterans do without and there is money for this trash? Kick them out and kick them out now. Our schools and roads are falling apart and the federal government lays out the red carpet for this riffraff?

    July 11, 2014 at 7:53 am | Reply
    • Charlotte

      Absolutely right! And did I hear Van Jones speak of rape and murder? Was he referring to the Child Protection Services of the United States? Liberals are absolutely insane.

      July 11, 2014 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  6. joamaeica

    Obama created this mess by executive order june 15, 2012

    Heres the story in the NYT june 15, 2012

    Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children will be allowed to remain in the country without fear of deportation and able to work, under an executive action the Obama administration announced on Friday.

    Administration officials said the president used existing legal authority to make the broad policy change, which could temporarily benefit more than 800,000 young people. He did not consult with Congress, where Republicans have generally opposed measures to benefit illegal immigrants.

    July 10, 2014 at 10:15 pm | Reply
    • kurt

      The current issue has nothing to do with that change.

      The current people aren't those who entered the US illegally. These aren't people who snuck across and were caught. They marched up to the border, found a border guard and asked to be taken in. Our current laws force the border guards to do just that because that's what we do with unaccompanied minors who aren't from Canada or Mexico.

      While I suppose it's possible they misunderstood the announcement and thought that any child found in the US would be allowed to stay, that doesn't explain why they're not sneaking in but rather walk up to the border guards from Mexico and ask for asylum. That sounds a lot more like they have been told about the 2008 law, not that they misunderstood a 2012 executive order which doesn't help them in the slightest.

      July 11, 2014 at 1:09 pm | Reply
      • countingdown

        What a crock! Not illegal? So then they were invited by the administration and allowed to just enter. You post more inaccurate, dumb, misinformation than anyone. Even some liberal news sources have reported seeing them crossing illegally.

        July 13, 2014 at 11:23 am |
    • jag

      Sorry, it was a law signed by G.W. Bush in 2008 that makes it illegal to immediately deport people coming to this country from Central America for humanitarian reasons. Obama is following that law.

      July 13, 2014 at 2:33 pm | Reply
    • Margaret

      @Joamwhateverurnameis: George W. Bush signed the law that requires minor aged children to not be deported. Does thinking conservatively require education? When in doubt, look it up before you state facts that are incorrect. Makes people sound ignorant.

      July 15, 2014 at 11:23 pm | Reply
    • southerngent

      jag Sorry, it was a law signed by G.W. Bush in 2008 that makes it illegal to immediately deport people coming to this country from Central America for humanitarian reasons. Obama is following that law.

      July 13, 2014 at 2:33 pm | Reply

      Margaret @Joamwhateverurnameis: George W. Bush signed the law that requires minor aged children to not be deported. Does thinking conservatively require education? When in doubt, look it up before you state facts that are incorrect. Makes people sound ignorant.

      July 15, 2014 at 11:23 pm | Reply

      Bush renewed the law that originated from Clinton and in 08 wording of which was modified by then senator Biden creating the invitation to these people. A democratic controlled congress in 08 would have overridden his veto because oh my God we are talking about children aren't we.

      Does thinking liberally require education? When in doubt, look it up before you state facts that is misinformation. Makes you sound ignorant.

      July 21, 2014 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  7. DRJJ

    He really should be out meeting his constituents!

    July 10, 2014 at 5:45 pm | Reply
  8. kurt

    Why should he visit?

    Congressed passed laws that give him no leeway on this.

    The law says these immigrants have to be allowed to come into the US. The law says we have to house and feed them and sent them through hearings to determine if they warrant asylum or not. And the law says that if they are denied asylum, they have to go through the full deportation process (rather then dumping them back across the border).

    And all of that is expensive.... but it doesn't give the president the leeway to change anything regarding it administratively like some other laws do.

    He could go and visit for a photo-op... but congress hasn't left him loopholes to adminstratively fix this. Even if going there made his opinion change, only congress can change those laws. The presidents opinion is really irrelevant on this issue because congress passed their laws on this in a very concrete way.

    Congress has to come to some sort of compromise agreement on how to handle this and pass a law. Otherwise, the president just carries out the laws on the books... which require more funds then congress has allocated due to the increase in immigrants.

    July 10, 2014 at 11:34 am | Reply
    • Smitty

      Nice try, but those pesky facts get in the way, face it Obumbles is a failure on all fronts except winning BIGGEST LIAR OF THE YEAR!!! lol

      July 10, 2014 at 3:08 pm | Reply
      • kurt

        Great when people reference "facts" without providing actual... facts.

        Here's a fact:

        The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 sets what the president must do regarding unaccompanied children from non-contiguous contries in the US and witholds any authority for the president to make exceptions or in any way bypass those rules.

        We are currenly following that law, which passed by unanimous consent with no objection in the senate and house and that's what's caused the huge backlog.

        Do you dispute those as being fact?

        July 10, 2014 at 4:49 pm |
    • countingdown

      Why should he visit?

      Leadership, leadership, leadership! Wow, you are truly clueless.

      July 14, 2014 at 8:24 am | Reply
    • Lizzie

      Nice try, he ONLY tells Eric Holder to enforce the laws that HE likes. Why would he tell Holder NOT to enforce E-verify, or to fine employers who hire ILLEGALS, like Pelosi and Reid

      July 14, 2014 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  9. The GOP Solution

    The GOP Prayer/Mantra/Solution: Dear God...With your loving kindness, help us to turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Female, and Gay people into slaves. Then, with your guidance and compassion, we will whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Male, and Straight. Or until they are dead. God...Grant us the knowledge to then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military during the next "unfunded/off-the-books" war. God...Give us the strength during our speeches to repeatedly yell........TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH!!!..........and........GET RID OF SS AND MEDICARE!!!
    In your name we prey (purposely misspelled, or is it?)........Amen

    July 10, 2014 at 10:04 am | Reply
    • Gunderson

      Also GOP want make all those border jumpers ward of State. How much you going to contribute GOP Solution??? Can you adopt say a thousand???

      July 10, 2014 at 11:11 am | Reply
      • Lizzie

        wrong, but then you believe anything to suit you. The Gov. of Maryland told everyone that he will welcome all those border jumpers,

        July 14, 2014 at 1:04 pm |
    • countingdown

      I'm BACK, I see you are still copy / pasting cry baby sh it, also see other people have slammed you for your stupidity. Do da wittle brain hurdt tying to com up wif somben new.

      July 13, 2014 at 11:46 am | Reply
    • Typical Low Information Government For Me

      The Entire DEM / LIBERAL – Solution / Platform In A Single Paragraph

      The Typical Government For Me Liberal Prayer/Solution:
      Dear obama...With your ability to get idiots like me to believe your BS,, help us to turn all the Old, Sick, Rich, White, Christian, Female, and Straight people into our slaves. Then, with your weakness and lack of leadership or understanding of government, we will whip them until they are older, sicker, poorer, mixed, atheist, other, and in general like me or until they are dead and then turn them into Soylent Green to feed our younguns when America is attacked again ( because of your stupidity in releasing terrorist )..... All mighty liar in chief...Grant us continued lack of knowledge so that we may blindly follow your perpetual screw ups and destruction of democracy...........My saviour and king ...Give us the strength during our speeches to repeatedly lie as good as you, blame Bush, say I didn't know until I heard it on the news, blame it on a video, not a smiggen of corruption, tell them they can keep (fill in blank______________________), we are not spying on Americans, ........

      PLEASE, ALMIGHTY ONE, TAX THE RICH AND TAKE ALL THEIR MONEY, I NEEDS MORE FREE STUFF!!!..........and screw the middle class because I don't want to be like them I just want what they got.........


      Oh your name we PREY (MISSPELLED ON PURPOSE).

      July 14, 2014 at 8:29 am | Reply
    • Lizzie

      Like the democrats, who make sure that the poor stay in public housing (so they know where they are), provide foodstamps, medical care, clothing (2x a year), keep them dependent on government, just like on the good old plantation.

      July 14, 2014 at 1:10 pm | Reply
  10. Hector Slagg

    Well, Good Buddy,
    Obama can't be bothered with the duties of President. That would interfere with his constant campaign He is trying to make the country into a 3rd World Country. Can't you see that. All those flooding the southern border are going to have it worse here than in their own country. You and your Liberal buddies saw to that. We have an 18 Trillion Dollar Federal debt and mandates galore handed out by the Liberals. Be careful what you wish for good buddy, you just might get it.

    July 10, 2014 at 7:08 am | Reply
    • Smitty

      I agree, problem is most people cant. They are blinded by the biggest liar of the years bull

      July 10, 2014 at 3:10 pm | Reply

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