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    Rep. Gutierrez: I drafted amnesty language for White House

    Rep. Gutierrez: I drafted amnesty language for White House

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    In this April 25, 2010, photo, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., speaks to protesters attending a rally at the Arizona Capitol voicing their displeasure over the Friday bill signing of SB1070 by the Arizona governor, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    In stark contrast to prior Obama administration statements, Illinois Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez told The Daily Caller that he and the National Council of La Raza were deeply involved in the crafting and implementation of a controversial Obama administration memo that many conservatives believe amounts to a policy of amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants.

    President Obama, Gutierrez said, told him in December 2010 that comprehensive immigration reform could not be achieved legislatively because of fears Democrats would lose future elections. Instead, he said, the president suggested exploring administrative options to accomplish their mutual goals.

    The memo, written by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton in June 2011, established priorities for tracking and removing suspected illegal aliens. It directed his agency to focus only on illegal immigrants who pose a threat to national security and endanger public safety.

    ICE, Morton wrote, would provide no resources to tracking other illegal immigrants now and in the future — extending them a sort of administrative amnesty, and removing all threat of deportation, unless they committed a serious crime.

    Since a controversy arose over the memo last summer, the administration and ICE have insisted it was written by career ICE professionals in response to logistic realities on the ground. But speaking at Lincoln United Methodist Church on May 6 in Chicago, Gutierrez told a group of his constituents that he personally drafted the memo’s precursor for the White House.

    “The president of the United States said to me and to others, ‘I can’t get anything legislatively done in the Congress of the United States, so let’s begin to look at avenues that present themselves where we can use administrative action,’” the congressman told his audience.

    Gutierrez, speaking exclusively with The Daily Caller following that event, said Obama’s declaration motivated him to draft a plan of action for the White House.

    “I begin to write a ‘prosecutorial discretion’ memorandum,” Gutierrez said. “We take that prosecutorial discretion memorandum and take it to the White House. We meet with Bill Daley. Then we take it to the president.”

    Morton’s ICE memo was published in June 2011. Gutierrez spokesperson Douglas Rivlin told TheDC that it was similar to the one Gutierrez prepared for Obama.

    “The memo written by ICE Director John Morton released in June 2011 contained some of these same ideas for using existing law to prioritize deportation for serious criminals, and to administratively close deportation cases for some people with deep roots in the U.S. and no criminal history,” Rivlin said.

    Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman Gillian Christiansen, in a carefully worded statement, said that the administration never shared any of its own files with Gutierrez or any other congressman. She maintained that Morton’s memo was written purely for professional reasons.

    “ICE does not share deliberative or pre-decisional materials with Congress,” Christiansen told TheDC.

    “The June 2011 prosecutorial discretion memo was authored and issued by ICE and was designed to help ICE law enforcement personnel and attorneys better focus on meeting the priorities of the agency to use its limited resources to target criminals and those that put public safety at risk.”

    Gutierrez also credited a liberal immigration advocacy group with keeping Obama in line when the time came to enforce the memo. Gutierrez described an interaction between the president and La Raza members at the group’s national convention in July 2011.

    “Their [La Raza’s] affiliates all came in and there was a luncheon. The president came in and said, ‘I’d like to do something, but I can’t.”

    “All 2,000,” Gutierrez recounted, “said, ‘Yes, you can.’”

    La Raza spokeswoman Clarissa Martinez said that at the time of the conference, her group’s members were frustrated because they believed the Morton memo would have little practical effect.

    Nearly a year later, both Gutierrez and Martinez said that while they were satisfied with the memo itself, they expect the Obama administration to do more to enforce it. They continue to advocate for more proactive administrative actions to extend legal status to immigrants currently in the U.S. illegally.

    If the White House followed the Morton memo more closely, they both insisted independently to TheDC, many more suspected illegal immigrants currently in the immigration system would effectively receive amnesty.

    Gutierrez added that the White House could move proactively to provide legal residency to millions currently living in the U.S. illegally through a tool called “parole in place” — a discretionary immigration initiative that can legalize illegal aliens on a case-by-case basis.

    “Here’s your rules and regulations,” Gutierrez told TheDC he would like to tell the Obama administration. “We don’t think you’re applying them fairly.”

    Gutierrez has been highlighting the case of Gabino Sanchez from Charlotte, N.C. Sanchez, now 24 years old, came to the United States with his parents when he was 14, illegally crossing the border with them. Sanchez is married, with children, and a home.

    He has been stopped and fined six times for driving without a license in the U.S. The first five times, he said, local police allowed Sanchez to pay a fine and released him. But on the sixth occasion, ICE flagged him upon arrest. He’s now facing a May 15 hearing in Charlotte, part of a process that could lead to his deportation.

    Gutierrez believes that this case is a perfect example of one that deserves administrative relief.

    “We want them to live by the spirit of the memorandum,” he said.

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    Gutierass is running for re-election in 2012. It's time Americans shut this backstabbing traitor's mouth once and for all!
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevetheroofer View Post
    Gutierass is running for re-election in 2012. It's time Americans shut this backstabbing traitor's mouth once and for all!

    Here's his district, highly gerrymandered to keep it Hispanic:

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    It seems that an elected official's loyalty should be to the country, not one specific ethnicity. Mr Gutierrez talks about supporting immigrants, but only immigrants of Hispanic decent I wonder if he is going to bat for the Irish immigrants - Not.

    Racial and ethnic PREFERENCE is offensive to most Americans that prefer to gauge a person by their ability, character, and respect for the law, not their bloodline.

    This man encourages tribal behavior in this country and it is counterproductive to the greater society that demands that the laws apply to all of the people. JMO

    Keeping Obama to His Word

    Nov 29, 2010 8:00 AM EST
    Arian Campo-Flores Rep. Luis Gutierrez is a hero to many Hispanics. He says he won’t change his methods, no matter who gets irritated.



    Once you’ve made a promise to U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, it’s a bad idea to break it. Because if you do, he’ll call you on it, and then he’ll broadcast your perfidy incessantly, with every megaphone he can get his hands on, to anyone who will listen. Just ask President Barack Obama, who failed to keep his word on tackling immigration reform in his first year in office. Though the two Chicago Democrats were once close, Gutierrez has spent much of the past two years badgering the president on the issue. “He was clear in his commitment to me,” says Gutierrez. And yet “everything has been enforcement, enforcement, enforcement”—more deportations of undocumented immigrants, more troops |on the border. “How,” asks Gutierrez, “is this different from what George W. Bush did?”

    Gutierrez, 56, is the most passionate, tireless, and nettlesome voice in Congress on immigration matters. He’s a constant presence at rallies and on TV, defending the undocumented and railing against xenophobia. It’s no surprise that a recent Pew Hispanic Center survey ranked him the second-most-important Latino leader in the country, after Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. “He’s as close as the Latino community has to a Martin Luther King figure,” says Frank Sharry, founder of the pro-immigrant group America’s Voice. Yet Gutierrez’s tactics are controversial. While many admire his tenacity and credit him with keeping immigration reform alive, others, including members of the Obama administration, believe his confrontational style can be counterproductive. He sees things more simply. “I have only one loyalty,” he says, “and that’s to the immigrant community.”


    Rep. Luis Gutierrez is a hero to many Hispanics. (Charles Rex Arbogast / AP)
    Gutierrez has now embarked on his latest campaign: to secure quick passage of the DREAM Act, which would legalize undocumented youths who attend college or serve in the military. With a Republican takeover of the House imminent, the lame-duck session of Congress offers the last chance (for a while, at least) to get it done. It won’t be easy, given the noxious atmosphere in Washington. Yet Gutierrez has already launched a nationwide tour of churches to rally immigrants and their supporters, and has begun rounding up votes in the House. Two weeks ago, he and a few other lawmakers met with Obama at the White House. “We want you to put everything you can behind this,” he says they told the president. Obama agreed to help—by, among other things, placing personal calls to wavering lawmakers.

    Gutierrez’s first stop on his church tour was St. Brigid’s in Brooklyn a week ago. Joined by Rep. Nydia Velázquez, chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and other elected officials, he was received with adulation by the hundreds of people packed in the pews. His speeches at events like these—delivered in a stentorian voice, despite his slight physique—resemble revivalist sermons. He started off softly, then crescendoed to ear-splitting decibels, jabbing his index finger toward the heavens. “The other side is waiting for us to get tired!” Gutierrez thundered in Spanish. “Is anyone here tired?” “No!” the audience roared back. ( I suppose all immigrants speak Spanish)

    he son of Puerto Rican parents, Gutierrez has long had a fiery streak. He was a student leader and community organizer before entering politics, first as an alderman and then a congressman representing a majority-Latino district. Though he’s about to start his 10th term, Gutierrez’s activist roots still show. Within weeks of Obama’s taking office, he set off on a 30-city tour to highlight the stories of families split apart by deportations and to pressure the administration to take on immigration reform. One year later, with things at a standstill, Gutierrez turned more adversarial. He said Hispanics were becoming angry and disillusioned, and were losing patience with the president. In May of this year, he was arrested at an immigration protest in front of the White House. The following month, he threatened to urge Latinos to sit out the midterm elections if Democrats didn’t act on immigration reform. “In any movement, you need agitators,” says Simon Rosenberg, president of the New Democrat Network, which has pushed for reform. “I frankly admire him for having the courage to take on friends and allies.”


    That sentiment isn’t shared by many in the administration. Gutierrez clashed repeatedly with Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s former chief of staff, whom he considered a prime impediment to an immigration overhaul. Another administration official, who didn’t want to be named to avoid exacerbating tensions, complains that Gutierrez “has contributed to the flawed impression that the president can do this by himself”
    —when, in fact, he depends on Congress to move legislation. “It saddens me … that [the president] and I have had these very public differences,” says Gutierrez.




    It’s quite a turnaround for the two men. When Obama was a freshman U.S. senator, he used to call Gutierrez regularly for advice. When he decided to run for president, he sought Gutierrez’s endorsement early on—and got it. “There was a time when I was the only elected Latino that was for him. They were all for Hillary [Clinton],” says Gutierrez. “I love him. I want him to do well … But I have to be true to what I believe in.” (Cecilia Muñoz, a White House point person on immigration, calls Gutierrez “an important moral voice” and says that he and the president “are on the same side of the issue.”)


    Outside the administration, some backers of immigration reform also have misgivings about Gutierrez’s approach. He “transformed what had been a narrow policy issue into a litmus-test identity issue for Hispanics, and that made the debate a whole different ball game,” says Tamar Jacoby, president of ImmigrationWorks USA, a coalition of business groups that rely on immigrant labor. Gutierrez is “incredibly effective at what he does … [But] there’s part of me that always gets a little worried about identity politics.”


    Still, Gutierrez has a track record of pragmatism, too. He took flak from some advocates for including strict enforcement provisions in an immigration bill he crafted with Republican Rep. Jeff Flake in 2007 (it didn’t pass). “He can go from being a bomb thrower to being a dealmaker,” says Angela Kelley of the Center for American Progress. “That’s a pretty important bilingual ability.” Gutierrez’s promotion of the DREAM Act is itself a compromise. Pro-immigrant forces agonized over whether to abandon the fight for a comprehensive bill in favor of a narrower one that would benefit only a slice of the undocumented population. In the end, they concluded that only the DREAM Act had a real chance.

    Gutierrez thinks the measure can prevail in the House. The bigger challenge is in the Senate, where Majority Leader Harry Reid has pledged to bring the bill to the floor in the next few weeks. Given the need for 60 votes to break a filibuster and the likely defection of a handful of Democrats, the measure’s backers need to win over at least a half dozen Republicans—a tall order these days. But seven current Senate GOP members voted for the DREAM Act in 2007, and a few others who are retiring aren’t considered hardliners.

    The immigrant movement will face a much more adverse climate in Congress next year. As a result, Gutierrez is trying to redirect its energy toward a different end: persuading Obama to use his executive powers to stop the deportation of law-abiding illegal immigrants. To ratchet up the pressure, Gutierrez is encouraging acts of nonviolent civil disobedience. “We cannot be a slave to the legislative process,” he says. “That’s what we’ve done, and it hasn’t served us very well.” Given that some Republican lawmakers have made clear they plan to use their newfound power to crack down even more on illegal immigrants, “the next couple of years are going to be an extraordinary battle,” says Rosenberg. Gutierrez’s “voice will be needed more than ever.” And you can be certain you’ll hear it.




    About the author:

    Arian Campo-Flores was promoted to Miami Bureau Chief in July 2002, covering stories in the Southeastern U.S. He covered the pivotal state of Florida throughout the 2004 Campaign season and followed vice-presidential candidate John Edwards on the campaign trail.


    Most recently, Campo-Flores covered the war in Iraq as an embedded reporter with the Third Infantry Division and, for a brief stint, with U.S. Special Forces. He wrote about the army's advance on Baghdad, Iraqi militia groups and clandestine military operations.


    Before the Miami post, Campo-Flores had been New York Correspondent since April 2000, when he joined the magazine. Campo-Flores was one of the first Newsweek reporters at the World Trade Center site on Sept. 11, interviewing victims and emergency crews.
    Prior to joining Newsweek, he was a staff reporter at the monthly magazine "The American Lawyer" since 1997, covering litigation, transactions, legal business and international affairs. He was a freelance production coordinator in San Francisco Calif. from 1995-96 and was an English teacher in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 1994-95.
    Campo-Flores graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from University of California, Berkeley, in 1993 with a B.A. in Development Studies. He is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and speaks Spanish and Portuguese. He lives in Miami.



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    This is treason! This amnesty is being implemented in an UnConstitutional way similar to a banana republic!

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    In stark contrast to prior Obama administration statements, Illinois Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez told The Daily Caller that he and the National Council of La Raza were deeply involved in the crafting and implementation of a controversial Obama administration memo that many conservatives believe amounts to a policy of amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants.
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    "We have an aging white America. . . . They are dying. . . . They are ******** in their pants with fear! I love it!" "We have got to eliminate the gringo, and what I mean by that is if the worst comes to the worst, we have got to kill him."

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    Racism is alive and well in DC doesn't matter what color if you wear a sheet or suit all the same it simply "appears" more main stream with a suit.
    I'm old with many opinions few solutions.

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    This man encourages tribal behavior in this country and it is counterproductive to the greater society that demands that the laws apply to all of the people. JMO
    Yes he does and it's not hard to do since mexicans are a very "tribal" (stick together) culture anyway. This is why I make it a policy to not vote for someone with a hispanic sounding name until they are FULLY checked out. They rarely make the grade in my book. Too much history of them protecting their own and to hell with everyone else. Some might call this racist - I call it looking out for MY own. By "my own" I mean AMERICA.
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    Admission of Obama's amnesty agenda?
    May 11, 2012 Democratic congressman says he drafted White House memo on backdoor amnesty for illegal immigrants

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    You are all invited to this event. Can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday then protesting "Luis"
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