April 2, 2012
As predicted, the immigration "champions" are starting to speak out against Senator Rubio's attempt to woe Latino voters by offering the broken dream of permanent non-citizenship to the undocumented youth who have spent most of their lives in the United States. They should. Every American who believes in our country's
In a Huffington Post article, The Stolen Dreams Act, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) attacked Senator Rubio's proposal that would alter the DREAM Act. The original DREAM ACT would provide certain undocumented children of alien workers with permanent residency and a pathway to citizenship. Rubio's bill would provide them with a "non citizen for life" status, like Sablan's un-American, un-democratic legislation for some of the foreign workers of the CNMI.
Rep. Gutierrez correctly states that the undocumented foreign born children were brought to this country through no choice of their own. Most came as very young children because their parents wanted to keep their families together after they landed jobs in the U.S.
What Gutierrez did not say is that, just like Senator Rubio, he too supports a bill that would provide a non-citizen, un-American status for alien workers. In fact Gutierrez co-sponsored H.R 1466, a bill that provides a similar non-citizen status proposed by Rubio. Yet H.R. 1466 is even more insulting and unjust because H.R. 1466 addresses the inferior status for the CNMI's long-term foreign workers who are legal. Even worse, H.R. 1466 excludes any legal alien who will not eventually be in line for status by virtue of having an immediate relative spouse or child. Under H.R. 1466, legal, long-term foreign workers who lived and worked legally in the CNMI, on U.S. soil for 5, 10, 15, 20 or more years are excluded if they are not married to a U.S. citizen, do not have a U.S. citizen child, are gay, or are unmarried. This is certainly not "incorporating immigrants fully into society".
Until Rep. Gutierrez removes his name from H.R. 1466, should he be criticizing another member of Congress who proposes similar unjust status? How can a person who states, "You are either for making sure we have fair laws evenly enforced so that members of our society share the same rights and responsibilities as citizens and taxpayers or you are not. And you either think the type of people who are immigrants today can and will become full partners in our shared destiny -- just as our forefathers and mothers did when people doubted them -- or you do not", co-sponsor a bill that would perpetual the disenfranchisement and restrict the travel of of thousands of legal alien workers? Fair law? Certainly not. Rep. Gutierrez, you are either for a just immigration policy for all on U.S. soil, or you are not.