Asked by THE WEEKLY STANDARD why Gutierrez's line in the sand is a "path to citizenship" rather than a path to legal status, the Illinois Democrat repeated that he and others (including Republican Paul Ryan) do not want to create a "permanent underclass" of residents who can never become citizens before offering what he called a "more expansive" reason.
"I think the American people want them to become citizens of the United States because they equate citizenship with responsibility and the completeness of responsibility," Gutierrez said. "If you want to be a part of the United States of America, lift the American flag, right, with the 50 stars on it, and tell people, 'Learn English.' That's the common language."
I've always thought Work Permits the answer as I think many working in the US don't have plans to stay. Work Permits have their downside too evident in the concern on permanent underclass above. Gutierrez's Learn English comment interesting. First I've heard that from him.