Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) commented on the leak of a White House immigration proposal, first reported on by USA Today, portions of which were later published by the Miami Herald. The following is a statement by Rep. Gutierrez, Chairman of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and a Member of the House Judiciary Committee and the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security:
"The fact that the President is preparing a serious, thoughtful proposal is more evidence that things are moving in the right direction.
"That the President's plan got leaked to the press doesn't really change anything. We have known that the President is preparing a bill and that at the same time, tremendous progress is being made in Congress towards bipartisan immigration reform.
"Progress towards a bipartisan solution continues and I am very optimistic, so there is no need for the President to introduce his bill at this time. What is needed -- and is always needed -- is for the President and the American people to continue to put pressure on Washington to act swiftly on immigration reform. We can't let inertia, politics, gridlock, or other important fights on other issues to get in the way of an immigration bill this year. I am extremely optimistic that we are on track for an immigration reform bill signing this year, and I think that will happen sooner rather than later."