Illinois Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a close partner of Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador on immigration reform, said Monday that he’s invited Gabino Sanchez to President Obama’s State of the Union address tonight.
Sanchez, of South Carolina, is fighting deportation, with assistance from Gutierrez, who has accompanied Sanchez to three Immigration and Customs Enforcement appointments.
Labrador’s office has touted his relationship with Gutierrez, with the pair being part of a small group working on a bipartisan immigration reform bill in the House.
Washington Post reporter Rosalind Helderman, who visited Idaho last month to write a profile of Labrador, reported on the invitation, which is aimed at highlighting the immigration issue.
In an interview last month with the Pacific Northwest Inlander in Spokane, Guitierrez praised Labrador.
“He understands the issues and realizes immigration is more than just a political or labor market issue. He sees the human side of immigration, the families that are being ripped apart by deportations or the decades it takes for some families to get visas.”
Like Labrador, Guitierrez is of Puerto Rican descent. A former member of the Chicago City Council, he was he first Hispanic elected to Congress from the Midwest, in 1992.
with Gutierrez, a liberal from Chicago.