How the Illinois Democrat and others work in groups behind closed doors as part of the new dealmaking in Congress.
Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor
The first Hispanic elected to Congress from Illinois more than 20 years ago, Mr. Gutierrez once famously got into a shoving match with Rep. Tom Tancredo (R) of Colorado, for many years the right's poster boy for hard-line immigration policies, after a broadcast appearance.
And it's not just conservatives who have felt his rebuke. Gutierrez has been an unrepentant critic of President Obama's record of deporting the most undocumented immigrants of any chief executive in history.
Yet the fiery Gutierrez is also the House's leading immigration negotiator. He cosponsored a comprehensive immigration package in the mid-2000s. Now his consensus-building skills are being tested as he leads a bipartisan group in the House on his signature issue once again – immigration reform, the 2013 version.
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