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Our turning now to politics some of the country's largest labor unions are now reportedly slashing their financial support of the Democratic Party.
At issue is what they call out tepid response to Republican efforts.
To -- eliminate collective bargaining powers cut Medicare funding and to require voters to show ID at the polls.
With us now from Washington DC is democratic congressman Luis Gutierrez of Illinois a member of the congressional Hispanic caucus.
And congressman always good to see you thanks for being here.
But should be with the let's start with what is happening here in the Democratic Party with the -- organized labor.
Making it very clear that none of them are going to be taken for granted.
In their support.
Of democratic candidates does that surprise you.
Does surprise me at all Lou I think got labor unions the AFL CIO should do what's in there.
Best interest within their self interest that is they represent men and women.
That by a bit better collective bargaining agreement so that's exactly what they should do I kind of think.
Look -- is gonna have to make good decisions like a lot of other people are they first and foremost for the reelection of Democrats.
And president Barack Obama.
Or defending the -- and self interest of the men and women that pay the union dues and elected to office I think that I think they're they're having to do the former I think that's the correct thing to do it.
And and this what it seems to be a pain and fracturing.
Coalition that is the Democratic Party.
You yourself have said that you're not going to be taken for granted in terms of a favorite.
For her for president.
Do you think that this is is this something we should expect.
From Hispanic voters across the country you know -- your individual decision or how do you see.
I want to support Barack Obama for reelection.
As president of the United States.
I can do that on my own or I can work to rally.
Hopefully the tens of thousands hundreds of thousands of others who were with them in the last election burn in order to do that he's gonna have to step forward and do more than just go to El Paso and given -- speech about conference of the great -- He's going to have to take some actions that the way I can look at Lou is right I think to myself what's my first and basic priority.
As a legislator and I think is to represent a constituency that sends me here to Washington DC.
I might not make the what is it the -- list that at the White House -- get a nice feed on Air Force One but I'm gonna have a lot of self respect.
And I'm going to respect the people to send me.
Women advanced in this country.
Because they challenge Woodrow Wilson the labor movement advance because they.
Challenged FDR and you know something the civil rights movement in the -- the advance because they challenged LBJ I think that's what the labor movement is doing today.
Challenging the Democratic Party their friends and their allies to do better and I think that's what brings about change in America.
-- Turning to the future of Hispanic American voters.
The latest Gallup poll shows Obama's approval rating among Hispanics.
From all time -- last month.
What are you into what do you attribute that that improved.
Well not significant is it it it's significant improvement.
I think there are many issues that the Latino community support but let's remember Barack Obama got between 67.
No one disputes the 67%.
Of the Latino vote up to 70% of the Latino vote and it increased.
Over two million that if there was a gross increase in the number of Latinos voting in the presidential election and -- or into weight of two million.
The question at -- -- up and you and I both know.
It's not just who's eligible to vote for what percentage.
But how many of them actually turn out that you get it that -- it turned out.
You might get 59% but 59% of what about a hundred votes or about thousand -- I think you want obviously the latter.
So what does this president is going to have to do to -- to win the vote of congressman Luis -- the -- But I think what he's going to have to do list is key the basic fundamental promise that he made.
He said he was gonna be a defender and a champion that's all I'm asking this president to do is to -- -- with the same kind of energy with the same kind of bigger.
With the same kind of commitment.
That the immigrant community is under attack across this community did he defend that community and that he show very clearly that he -- Look no I mean sending 12100 more national Guardsmen that may be a good idea to the border.
Making sure that you have secure communities across this new secure communities across with which makes police and immigration agents share information.
You know those things.
Are part of comprehensive immigration reform but they should also be a heart.
And the soul and a compassion for young men and women the dream kids.
Why should I.
I think the president -- -- -- 22 senate democratic senators ask them to do and that is not deport him and tell the congress of the United States can take action and finally determined.
They're four million American citizen children.
And -- I just don't think it's in the best interest of the United States and it's good public policy to -- their moms and dad thought that if if the one client.
-- you can find that they're being accused of this working here on document that should allow them let's fix the immigration system.
And an interim period let's not punish those that have American citizen children and that came here through no fault of their own.
Moving into this to you you said for those -- government -- to verify what would be wrong with India be verified -- in -- in the country.
I would have had absolutely no problem with that.
And I want to do that within the context of comprehensive immigration reform.
As you know I introduced to me when the president goes down to -- paso -- he comes and says I'm for comprehensive immigration reform.
Where in that speech are his partners in the Republican Party.
Whereas partners that he's bringing together Republicans and Democrats I know one thing that when -- -- stopper at the emigration of what I did it with congressman flake and a dozen other Republicans here in the house -- and Kennedy and McCain did it together and you know that's the way you create successful.
But advances legislatively.
If I mean just point out as a foot short as we have to close -- The president George W.
Bush was a man pushing forward.
Conference of immigration reform.
The Democrats control both houses of congress.
For two years under this president -- That would have been I would -- -- and significant support for comprehensive immigration reform -- So do you have some room.
You're ripped -- you're absolutely right on both -- going to start with -- telling me I'm right about anything familiar if it's -- you're right we should have done more we were in the majority we failed to deliver.
Congressman thanks for being here and talking to come -- -- right.
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