EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Luis Gutierrez "I Will Fight Like Hell for the DREAM Act"

Chicago Rep. Luis Gutierrez may be happy to see the DREAM Act back before Congress but he says President Obama is still not doing enough to help undocumented students stay in the country—though he has the power to do so.

“I told my friend Dick Durbin [who reintroduced the bill in the Senate on Wednesday] that I support him and that if he can somehow get a positive result in the Senate, I will fight like hell for the DREAM Act in the House,” Gutierrez, an outspoken advocate for undocumented immigrants, told Latina.com in an emailed statement.

“But,” he said, “we also need to be realistic. “In the next two years, the person who can help DREAM Act students stay in this country and temporarily avoid deportation and disillusionment is the President.”

"The debate about whether the President has the power to spare individuals with deep roots here from being deported to countries they hardly know is settled.  He does," Gutierrez stated definitively. 

"The question is whether he will exercise that power and fight for DREAMers and other immigrants and their families.  If he fights for us, I know we will fight for him, but he has to act."