Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) talks to “Viewpoint” host Eliot Spitzer about Obama’s Deferred Action for Child Arrivals, a new immigration order that went into effect this week that allows young undocumented immigrants who meet specific criteria a chance to avoid deportation and work legally in the country for two years.
Gutierrez addresses Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s executive order in response to the law, which vows to keep any undocumented immigrants who qualify for the new work permits from gaining access to state “public benefits,” including the ability to get a driver’s license. (Read Brewer’s order here.)
Gutierrez cites the mistreatment of Irish and Chinese immigrants in decades past: “Those are the sad moments, that’s where Brewer — she’s among the sad moments. Then there’s the great moments, La Guardia, mayor of New York, and others who embraced immigrants, who have fought for immigrants and who have made America what it is today.”