Rep. Luis Gutierrez: Executive Action Could Legaize 5 Million

Friday, 25 Jul 2014 01:53 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
President Barack may be able to legalize as many as 5 million immigrants by executive action, Rep. Luis Gutierrez told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Friday.

The Illinois Democrat said he was meeting with Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson later in the day "to negotiate additional terms and avenues the president can use" to make that happen with executive action.

"I think we can get 3 or 4, maybe even 5 million people" legalized as a result, he said.

Story continues below video.

%%

Gutierrez also said it's unlikely that children in Central America who want to come to the United States will be able to obtain refugee status.

A plan under consideration by the administration would screen children and young adults in Honduras to see if they would qualify for refugee status on humanitarian grounds, allowing them to enter the United States.

"There is really very little in our law . . . unless we declare them refugees, and I don't see that happening. [It] doesn't mean I don't think it should happen. It's just I don't see that happening," Gutierrez said.

A way to stem the surge of people illegally crossing the southern U.S. border "to seek out the American dream" would be to aid the impoverished Central American countries from which they are fleeing, Gutierrez said.

"I think we should have a program that allows Central America to thrive, and that we invest in those countries," he said. "Severe violence and severe poverty are going to bring people to America to seek refuge here. And, the way you stop that from happening is creating conditions there."

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Utah Lawmaker Questions City Water Going to NSA

Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 18:02 PM

 . . .

Ex-SEAL to Newsmax: Why I Shot Bin Laden in the Head

Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 17:22 PM

Robert O'Neill, the former Navy SEAL who shot and killed Osama bin Laden, told Newsmax TV that the 9/11 mastermind signe . . .

Obamacare Signups Inflated by 380,000 Dental Subscribers

Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 17:17 PM

Obamacare signups were inflated with 380,000 dental subscribers, falsely jacking up the total number of enrollees above  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved