Luis Gutierrez: "Xenophobic" Republicans Have Made Other Republicans Support Immigration Reform, Like Jeb Bush

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On MSNBC this morning, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) praised Jeb Bush for trying to advance comprehensive immigration reform. Gutierrez said the "xenophobic" and "mean spirited" attempts by some Republicans to "hurt" the immigrant community has made other Republicans supportive of immigration reform.

"We're making progress," Gutierrez told MSNBC's Jose Diaz-Balart. "I think you've probably noted that when there are Republican xenophobic measures to take away the DREAMers, their right to have a work permit, you see a dozen or so Republicans vote with Democrats to stop that."

REP. LUIS GUTIERREZ (D-IL): We're making progress. I think you've probably noted that when there are Republican xenophobic measures to take away the DREAMers, their right to have a work permit, you see a dozen or so Republicans vote with Democrats to stop that. That's happened on more than one occasion. On several occasions when really mean-spirited attempts to even hurt the immigrant community and their advances, you see that there are Republicans that are joining us.

The other thing is, look at Jeb Bush right now. One of the reasons I think he's probably doing best or better in the Republican [primary] because he had a pretty nice press conference out there. Right? It was a diverse press conference. There were Latinos, he spoke English and Spanish and he was unafraid to speak both languages. And although he doesn't have my position on immigration reform, he says, 'You know, I don't like Obama's executive actions, but guess what, I'm going to eliminate those executive actions with something better.' I think we're winning.

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