Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), one of the most vocal proponents of immigration reform in the House of Representatives, is, surprisingly, not on one of the major committees dealing with immigration. That's about to change as the Chicago Congressman temporarily departs the influential Financial Services Committee to take a spot on the Judiciary Committee. He won't be on the Immigration Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee, but the entire Judiciary Committee will have to approve whatever the Immigration Subcommittee passes before the measure goes to the entire House for a vote.
The Hill reports what motivated Gutierrez's move:
"Giving up 20-plus years of seniority on Financial Services, even temporarily, is not easy, but passing comprehensive immigration reform is my passion and my commitment to my constituents and immigrants all across our country," Gutierrez said Friday in a statement announcing the change.
"All of the road signs are pointed in the right direction, and I felt I must be on the Judiciary Committee during this Congress to help the others on the Committee get immigration reform to the finish line," he said.