Democratic lawmaker Luis Gutierrez expressed extreme confidence that President Barack Obama will shortly bypass Congress and grant amnesty to five million illegal immigrants, calling it “music to his ears” and claiming he and his colleagues are “getting ready.”
The Illinois congressman spoke to MSNBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart Monday about the network’s inside White House sources on immigration. MSNBC reporter Chris Jansing claimed the Obama administration is planning on deferring deportations for five million illegal immigrants — a number Gutierrez first floated back in July.
“I think it would be a huge move,” he said excitedly. “A bold move. I think it would be one that would, obviously, be unprecedented . . . Look, we want to get as many as we can out of the vicious cycle of deportation.”
“But I think if the president takes such a move — look, I once said that it would be approximately 5 million, given what I heard,” Gutierrez bragged. “Not that anyone, Jose, specifically said ‘here are the categories of people.’ But, you know, if you listen, there are ways to extrapolate numbers.”
“And I said 5 million, and I remember people just being astonished at that number,” the congressman continued. “So it’s music to my ears that someone would have a source at the White House that say it’s 5 million.”
“Let me just say,” Gutierrez concluded. “Tomorrow, the next day, and all of this week, we’re getting ready.”