Congressman Luis Gutierrez said the House may face stalemate on immigration reform. (Photo/Getty Images )

Legislation to criminalize undocumented immigrants takes center stage today

Pro-immigration reform groups and legislators are getting ready to rally against the markup of a House bill in the Judiciary Committee today. The “Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act” known as the SAFE Act, introduced by Republican South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy, calls for criminalizing all undocumented immigrants and allowing state and local governments to enforce immigration laws.

Illinois Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez recently stated in an op-ed that the bill “recycles actually recycles many of the malignant proposals” contained in another 2005 bill. ” I thought you were leaving behind your get-tough-on-immigrants political games and had packed them deep in a storage unit with your “Mitt for President” buttons,” stated Gutierrez.

Frank Sharry, executive director of the pro immigration-reform group “America’s Voice,” said voting to support this bill would be “strike two”on the part of Republicans who had already voted to resume deportations of DREAMers under Iowa Republican Congressman’s Steve King’s proposed legislation, which was approved in the House.

Pro-immigration reform groups as well as legislators such as Congressman Gutierrez will denounce the legislation today.

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