The House Congressional Hispanic Caucus, including outgoing Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), surprised Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) as he packed up to leave for his holiday weekend late Friday, storming his office and personally chastising him for failing to cause a government shutdown over the DREAM Act.
According to The Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe, the entire 31-member caucus showed up at Schumer's door demanding an opportunity to meet with Senate leadership to discuss why Democrats had given into Republicans, passing a temporary funding extension without demanding the president cave on the DREAM Act, authorizing illegal immigrants to stay in the country indefinitely.
PHOTO: Hispanic Caucus members now in Schumer’s office awaiting a chance to meet with the leader. pic.twitter.com/YNBfEt2vqo— Ed O'Keefe (@edatpost) December 21, 2017
Gutierrez, who will leave Congress after this term, making way for a local, socialist Chicago union leader, allegedly as part of a deal to eliminate Rahm Emanuel's competition in the upcoming Chicago mayoral race, reportedly launched into a "dramatic" speech, haranguing Schumer for selling out his constituents, apparently not realizing that illegal immigrants are not legally authorized to vote.
Schumer, apparently, instructed Gutierrez to reserve his ire for Republicans rather than fellow Democrats, to which Guiterrez replied, "Don't raise your voice."
Gutierrez issued a statement after the confrontation claiming that Democrats are now "all on the same page" in terms of immigration, but failed to note that both Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have long since abandoned the idea of a "clean" DREAM Act which would grant amnesty to the children of illegal immigrants brought here when they were too young to object. Instead, it appears Schumer and Pelosi are primed for a compromise immigration reform that will trade temporary authorization for DREAMers in return for increased funding for border security.