Today I learned that Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez would be speaking on Monday, March 28 at Pomona College in Claremont, California delivering a keynote address for the Cesar Chavez Celebration titled “The DREAM Act: the Status of Immigration Reform”. Her address will take place at 7:30 pm in the Smith Campus Center, Room 208. This should be an interesting talk because Rep. Sanchez was never one of the original co-sponsors of the DREAM Act and actually did not sign on as a co-sponsor until she was publicly called out by the Orange County DREAM Team. But now, all of a sudden, Loretta Sanchez is called to speak before an audience delivering a keynote speech on the DREAM Act.
Actually, Congresswoman Sanchez has been in a position as a senior member of the House Committee on Homeland Security to probe into the detention situation, the deportation of US citizens by ICE and much more. This past summer Representative Sanchez praised President Obama for mentioning immigration in a speech and said, “That is where he really can make this an important, grass-roots base issue in many members’ districts. Maybe not this year, next year or the following year. But he’s working on it and that’s a positive thing.” Saying that President Obama is working on immigration while his administration has now set a record for the number of deportations (sometimes removing citizen children in the process) sends conflicting messages to the pro-migrant community. Sanchez is definitely in a position to advocate more forcefully for humane immigration reform and policies and has an obligation to call out the current administration when it lets enforcement run amok and when its rhetoric doesn’t match its actions.
If you happen to be in the Los Angeles area on Monday and follow immigration issues, I would encourage you to attend this talk and ask Congresswoman Sanchez what she is doing now in the current congress to advance immigration issues, and it would be a good idea to ask her what took her so long to get behind the DREAM Act. I wonder if all of the publicity that the DREAM activists were getting had something to do with it.