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Gutierrez says Bush could be last GOP president in history

The message is simple: The GOP needs to help pass immigration reform this year, or Republicans could be locked out of the White House for good. At least that’s how Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D.-Ill.) sees it.

“Latino voters are repelled, and the loud but small contingent of immigration opponents have backed the Republican Party into a corner that they don’t have the courage to break out of,” he said on the House floor. “So, Mr. Speaker, I give you George W. Bush, the man who will go down in history as the last Republican president in American history. Tom Donohue is right: There is a demographic reality that will make Republicans a footnote in history — just like the Whigs and Know-Nothings — unless they do something to get the immigration issue off the table.”

Last week, Tom Donohue, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President said that if Congress doesn’t pass immigration reform this year, Republicans “shouldn’t bother to run a candidate in 2016.”

And the GOP is on the clock. Gutierrez said if a 2014 deadline is to be met, then the House needs to act before July 4.

Gutierrez says immigration reform is necessary for both parties.

“Latino voters are a force that is growing faster than Republicans can withstand and are tilting more towards the Democrats with each day Republicans stand in the way of stopping deportations that are breaking up immigrant families,” he said.

According to the latest data from the Census Bureau, 16.9 percent of Americans identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino. And a Gallup poll shows that Hispanic and Latinos are twice as likely to vote Democratic as they are Republican.

Via Politico