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Gutiérrez lobbied Obama to act and said it would be a missed opportunity if he did not before the midterm election. However, he also placed blame on Democrats for not acting when they were in the majority.
“Here’s what I say -- you know what, we should have done it when we were in the majority. But you know what, Neil? Democrats were too afraid thinking we were going to lose too many seats in 2006 and in 2008 we would lose too many seats if we did immigration reform. So, we didn't fulfill our commitment. We weren't true to who we were in our values because we thought we would lose the House of Representatives. We lost the House of Representatives anyway in 2010 and we didn't fulfill our commitment. Now the opportunity is for the Republican Party to do the same. What do they do? They walk away. Everybody walks away from this issue. But if it is The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal or the Chamber of Commerce or the AFL-CIO – they want immigration reform."
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