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Loretta Sanchez’s flawed Logic with The DREAM Act

May 17th, 2009 · 13 Comments

Sometimes Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez’s logic doesn’t fly. We saw this last summer when after then candidate Barack Obama had secured the Democratic nomination, Rep. Sanchez was still insisting on a casting her super delegate vote for Hillary Clinton. It was as if Congresswoman Sanchez did not want to accept the reality of the situation.

A few days ago, Gustavo Arellano of the OC Weekly wrote a blog post about Loretta Sanchez’s flawed logic when it comes to The DREAM Act, which would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented students and young adults who complete college or serve in the military (I have blogged about this topic as has Seneca).  The Orange County Dream Team, a group of undocumented college students who would benefit from the proposed legislation, met with Congresswoman Sanchez last weekend seeking her co-sponsorship of the bill in the House, and she refused citing her preference for “comprehensive immigration reform.” However, she did indicate that she would vote for the DREAM Act if it ever reaches a House vote.

In my view, Sanchez is missing an opportunity here by not co-sponsoring the DREAM Act. I feel that this piece of legislation will most likely be the first step in achieving comprehensive immigration reform because it makes most sense to tap into the talented young undocumented people who are already here and willing to give back to society with their acquired skills. Why import highly technical H1B consultants from other countries, when we could readily use the DREAM Act students, assuming they are given a chance to regularize their immigration status?

If you go to Thomas.gov, you can see a list of the five bills Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is sponsoring/co-sponsoring in the current congressional session. She is willing to lend her name and support to a House Resolution to designate September as “National Child Awareness Month,” but she stops short of co-sponsoring a substantive piece of legislation that could improve the lives of so many young people in her district. If you support the DREAM Act, I encourage you to contact Congresswoman Sanchez’s office and politely request that she sign on as a co-sponsor of this bill that would help so many of our youth.

Tags: Barack Obama · Education · Hillary Clinton · Immigration · Rep. Loretta Sanchez

13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Michaelr // May 17, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Has this representative from the 47th Congressional district ever made sense? The longer she’s been in office the more absolutely senseless she appears. Those interviews of hers on NPR are so annoying, they’re literally comical and scary at the same time. Has anyone ever administered a literacy test to LOretta? Who exactly does she represent? She certainly doesn’t represent any particular lobby, but that’s understandable because she doesn’t produce any real legislation, or any legislation that has any merit. She just sits there in those House committee meetings and just irritates all her Congressional colleagues to death with her off the wall, left field sexually aggressive commentary. Does she representative any of the particular groups in her congressional district dominated by individuals with Spanish surnames? Not in the least…and the Dream Act is just the latest example of Loretta Sanchez’s aggressive refusal to open any legal door for Latino citizens to move socially forward. Remember this person began her political career as Loretta Brixey and lost. She then discovered numerous Latino voters would vote for a candidate if they had a Spanish surname. So she began campaigning using her maiden name and suddenly she was feeding from the public trough. There is nothing more disgusting than an elected politician who uses their public office to just fiscally abuse the taxpayer and just occupy space. And Loretta Sanchez has done that for over a decade, and is absolutely shameless in this regard.

  • 2 DreamACTivist // May 18, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    It’s part of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus monopoly in the House — if you go down the list, you’ll see that none of your conventional, Hispanic politicians have signed on to the DREAM Act. Talk about ignoring your own constituents.

  • 3 webmaster // May 18, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Well, there are some members of the CHC who are co-sponsors (Grijalva, Roybal-Allard, Serrano, Hinojosa, Gonzalez), and of course some of the Cuban-American members:

    http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d111:1:./temp/~bdVRiC:@@@P|/bss/111search.html|

    (if link doesn’t work, search under H.R.1751 on Thomas)

    Then the usual liberal suspects like Zoe Lofgren, Patrick Kennedy, Henry Waxman, and John Conyers, etc.

    But yes, one would think that more of the Hispanic Caucus would be on board with this. It should be a no-brainer. I wonder why Becerra or Gutierrez aren’t listed as co-sponsors?

  • 4 theKaiser // May 18, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Xavier Becerra is completely focused on securing the release of convicted criminals from Federal prisons. That’s why he has an above average absentee record in Congress. Luis Gutierrez has been cavorting with Loan Sharks the last several years, and is totally focused on getting legislation passed to double the Vig on those loans to his constituents. He figures if his poverty stricken constituents can’t mustard up donations to his campaign, they might as well give it to the Loan Shark lobby that has been very generous with him.

  • 5 Anna // May 18, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Re: “if you go down the list, you’ll see that none of your conventional, Hispanic politicians have signed on to the DREAM Act. Talk about ignoring your own constituents.”

    I hate to break this to you, but the people who would benefit from The Dream Act aren’t constituents.
    Constituents are American citizens who can vote.

    My guess is that they won’t co-sponsor the Dream Act because they already know that the votes aren’t there to pass it.

    As for Loretta Sanchez casting her delegate vote for Hillary, there was nothing wrong with that. Hillary was the first viable female candidate for President, and that’s who she wanted to cast her vote for.

    She wasn’t obligated to vote for Obama. I hated the way the delegates were being brow beaten into voting for him. And sadly, the history books are going to show that Hillary had much less support at the convention than she really did.

  • 6 Anna // May 18, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Re: “She just sits there in those House committee meetings and just irritates all her Congressional colleagues to death with her off the wall, left field sexually aggressive commentary.”

    More baseless, sexist, hate-filled ramblings from Michaelr.

  • 7 El Cholo // May 19, 2009 at 8:25 am

    You should take your medication Anna BEFORE you start commentating. You’re revealing your IQ level again.

  • 8 WhatThe.. // May 19, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    I myself, hold latinos in leadership positions to a higher standard due to the struggles and strives past latinos have allowed all of us here an opportunity to be much better. When I see the neglect of duty from Congressman Lorretta Sanchez or Mayor Villar etc. it tees me off. I will gladly comment my disdain because I expect better from them.

  • 9 DreamACTivist // May 19, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Anna, that was a pretty dumb comment. I hope you go down the districts of CHC members and see that most of the constituents are ethnic minorities, namely Latinos and Asian-Americans and for US, the DREAM Act is an issue, whether we are documented or undocumented. We have families caught up in this situation. People like to pretend that there are strict lines between legal and illegal, when in reality, it is a state constructed and reconstructed phenomena. If you live in a district, you are a constituent of that district.

    UCLA students met with Becerra; he fed them the same line as Loretta Sanchez. Given that and the cold shoulder from Luis Gutierrez that some of us have gotten, I am sure that the high ranks of the CHC is behind this, given I know several of them and have been in conversation with them before. It’s pretty pathetic but I won’t waste my energy on them.

    P.S. The DREAM Act has more votes than CIR.

  • 10 Anna // May 19, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Re: “The DREAM Act has more votes than CIR.”

    But neither one has enough votes to pass. They won’t sponsor it because it would open a whole debate over illegal immigration, and obviously Obama (or Rahm or whoever is in charge) doesn’t want any controversy over anything. I know Obama said that he would introduce immigration reform, but I don’t believe him. He said whatever he had to say to win.

    Considering the economy, this is probably the worst time to bring this up. Furthermore, I really don’t think that immigrant rights advocates have made a compelling case as to why there should be immigration reform, specifically legalization. Saying that “they take the jobs that nobody else wants,” is not an argument, especially now when citizens are willing to take any jobs they can find.

    And anyone who thinks that Obama will be the one to dismantle the core argument of immigration foes, namely that illegal immigrants are criminals, is delusional. Mr. Present will not expend any political capital on this issue or on any issue.

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