The nation’s leading immigration reform advocate visited San Diego Saturday to stand with Dreamers and veterans.
President Donald Trump signed a $400 billion budget deal, ending a brief federal government shutdown that happened while most Americans were home in bed and most government offices were closed.
However, the deal didn’t provide a resolution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Protection for the Dreamers under former President Barack Obama’s DACA program expires March 5.
In response to this move, dozens gathered at the Embarcadero to discuss how to protect nearly 800,000 DACA recipients who face deportation. Supporters of DACA are also demanding that congress take action and remove the threat of deportation, reports ABC8.
“I can’t vote for this budget because it is going to lead to the deportation of dreamers,” said Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez.
Saturday’s group of Dreamers and Congressman Gutierrez threw their support behind Ammar Campa Najjar, who plans to run against Congressman Duncan Hunter this year.
Congressman Gutierrez also added he is considering running for president in 2020.
Gutiérrez, who announced earlier this week that he will not run for reelection to Congress, told Politico that he is not retiring and is taking early steps toward a 2020 bid.
“I will be reaching out to people across the country,” he told Politico. “I am going to take the steps to guarantee [Federal Election Commission] regulations and rules about campaign financing, first and foremost, make sure I’m following the law … I want to build something national.”
Gutiérrez has been a fierce advocate for immigration reform and told Politico that Democrats “didn’t do enough” to reach out to immigrant communities in the last election.
“I think I can bring a new set of eyes to the situation,” he said.
Gutiérrez has held his seat since 1993, and his political ally Cook County Commissioner Jesús García has agreed to run for his vacant House seat.
Gutiérrez has also been a harsh critic of President Trump, especially during the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
The lawmaker told Politico that he and his wife plan to tour the country, a typical move in the early stages of a presidential run.
“We’re going to talk, and I’m going to hear,” he said. “Maybe there’s a lot of enthusiasm for it. Maybe in six months I’ll come back and say, no.”
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