Gutierrez praises Obama for easing deportation policy

August 30, 2011 4:05:10 PM PDT
Immigration reform advocates joined Congressman Luis Gutierrez Tuesday in praising President Obama for easing U.S. deportation policy.

Gutierrez was applauded in the offices of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. He stressed that the changes are not amnesty or legalization but they will entitle 300,000 residents who are scheduled for deportation to a review of their cases while they remain in this country.

"And here's our hope. That the students, the young men and women, will be left behind here in the United States of America. That those in the Armed Forces and their spouses will be left behind here in the United States of America," said Gutierrez.

Gutierrez chairs the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Immigration Task Force.