Luis Gutierrez threatens to discourage Latino voting unless amnesty; says there might be civil disobedience
(Rep. Luis Gutierrez) is threatening that he will urge Latino voters to stay home this November if the Democratic Party does not make a concerted effort to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
..."We can stay home," Gutierrez said in an interview with The Hill. "We can say, 'You know what? There is a third option: We can refuse to participate.'"
...[Gutierrez] speaks of “anger, disillusionment, dissatisfaction” and “betrayal” [when talking about Obama]. He says Obama has failed to keep his campaign commitment to immigration reform, and he decries what he calls an “enforcement-only” policy in which the administration has deported more undocumented immigrants than in the final year of the George W. Bush administration.
Gutierrez says Latinos have lost patience with Obama, and he predicts an “escalation” of activism aimed at forcing immigration reform to the fore of the party agenda.
“We’re going to make it uncomfortable for the Democratic Party,” Gutierrez said, adding that immigration advocates would step up the pressure by drawing lessons from the movements for civil rights and women’s suffrage. “There’ll probably be civil disobedience. There will probably be a number of different actions. What we have to do is we have to break through this wall of silence, because we’re invisible.”
Gutierrez says many other things, such as complaining about Obama using "undocumented workers" when campaigning and then using "illegal immigrants" after being elected.
Unfortunately, the two The Hill "reporters" - Russell Berman and Bob Cusack don't call him on anything but simply write down his thoughts and provide background information. They could have started by asking him about the downsides of "reform", they could have countered his baby-waving with a discussion of the crimes committed by illegal aliens, they could have asked him what makes him think that he can speak for all Latinos (especially considering that he's from Puerto Rico when most U.S. Hispanics are from Mexican origin). Obviously, they're just transcriptionists and not real journalists.