Rep. Gutierrez: Congress should ‘unify the family’ through immigrant visa reform [VIDEO]

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      Nicholas Ballasy

      Nicholas Ballasy is the Senior Video Reporter for The Daily Caller covering Congress and national politics. Ballasy has interviewed a wide range of political leaders and celebrities including former President Bill Clinton, Sen. John McCain, Sen. John Kerry, former Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speakers Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich, Kevin Spacey, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Matt Damon, Joan Rivers, Gloria Estefan, Jon Stewart, Dave Matthews, Neil Munro, Stevie Wonder, etc. His work has been featured by CNN, Fox News, NBC, CBS, ABC, The Drudge Report, Washington Post and New York Times, among others.

Illinois Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez told The Daily Caller that Congress should reform the immigrant visa system to “unify the family” as part of a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

“We believe we have to give people an avenue to come to the United States legally. … We want people to get right with the law – pay taxes, learn English, become American and integrate themselves fully,” Gutierrez told TheDC after a press conference with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on immigration reform at the Capitol.

Gutierrez, a member of the House financial services committee, said he wants visa applications pending review to be expedited. (RELATED: Sen. Menendez says Obama has immigration mandate)

“In five years, we propose to eliminate any backlog in our visa. So, if you’re an American citizen and you’re waiting for your wife, I want her here today,” he told TheDC.

“If you’re an American citizen and you’re waiting for your child, I want them him here today. If you’re an American citizen and you’re waiting for your minor brother, I want that brother here today. I want to unify the family.”

Gutierrez has also called on Congress to offer a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants in the U.S.

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