House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy blasted Rep. Luis Gutierrez at a press conference Wednesday for attacking White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly’s policies, and called on the Illinois Democrat to apologize for his remarks.
Gutierrez sharply criticized Kelly’s stance on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program — which provides a safeguard for more than 800,000 illegal immigrants brought over as children to live and work in the United States without the threat of deportation — calling the four-star general “a hypocrite who is a disgrace to the uniform he used to wear.”
McCarthy noted that Kelly is the highest-ranking general to have lost a child in battle, adding he believes that Gutierrez’s comments were uncalled for and inappropriate.
“We all know General Kelly is a retired general and the highest-ranking service member to ever to have lost a child in battle,” McCarthy said. “General Kelly has served his country in the Marines, he is serving his country again in this administration — he is truly an American patriot. Now what is disgraceful is to attack the character of an honorable man, who has dedicated his life to serving this country and whose family gave the ultimate sacrifice. I believe Representative Gutierrez owes General Kelly and his family an apology.”
Kelly has defended President Donald Trump’s decision to repeal DACA, arguing the executive order was unconstitutional and a matter that Congress should handle.
Trump gave lawmakers a six-month window to craft legislation to reform DACA, calling on them to construct a humane solution for those affected by the program.
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