“This problem that you see, politically, is nothing in comparison to the civil war that will be created politically in the Democratic party should the president not be broad and generous in his use of prosecutorial discretion,” Gutiérrez told the UK Guardian. “Because Latinos will not be deciding whether or not they vote, but whether or not they are in the Democratic Party.”

Gutiérrez went on to say that Obama has created a “self-inflicted” wound on the Democrat Party by breaking his earlier promises to deal with immigration. And he warned that Latinos may decide that the Democrat Party isn’t their home after all.

“Unfortunately people are going to punish their very friends and their very allies who had nothing to do with the president’s decision,” Gutiérrez warned.