Illinois Congressman Gutierrez Travels Across Texas on Illegal Immigration Amnesty

Mar 11, 2009 Full story: www.reuters.com 28

Amidst a backdrop of rising unemployment and increased costs of illegal immigration, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) is spending the next five weeks visiting 16 American cities -- including El Paso, Dallas and Mission, Texas this weekend -- promoting amnesty for millions of illegal aliens and the dismantling of immigration law enforcement programs. Rep. Gutierrez describes the Family Unity Immigration Outreach Tour as an effort to "document the harm caused to citizens across our nation in the absence of comprehensive immigration reform."

What is notably missing in Rep. Gutierrez's tour is any mention of the harm mass amnesty would have on citizens and legal immigrants, or the economic toll illegal immigration has on American workers.

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American

Escondido, CA

#1 Mar 11, 2009
Write your Lawmakers! Tell them you want Americans to have jobs. Tell them we want what FDR did for the American people, he enacted Operation Wet-Back, that sent millions of illegals back home and opened up the job sector for out of work Americans!

AMERICAN JOBS FOR AMERICAN WORKERS!
Gutierrez Sux

Englewood, CO

#3 Mar 11, 2009
Gutierrez could care less if an influx on Mexicans pour across our border. He's all for Mexicans, period. He's a traitor to this country!
Illegal Aliens

Englewood, CO

#4 Mar 11, 2009
American wrote:
Write your Lawmakers! Tell them you want Americans to have jobs. Tell them we want what FDR did for the American people, he enacted Operation Wet-Back, that sent millions of illegals back home and opened up the job sector for out of work Americans!
AMERICAN JOBS FOR AMERICAN WORKERS!
Today's unemployment highs: CA 10.1% MI 11.6% RI 10.3% and SC 10.4%. Ya we need more illegal alien border jumpers. Gutierrez just sux! No AMNESTY, SHAMNESTY OR ANY FORM THEREOF!
b4its2late

Phillipsburg, NJ

#5 Mar 11, 2009
Hey Gutterass, you know full well the damage illegal aliens do. Why do you want them to stay? You know how much money they cost. Why do you defend them?

If they were white Canadians coming across the Northern border, would you be pushing amnesty? Of course not. Americans know better.

In my opinion you are a racist, looking to increase the hispanic population and pandering for votes AT OUR EXPENSE.

You and the other traitors in Government pushing amnesty truely disgust me.

Since: Dec 06

Chicago IL

#6 Mar 11, 2009
Guiternerez is a product of the Chicago machine.
He should be more worried about helping those voters who elected him in office
maryelizabeth

Seymour, MO

#7 Mar 11, 2009
The public is nieve to the truth about how our current immigration policys effect us. Lets look at the current system without discussing the humaine point of the arguement. The Borders are not secured. We have 11 million undocumented in our country and we will never be able to send them out without spending a fortune and we do not have this money in our budjet. It costs $180 dollars a day to detain one immigrant and the can hold them many months which can cost us over 30K for a six month detention in our private industry prisons. Many times the detained is not deported. The E-verify system can be worked around so that also is another trick to continue our path of more of the same. This is a complicated issue that is solved with the 3 step solution of 1)Secure the Borders-We all know there is a war on drugs and terror. 2)Open the legal immigration system and bring all the undocument out of the shadows and send them on their path to citizenship. The arguement is getting old and the same rhetoric goes in circles. If you bring everyone forward the employer will no longer be able to have access to a workforce that is not protected by labor laws. 3)Now enforce labor laws. Once the border is secure and workers do not pour through we will recognise the serious criminals.
john

Shawnee Mission, KS

#8 Mar 11, 2009
I understand he was helping illegals find Spring clean up jobs on this tour.

“Reconquer This.”

Since: Feb 08

Haymarket, VA

#9 Mar 11, 2009
Maybe this worthless Illinois Democrat (not the president one) will notice all of the environmental damage done by illegals as they trash our nation as they make their way into our country to take jobs away from citizens (you know, the fools who voted for you).
Pond Scum Gutierrez

Matteson, IL

#10 Mar 11, 2009
Battlecat wrote:
Maybe this worthless Illinois Democrat (not the president one) will notice all of the environmental damage done by illegals as they trash our nation as they make their way into our country to take jobs away from citizens (you know, the fools who voted for you).
He doesn't care. The ONLY thing he loves is his Mexican Nationals. He's worse than pond scum!

Since: Dec 06

Chicago IL

#11 Mar 11, 2009
Just on A.B.C seven Chicago they stated over 500,000
people out of work in Illinois.
Wonder how many are in his deistic?
TIm Back At Ya

Matteson, IL

#12 Mar 11, 2009
Have you heard the former Revenue Personnel Director, IL, was fired by Blago? She worked with the FBI and is now suing. Your property taxes must be sky high and growing by the day?

“Assimilate & Speak English!”

Since: Jan 07

Lansing, IL - now: Pomp Bch FL

#13 Mar 11, 2009
maryelizabeth wrote:
The public is nieve to the truth about how our current immigration policys effect us. Lets look at the current system without discussing the humaine point of the arguement. The Borders are not secured. We have 11 million undocumented in our country and we will never be able to send them out without spending a fortune and we do not have this money in our budjet. It costs $180 dollars a day to detain one immigrant and the can hold them many months which can cost us over 30K for a six month detention in our private industry prisons. Many times the detained is not deported. The E-verify system can be worked around so that also is another trick to continue our path of more of the same. This is a complicated issue that is solved with the 3 step solution of 1)Secure the Borders-We all know there is a war on drugs and terror. 2)Open the legal immigration system and bring all the undocument out of the shadows and send them on their path to citizenship. The arguement is getting old and the same rhetoric goes in circles. If you bring everyone forward the employer will no longer be able to have access to a workforce that is not protected by labor laws. 3)Now enforce labor laws. Once the border is secure and workers do not pour through we will recognise the serious criminals.
Not on your life. Never, ever, no amnesty.

We tried it in 1986 -- and were promised we would NEVER have another amnesty. They will keep that promise, come hell or high water. Period. The 1986 amnesty did not work. It would not work any better today. Beating a dead horse doesn't do much good.

It costs money to keep the illegal aliens here, and would cost far more to keep them, as it is continuing. Deporting them will cost, but once deported, we are no longer paying for them. Besides that, Attrition through enforcement will help alleviate costs associated with it. Enforce the laws. Fine and jail employers found employing them. No jobs and no housing and they will leave on their own -- bringing way down the costs to deport them.

Or, we can give them 90 days to get their affairs in order, check in with immigration and leave. If they do so, they can go home and, if they so desire, they can get in the back of the line and apply to come legally. Anyone found here illegally after that 90 days will have their belongings confiscated and will be denied - permanently - entry into this country forever. If that is not an incentive to leave on their own, I don't know what is. Any found after that are not the type we need or want here anyway.

Where there's a will, there's a way, and we have got the will to remove them and not provide any amnesty.
KNB10

Manasquan, NJ

#14 Mar 11, 2009
Most illegals here in the US do not want to continue to be in the shadows, they want to try and attain the American dream just like any other citizen does. Does it not occur to anyone that they came here for a reason, that in their home countries they are faced with persecution, severe poverty, starvation, disease, and war. Maybe they came to this country in hopes that they could escape the dark future that awaited them in their country and give their family above all children a better life. Also, what about the kids that were brought here at the ages of 2, 5 and 7 and are now 19 and 20? they were practically raised here am i wrong? they speak english, have american friends, go to american schools, and for all intesive purposes are "american." what do you suppose we should do with them? send them back too? place them in a new environment where they are undoubtedly doomed to failure, when no one can blame a two year old for what their parents have done. I disagree with a mass amnesty, but i do think that a good 90% of the illegals here are respectible, law abiding citizens. You all think that their big issue with being illegal is the taxes? Personally i know many illegal immigrants and i know for a fact the reality is not that they do not want to legalize, pay taxes, and engage in the society; instead, they simply are not given that option. We need to stop being so ignorant as a nation and realize that 12 million people cannot be expelled overnight. Also that the jobs these people hold are not jobs that the average american would want. furthermore, many of these people are good people who just want to give their families the basics, a stable home, safe environment, and an education. Who are we to deny them that dream? just think about that.

Since: Dec 06

Chicago IL

#15 Mar 11, 2009
Rebel
On A.B.C news Chicago has a short fall on schools.
Now they want Cook County to come up with 450 million.Higher property taxes will force more in to foreclosures....
Cold here was 65 yesterday with win chill 7 degrease this morning........Tim

“Assimilate & Speak English!”

Since: Jan 07

Lansing, IL - now: Pomp Bch FL

#16 Mar 11, 2009
KNB10 wrote:
Most illegals here in the US do not want to continue to be in the shadows, they want to try and attain the American dream just like any other citizen does. Does it not occur to anyone that they came here for a reason, that in their home countries they are faced with persecution, severe poverty, starvation, disease, and war. Maybe they came to this country in hopes that they could escape the dark future that awaited them in their country and give their family above all children a better life. Also, what about the kids that were brought here at the ages of 2, 5 and 7 and are now 19 and 20? they were practically raised here am i wrong? they speak english, have american friends, go to american schools, and for all intesive purposes are "american." what do you suppose we should do with them? send them back too? place them in a new environment where they are undoubtedly doomed to failure, when no one can blame a two year old for what their parents have done. I disagree with a mass amnesty, but i do think that a good 90% of the illegals here are respectible, law abiding citizens. You all think that their big issue with being illegal is the taxes? Personally i know many illegal immigrants and i know for a fact the reality is not that they do not want to legalize, pay taxes, and engage in the society; instead, they simply are not given that option. We need to stop being so ignorant as a nation and realize that 12 million people cannot be expelled overnight. Also that the jobs these people hold are not jobs that the average american would want. furthermore, many of these people are good people who just want to give their families the basics, a stable home, safe environment, and an education. Who are we to deny them that dream? just think about that.
LMAO! Nope, they did it all to themselves, and if they brought children with them, then these children need to put blame where it's due -- on their criminal parents who had no business breaking our laws and ruining their childrens' lives. They can go to their parents and ask them why they did that to them. It is not OUR fault and should not be a problem visited upon us.

Charity begins at home and we have enough citizens who need help.

If our ancestors had not stepped up to the plate to make this country better for themselves and future generations, we, too, could be in a terrible situation. Until these people decide to do something about their own countries IN THEIR OWN COUNTRIES to make it better for themselves and future generations, they will continue to have more of the same. You cannot continue to do the same thing and expect to get different results.

We cannot afford to feed the world's poor. We cannot afford to have everyone here that wants to be here. It is not selfish, it is reality. We do not have the financial ability, nor the natural resources, etc. And, if you want to make POOR and HUNGRY the criteria, Mexico doesn't quality -- poor countries in, let's say, AFRICA are far more deserving. Mexico shares land with us and *could* do something with it (like we did) but instead chooses not to. That is not our fault or our responsibility.

We have ways to immigrate here and our laws protect this country and its citizens, allowing in those who will actually contribute and not just take. Follow the laws or do not come here.

We do not need to put citizen children behind illegal alien children just because the illegals' parents decided to break our laws and put their kids in a bad situation. It is ridiculous that you would suggest such a thing.

They came because they didn't care enough to work on their own country, they saw an easier situation here, they usually pop out anchor spawn and get on the government dole (living off the taxpayer), and so on and so forth.

According to you, citizenship in this country is not worth much and we should give it away to anyone and everyone at a cheap, quick cost. That is sick.
question

Cincinnati, OH

#17 Mar 11, 2009
Rebel wrote:
<quoted text>
LMAO! Nope, they did it all to themselves, and if they brought children with them, then these children need to put blame where it's due -- on their criminal parents who had no business breaking our laws and ruining their childrens' lives. They can go to their parents and ask them why they did that to them. It is not OUR fault and should not be a problem visited upon us.
Charity begins at home and we have enough citizens who need help.
If our ancestors had not stepped up to the plate to make this country better for themselves and future generations, we, too, could be in a terrible situation. Until these people decide to do something about their own countries IN THEIR OWN COUNTRIES to make it better for themselves and future generations, they will continue to have more of the same. You cannot continue to do the same thing and expect to get different results.
We cannot afford to feed the world's poor. We cannot afford to have everyone here that wants to be here. It is not selfish, it is reality. We do not have the financial ability, nor the natural resources, etc. And, if you want to make POOR and HUNGRY the criteria, Mexico doesn't quality -- poor countries in, let's say, AFRICA are far more deserving. Mexico shares land with us and *could* do something with it (like we did) but instead chooses not to. That is not our fault or our responsibility.
We have ways to immigrate here and our laws protect this country and its citizens, allowing in those who will actually contribute and not just take. Follow the laws or do not come here.
We do not need to put citizen children behind illegal alien children just because the illegals' parents decided to break our laws and put their kids in a bad situation. It is ridiculous that you would suggest such a thing.
They came because they didn't care enough to work on their own country, they saw an easier situation here, they usually pop out anchor spawn and get on the government dole (living off the taxpayer), and so on and so forth.
According to you, citizenship in this country is not worth much and we should give it away to anyone and everyone at a cheap, quick cost. That is sick.
Well said,Rebel. Thank you from me and the millions of citizens who are sick of the illegals.
question

Cincinnati, OH

#18 Mar 11, 2009
KNB10 wrote:
Most illegals here in the US do not want to continue to be in the shadows, they want to try and attain the American dream just like any other citizen does. Does it not occur to anyone that they came here for a reason, that in their home countries they are faced with persecution, severe poverty, starvation, disease, and war. Maybe they came to this country in hopes that they could escape the dark future that awaited them in their country and give their family above all children a better life. Also, what about the kids that were brought here at the ages of 2, 5 and 7 and are now 19 and 20? they were practically raised here am i wrong? they speak english, have american friends, go to american schools, and for all intesive purposes are "american." what do you suppose we should do with them? send them back too? place them in a new environment where they are undoubtedly doomed to failure, when no one can blame a two year old for what their parents have done. I disagree with a mass amnesty, but i do think that a good 90% of the illegals here are respectible, law abiding citizens. You all think that their big issue with being illegal is the taxes? Personally i know many illegal immigrants and i know for a fact the reality is not that they do not want to legalize, pay taxes, and engage in the society; instead, they simply are not given that option. We need to stop being so ignorant as a nation and realize that 12 million people cannot be expelled overnight. Also that the jobs these people hold are not jobs that the average american would want. furthermore, many of these people are good people who just want to give their families the basics, a stable home, safe environment, and an education. Who are we to deny them that dream? just think about that.
What you have described is NOT what citizens have seen. You must have a different ethnicity of illegals in NY.



http://www.youtube.com/watch...
KNB10

Manasquan, NJ

#19 Mar 11, 2009
Rebel,
never said that citizenship is not worth much. Im saying that these immigrant children are practically american and we cant expect to expell 12 million people. It is simply irrealistic. Also imagine the amount of tax revenue that would come in if the government would legalize these people and ALLOW them to pay taxes. then it would not be us supporting them it would be all of us together. They are already here and we are supporting them, since they are staying we might as well make lemonade and get them to pull their weight. Like i said in this financial crisis, is it really realistic to spend billion on immigration when the reality is immigrants will find a way in anyway.
also, they didnt do it themeselves. the children cannot be blamed for what their parents did and its not fair to make them pay for it. Many american children have all the means to make someone of themseleves and take advantage of college and the great education system in the US and chose not too. But there are students who just so happen to be illegal that actually want to improve themseleves. Why? because for them there is more at stake. For them mommy and daddy arent going to give them a BMW at 16 and support them forever so they NEED to make something of themselves.
And you say work on their own country. Work on countries where the slightest hint of opposition is immediately silenced with fatal actions. In case you dont know your history our founding fathers beat the british because THEY gave up and frankly didn't care too much. We actually had the majority of the british parliament FOR the independence of the colonies. It wasnt all courage and guts like they make you think in 8th grade. We simply wore them out and we werent important enough for them to bother with it. These people have no where to go, whats done is done now and again it is irrealistic to assume that we can expell 12 million people in the midst of such a terrible crisis. The best option we have is give the decent law abiding citizens a path to legalization and to get in the system, allow them to pay the necessary fines and start to pay regular taxes. Allow those children who were practically raised here to go to school and achieve their dreams. In the mean time, we need to secure the borders to at least minimize the immigrant influx and secure our nation. But these people that are already here cannot just be treated as objects and thrown away after they mow your lawn. It doesn't work that way. We need reform for the immigration system on all fronts that includes dealing with those already here in a realistic manner, and ensuring that we dont allow the immigration issue to get out of hand again in the future.
KNB10

Manasquan, NJ

#20 Mar 11, 2009
question,
you raised a great issue. Most american citizens only have negative sentiments towards immigrants because that is all that they want to see. Most of you, no fault of your own, do not know the truth behind the lives that these illegals live. They do not live in lavish homes reaping the benefits of the hardworking taxpayer. They are poor, scared, and live in the shadows. It sounds like a terrible life right? but for them poverty and insecurity is manageable, but living in a country where them and their children may face death on a daily basis is not. We need to open up and understand that we need to work together to get this country up and running again. Not only do they depend on it but so do all of the citizens in America.

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#21 Mar 11, 2009
KNB10 wrote:
Most illegals here in the US do not want to continue to be in the shadows, they want to try and attain the American dream just like any other citizen does. Does it not occur to anyone that they came here for a reason, that in their home countries they are faced with persecution, severe poverty, starvation, disease, and war. Maybe they came to this country in hopes that they could escape the dark future that awaited them in their country and give their family above all children a better life. Also, what about the kids that were brought here at the ages of 2, 5 and 7 and are now 19 and 20? they were practically raised here am i wrong? they speak english, have american friends, go to american schools, and for all intesive purposes are "american." what do you suppose we should do with them? send them back too? place them in a new environment where they are undoubtedly doomed to failure, when no one can blame a two year old for what their parents have done. I disagree with a mass amnesty, but i do think that a good 90% of the illegals here are respectible, law abiding citizens. You all think that their big issue with being illegal is the taxes? Personally i know many illegal immigrants and i know for a fact the reality is not that they do not want to legalize, pay taxes, and engage in the society; instead, they simply are not given that option. We need to stop being so ignorant as a nation and realize that 12 million people cannot be expelled overnight. Also that the jobs these people hold are not jobs that the average american would want. furthermore, many of these people are good people who just want to give their families the basics, a stable home, safe environment, and an education. Who are we to deny them that dream? just think about that.
Illegal immigrants are cowards. Rather than fight to change their own country they'd rather exploit a broken system. After all, to make their country better would require "effort" on their part.

And don't think for a minute that these illegals are not scamming the system. I've taken care of countless sick anchor babies who's parents don't speak a word of english but know how to extract every bit of social welfare paid for by the US taxpayer.

And your saying we can't deport 12 million over night? I beg to differ. If we can transport 200,000 men and women to the middle east along with millions of tons of military hardware 8000 miles away, we can kick out people that don't belong in our own backyard.

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