With the City of Santa Ana backing the DREAM Act, will Rep. Loretta Sanchez finally co-sponsor it?

July 21st, 2009 · 37 Comments

The City of Santa Ana, one of the most Latino cities in the US, has put the weight of its city council behind the DREAM Act. This week Santa Ana’s city council voted 5-0 to back this symbolic resolution to support the bill in Congress that would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented students. Even the Council on Foreign Relations has recommended the DREAM Act.

Despite its bi-partisan support, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, whose district includes Santa Ana, will not co-sponsor the DREAM Act. As Gustavo Arellano writes, Loretta Sanchez’s failure to act displays “hypocritical Atzlanista” tendencies. The Santa Ana City Council would not throw its weight behind a resolution to support the DREAM Act if its citizens did not want it. Rep. Sanchez has a unique opportunity to lend her name and full support to the DREAM Act effort, especially now that elected officials in her own district have endorsed it. I’m hoping that Rep. Sanchez’s office takes note and follows the lead of the Santa Ana City Council.

Finally, last week the Congresswoman was on Fox News talking about the Sotomayor hearings and was obviously picked to chime in because she is a Latina. It is as if she tries to have it both ways, playing the Latina card when it is convenient to get some time on the tube, but not fully supporting the most vulnerable of her constituents, many of whom share her ethnic background. This clip is vintage Loretta Sanchez. Note how she bungled the “wise Latina” statement given by Judge Sotomayor:

Tags: Education · Immigration · Rep. Loretta Sanchez

37 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Michaelr // Jul 21, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    More evidence that higher education is totally wasted on some people…Low-Low should’ve evaded talking about Sonia Sotomayer, and confirming what a lot of us already know about her.

  • 2 Anna // Jul 21, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    You have a political tin ear. Right now is the worst time to try to get the Dream Act passed. In case you haven’t heard, the economy is crashing and colleges are cutting back enrollment. Sanchez is under no obligation to sponsor an unpopular bill that could cost her her political career.

    How is she playing the Latina card by discussing Sotomayor? There is no such thing as a “Latina card.” That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard.

  • 3 El Cholo // Jul 22, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    With Sarah Palin on the outs talking to the media, it looks like FOX has found another female politician who will embarrass herself on camera and not even have a clue she’s opened her mouth and inserted her foot. How shameless of Loretta Sanchez to compare herself with Sonia Sotomayer. Hopefully, Loretta and her dear friend Senator Lindsay Graham can compare notes and decide whether Loretta is verbally competent to even hang with Sonia Sotomayer.

  • 4 theKaiser // Jul 22, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    So Loretta Sanchez is now commentating on FOX. That’s so Loretta. She now won’t answer questions directly from her constituents unless they’re written on index cards and they’re reviewed by several layers of staffers, but she’ll open her mouth on FOX and humiliate herself all by herself. That’s Low-Low for you.

  • 5 CockroachPeople // Jul 23, 2009 at 4:50 am

    Anna–I agree that a politician has to be smart about what bills they sponsor if they want to maintain their power and position. But this does not mean that a politician must always operate under Machiavellian virtù. Occassionally they must task risks and lead the population on questions of what is morally right.

    Those who only worry about polls have no right to be exalted as leaders. At best these people are managers. At worst, they are pandering phonies.

    There is a such thing as a “Latina card.” Mariah Carey brought this up when she was in Mexico. A reporter asked her if she planned to drop an album in Spanish. her response was a jab at Cristina Aguilera, saying that her music was already popular in Latin America and she didn’t feel the need to pull the Latin thing just to sell more records. She might as well have said the Latina card. The Latino/a card is emphasizing one’s heritage mainly when it is convenient or lucrative.

    In this case, I think it was FOX that pulled the Latina card. They needed a Latina elected official to speak; she just accepted. Perhaps, she shouldn’t have. If she can’t stand up for a bill that would help kids like Walter Lara, then she should just fade into the noisy background of D.C. power-brokers, instead of accepting invitations to speak “as a Latina.”

  • 6 Anna // Jul 23, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Why does a Congresswoman from Orange County have to sponsor the bill? Aren’t there other representatives from safer districts who could sponsor it? But I can guarantee you that right now nobody will sponsor it.

    As for that Latina card nonsense, it is ridiculous. So what if Sanchez was on TV discussing Sotomayor? Under this logic everybody is allowed to go on TV and discuss Sotomayor except Latinos. Got it.

  • 7 webmaster // Jul 23, 2009 at 10:34 am


    Loretta Sanchez has won re-election with over 60% of the vote in her district since ’98. She has a relatively safe seat + the power being an incumbent. Why shouldn’t she co-sponsor the DREAM Act when it would benefit so many in her district both Asian and Latino?

    If you remember, Loretta Sanchez took a stand by not voting for the Iraq War, although she now votes to fund it. She was able to take a stand once upon a time. Why not now? Oh wait, but these House Resolutions that she introduces to honor the Anaheim Ducks or Luciano Pavorotti are so beneficial to the people, right?

    As for playing the Latina card, when she first ran for city council in Anaheim, she used her married name, Brixey. Then, all of a sudden, she decided to use her maiden name, Sanchez (and she was still married to Brixey at the time). If that isn’t playing the “Latina card” or trying to pander to your base, then I don’t know what is.

  • 8 CockroachPeople // Jul 23, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Anna said: “So what if Sanchez was on TV discussing Sotomayor? Under this logic everybody is allowed to go on TV and discuss Sotomayor except Latinos. Got it. ”

    This is a Senate confirmation hearing. The only reason Rep. Sanchez was invited to speak is because she is Latina. She talks here at length about her Latina heritage You can’t really believe she is offering up her expertise? It’s a question of why and when she decides to represent Latinas, heritage and all. No one is saying that no Latino should speak about Sotomayor. Now who has the tin ear?

  • 9 Pablo // Jul 23, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    wow! I thought I was listening to Sarah Palin in that clip. That Sanchez woman is stupid. Sanchez should have done here homework on Sotomayor before she wet on fox news to make an ass of her self.

  • 10 Anna // Jul 23, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    To the webmaster:

    Sorry, but I don’t think you’re acting in good faith. You know that almost any Latino member of Congress has a safer seat and would be a better sponsor of that bill, especially when we all know it does not have the votes to pass. There is no reason why Sanchez should sponsor it.

    This is just another example of your Loretta Sanchez Derangement Syndrome.

  • 11 Anna // Jul 23, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Re: “The only reason Rep. Sanchez was invited to speak is because she is Latina.”

    Who cares. She was presented with an opportunity and she took it. Furthermore, she supported Sotomayor.

    I don’t get this mentality. Loretta Sanchez is Latina no matter which bills she sponsors in Congress, and no matter what her last name is.

    You guys are stuck in a box and you freak out when you see somebody who isn’t.

  • 12 BettyM // Jul 24, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Shame on Rep. Sanchez for not supporting the DREAM Act. Also, she really is NOT a good speaker – she had an opportunity to say something profound about “a wise Latina” and as the WebMaster said it was “bungled”.

  • 13 Joe Citizen // Jul 26, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    It was great to see Santa Ana City Council symbollically support the DREAM Act. They have symbolically and actually continued to destroy their city and cause surrounding cities to experience more crime and problems with their policies. Take a drive over to the Home Depot on Harbor and MacArthur sometime. Not a lot of “living in the shadows” going on. Nice job Santa Ana. Si se puede…….destroy more communities with our santuary policies.

  • 14 Anna // Jul 26, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Illegal immigration isn’t Santa Ana’s fault.

    NAFTA unleashed a humanitarian crisis that caused 20 million people to flee north in search of work.

  • 15 jammer // Jul 27, 2009 at 9:07 am

    One of the things I get from these blogs is how uninformed average Americans are. Except for Anna. She is always so right on. See what a Ph.D. in Smartology does for you? It gives you all the answers. As a person who teaches many Dream Act eligible students, I know first hand that these young men and women will be a great asset to this country. Our laws are punishing them for what their parents did. In most cases the parents have lived good productive lives and their children are driven to do better. Representative Sanchez would do well in supporting The Dream Act. For most people it’s a no brainer …, OOPS, Rep Sanchez is the no brainer in this instance. Go for it Anna!!!

  • 16 Gustavo Arellano // Jul 27, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Anna: As always, you’re a fool! HAHAHAHAHA!

    Adriana: Great as always. I just posted about it today:

  • 17 Anna // Jul 27, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Yeah, I’m the fool. LOL

    You guys whine everyday about how ineffective Loretta Sanchez is, and you call her every despicable name in the book. Yet, out of all the Latino elected representatives, you decide that SHE is the one who must sponsor this legislation. Not Becerra, or Roybal- Allard, or Linda Sanchez, all of whom are in Los Angeles County. Why Loretta Sanchez?

    Never mind that you expect her to sponsor this unpopular legislation in the middle of an economic meltdown. This isn’t about the Dream Act. It’s about your Loretta Sanchez Derangement Syndrome.

  • 18 Anna // Jul 27, 2009 at 6:50 pm


    I don’t have anything against the Dream Act. I just know that in the middle of a recession that will probably become a Depression, this probably won’t get passed.

    It’s not Loretta Sanchez they have to convince. It’s people in places like Maine, North Dakota, Kentucky, etc.

    Furthermore Arnold, with the help of Obama, is literally dismantling the education budget in this state and there has not been a peep out of anybody about it on this blog. It’s just immigration 24/7 even if there is nothing left.

  • 19 Joe Citizen // Jul 28, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Illegal immigration is one of the biggest contributors to the dismantling of the education system in this state. Not enough resources and too many people.

  • 20 Joe Citizen // Jul 28, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Oh and just so we are clear……it is o.k. to get a reduced rate on eduation as long as your parents commited the crime? Hmmm maybe we should ask the family of Officer Rosas of the US Border Patrol about MOST people being here just to help out with the work load.

  • 21 Joe Citizen // Jul 28, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Anna: A city can encourage or discourage the illegal immigration problem. Santa Ana encourages it. I would love to see how supportive all of you would be if this was a illegal immigration problem where the majority of people came from the Netherlands.

  • 22 El Cholo // Jul 28, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Alas… Anna, the Latino Apologist has revealed her own duplicity, by declaring “I don’t have anything against the Dream Act,” however I continue to support all those coconut politicians in Congress for not doing anything and taking up space, especially since Congressional representation is only about musical chairs. Anna, you should schedule an appointment for a lobotomy.

  • 23 CockroachPeople // Jul 28, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    I agree with Joe Citizen on this one. Descending from native Californians on my dad’s side and native New Mexicans on my mom’s side, I have to admit our family was never very supportive of the illegal immigration of white people into our territories.

    But I guess one group’s “illegal immigration” is another group’s “manifest destiny.”
    Perhaps we should just call Latino immigration manifest destiny. It worked for them right?

  • 24 Wise Latino // Jul 28, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    The history of a people is an interesting thing to bring up. Mexico;s history is filled with violence and slavery and ultimately their defeat for the lands of Norte Americano. The corrupt government who sold that land. Barring the removal of article 10 which would have honored land grants I fail to see the continued logic in “you stole our land”. This land was not Mexico’s originally and many countries borders were in flux during this time of the world. Whole countries no longer exist due to changes from wars, treaties….etc. What makes Mexico any diffrent?

  • 25 CockroachPeople // Jul 29, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Wise Latino–

    What part of native didn’t you understand? I said illegal immigration not stolen land. You have a pre-cogitated response based on the concept of the nation-state. Read my comment again and take a shot at originality.

    For the record, my history predates Mexico.

  • 26 CockroachPeople // Jul 29, 2009 at 11:14 am

    p.s. the corrupt government of Mexico ceded land through terms of a post-defeat treaty. This was not a transaction or even a choice any more than the Treaty of Versailles was voluntary on the part of Germany.

    There was a secret attempt to sell the ceded territory prior to the War by Lopez de Santa Ana, but that never panned out mainly because he did not make good on his promise to sell said land.

  • 27 Wise Latino // Jul 29, 2009 at 11:27 am

    I think you missed my point Croach. I will get back to that after I look up pre-cogitated.:)

  • 28 El Cholo // Jul 29, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Alaska has Sarah Palin, and we have Loretta Sanchez. It’s a tossup on whether who is dumber.

  • 29 Anna // Jul 29, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Re: ” “I don’t have anything against the Dream Act,” however I continue to support all those coconut politicians in Congress for not doing anything and taking up space…”

    No, I just don’t want Latinos to lose more seats in Congress over this issue like we lost Hilda Solis’s old seat.

  • 30 CockroachPeople // Jul 29, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Anna, you seem to have stronger commitments than Sanchez herself, perhaps you could run. I agree with a lot of your comments here. I just don’t agree with the idea of supporting Latinos only because they are Latinos. That doesn’t mean I believe that we should attack our own indiscriminately either. It just depends on the politician.

  • 31 El Cholo // Jul 29, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    We have done studies to determine why the Hispanic Community continually elects people of such low character to represent their political interests in D.C., and in Sacramento. While Hilda Solis, Raul Grijalva, and the late Henry B. Gonzalez are complete anomalies as Latino politicians, jurists like Sonia Sotomayor are even rarer. There is a reason why non-profit Hispanic civil rights organizations are so inept in protecting and securing the legal rights of Latinos who are abused by the courts. So much of this stems from the complete ignorance on how the American political system works. The other reasons are cultural and short-sighted visions that have prevented the Hispanic community from achieving something even similar to the Black community. Your attitude protects the status quo by catering to these lowlife Latino politicians, and blocks potential politicians like Hilda Solis and Raul Grijalva from rising to the forefront.

  • 32 Anna // Jul 29, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Re: “I just don’t agree with the idea of supporting Latinos only because they are Latinos.”

    I don’t do that. As I have said before, if people want better representation, then they should go out and recruit better people to run. You don’t just tear down what you already have without something better to replace it. Furthermore, you seem to forget that politicians are first and foremost responsible to the people who live and vote in their districts.

    As for El Cholo, you have low self-esteem.

  • 33 Wise Latino // Jul 29, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    If Hilda Solis and Sotomayor are what you all see is a path to latino haven you will continue to make the same mistakes for another century. The policies of both will guarantee that latinos en mass will be at the bottom rung of the economic ladder. First place to start is parenting, english and education. It is not anyone’s fault that we don’t have these. It is our own. The middle class white guy in Huntington Beach has far more in common with me than Tony Villaraigosa, Hilda Solis, Baca, Sanchez or Juizar. We get up and go to work everyday. We send our kids to public school. We drive the same freeways. We pay the same taxes. The rest of these dirtbags pretend to know me because our skin is brown and then continue to ignore our problems. They are too busy living a lifestyle that they could not had they not stuck their faces in the public trough. Many know nothing about running a business. And you all continue to think the enemy has lighter skin. How foolish you are.

  • 34 El Cholo // Jul 30, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Maybe a lobotomy will raise your IQ Anna. Think about it?

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