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WASHINGTON--In the wake of a Senate stalemate over the immigration bill--ending any prospects of passage for the time being--Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) the House lead on immigration, pleads with the Senate on Friday to not give up.

Gutierrez: "Senators must get back to the table, and they must get this done."

statement from Gutierrez....

GUTIERREZ CALLS ON SENATE TO

NOT GIVE UP ON IMMIGRATION REFORM

Congressman calls on Senate Leadership

to work out differences and to get immigration

reform legislation back on track

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Representative Luis V. Gutierrez, chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Immigration Taskforce, today released the following statement after the Senate voted against moving forward on an immigration reform bill:

"While I am extremely disappointed and dismayed with the Senate's actions last night, I think it is important to recognize the outstanding work of Senators Menendez, Kennedy, Obama, Salazar, Graham and Hagel. Throughout this debate, they have shown true compassion, courage and a commitment to getting this done.

"We have a critical, but closing, window to fix our nation's badly broken immigration system. But we must act now. We cannot postpone this debate. We cannot pass this responsibility off onto another Congress or another Administration. The safety and security of millions of men and women are at stake.

"At the end of the day, immigration is a life and death issue. I am encouraged that Majority Leader Reid said that the Senate may revisit this issue, but he and others must understand that each day that goes by without action means more people will die in the desert. More immigrants will be exploited and abused. And more innocent victims will have their lives devastated and destroyed for doing the most fundamental -- the most natural thing -- and that is trying to provide for their family and loved ones.

"How do we explain to the U.S. Citizen child that his mother is being deported because the Senate failed to invoke cloture? How do we explain to the straight-A student that he can't go to college because the Senate couldn't cut off debate? How do we explain to the child that her father died coming to the United States to pick grapes because the Congress did not have the courage to act?

"The answer is simple; we can't. Congress cannot hide behind insider Washington tactics. Senators must get back to the table, and they must get this done. This issue is too important to the security of our homeland, our families and our economy. I urge the President to get more involved to get this done.

"What I find so interesting is that after all of the tough talk about security by Senate Republicans, they voted overwhelmingly last night to endorse the status quo and to not implement critical border security initiatives. What will the history books say about their decision to keep our borders porous and to hide behind parliamentary procedures on an issue as important as homeland security?

"Immigration advocates across the country have been patient and reasonable, but this should not be mistaken for complacency. We are going to fight, and we are going to hold those who stifle this critical issue accountable for their inaction. We are going to fight for what is right -- and for what is necessary -- to keep this critical issue moving forward. The time to act is now; the time for excuses is over. Let's get this done."

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Ms. Sweet.....Reading your material it's easy to see a pattern here. On any tough subject no Dem is expected to give real answers but just sweet talk and big promises without explaining how to pay for these promises. No accountability. "Seeing through the question of English as the official language"? How lame can you get? As if this is not a legitimate concern. A weak position is not an excuse to simply dismiss a question. To become a citizen speaking English is a requirement, but to expect this rule to be followed is wrong? Go ahead, keep covering up for libs who have no answers to the tough issues, just attack the people asking the questions. How inspiring.

Immigration reform is needed, but its current form is not just or likely to be successful. I’d like everyone to remember that we were all once immigrants and that the world can no longer be divided strictly by national boundaries. We face common problems and must work together as a world community to fight them. The United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals, which call for cutting world hunger in half by 2015 and eliminating it altogether by 2025, are a good place to start thinking and acting with a global mindset. It is estimated that the expenditure of a mere $19 billion would eliminate starvation and malnutrition worldwide. In a time when the United States’ current defense budget is $522 billion, the goal of eradicating world hunger is clearly well within reach if we act together as one world.

Monsieurs Gutierrez, Menendez, Kennedy, Obama, Salazar, Graham and Hagel are rightly distressed that some in Congress are hiding "...behind insider Washington tactics".

What an outrageous 'tactic' that citizens of the various States would elect representaives to enact laws and expect thoses laws to be upheld. Foolish Proletariats.

Here is how it now works: A law is proposed, debated and with sufficient support confirmed by the 'insiders' (that would be Congress and the President). But wait, there is one further step; the enlightened, reasoned, touchy, moonstruck step.

We are now reguired to poll ZatLandMyLandForeverNotYourLandNever.

Lacking a 51% favorable, we are ALL free to ignore the law.

Don't like a law; take a poll. COOL.

Isn't CHC a carcinogen?


I suggest that the Senator resign his elected post here in the U. S. and run for office in Mexico. Instead of fretting about illegals dying in the hot sun while sneaking into this country, how about working for some changes in Mexico so these poor people don't have to risk their lives getting here. The vast majority of the American public does not want this or any other amnesty program enacted. Depending on the particular poll cited, anywhere from 70% to 80% of the taxpaying public is solidly against amnesty. It's time the government begins to carry out the wishes of those of us who get stuck paying the bill for these hated programs.

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