Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) announced that he will join the House Judiciary Committee, stepping away from a plum post as the third ranking Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, so that he can fight for immigration reform. As Rep. Gutierrez stated, “passing comprehensive immigration reform is my passion and my commitment to my constituents and immigrants all across our country…I felt I must be on the Judiciary Committee during this Congress to help the others on the Committee get immigration reform to the finish line.”
The following is a reaction from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice Education Fund:
He’s the immigration reform movement’s leader and champion, and we’re heartened to see Rep. Gutierrez put himself in a position to join fellow immigration champions like Rep. Zoe Lofgren on the House Judiciary Committee. On the heels of both President Obama’s and Vice President Biden’s pledges that immigration reform is a top Obama Administration priority, and alongside both parties’ political imperative to enact real reform, today’s news is yet another sign that immigration reform is up in 2013.