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: