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Rep. Luis Gutierrez renewing comprehensive immigration push Tuesday

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below, release from SEIU...

SEIU Statement on Introduction of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform - American Security and Prosperity Act (CIR-A.S.A.P)

"Today We Are One Step Closer to Passing the Smart Immigration Reform that American Workers Need"

WASHINGTON DC--Today, Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) joined Representatives of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Asian and Pacific Americans Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, and the Congressional Progressive Caucus to introduce the "Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security Act and Prosperity" (CIR A.S.A.P.) in the U.S. House of Representatives. In response to the bill's introduction, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Executive Vice President Eliseo Medina issued the following statement:

"Thanks to the direction of Rep. Gutierrez and a diverse group of Congressional leaders, today we are one step closer to passing the smart immigration reform that American workers need. After years of delay, broken promises and political logjams, the urgency is greater than ever to get immigration reform done right; to get it done quickly; and to make sure it works for America.

"Every day Congress delays, today's dysfunctional system further drives down wages, costs taxpayers, devastates communities, and further undermines the rule of law. Until Congress passes comprehensive reforms, workers will continue to be pitted against each other--denied the opportunity to unite their strength and demand the labor and civil rights protections we need to lift our economy and raise living standards for everyone. This is unacceptable.

"The American public knows that short-sighted enforcement tactics won't begin to solve the problem at hand. The only way to ensure that every job in this country is filled by a legal permanent resident is to get undocumented immigrants out of the underground economy, into the system and under the rule of law. Done right, comprehensive immigration reform will raise living standards for all workers, strengthens our economy, and restores the rule of law for the long term. Now is the time to get it done right.

"Though I have not yet had time to study all of the details, it appears that Representatives Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) has crafted a sensible and realistic solution to our long-festering immigration problems, one that promises to restore order, end worker exploitation, and create a fair, workable immigration system. Rep. Gutierrez is committed to solving this problem, and has devoted countless hours to the issue, listening to immigrants, business, labor, even those who oppose immigration reform, and it shows in this bill. It would be a great day for America's workers if many of the ideas in this bill were to become law.

"SEIU congratulates Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) for stepping up to the plate to launch the first comprehensive immigration legislation of the year. As Congress starts a new debate - for the good of our economy and our nation - let's hope we can finally hit a home run."


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21 Comments

Here we go again! We told them before we DO NOT want amnesty for these illegal aliens! Now we have 16 million Americans out of work that could be doing the jobs the illegal aliens are doing. ENFORCE THE LAW! Get these illegal aliens back with their families in the Country where they belong! NO AMNESTY!

I agree, because my husband has been detained for 5 months. My husband has Bachelors' and Master Degree at Hofstra University. He is PHD student at Hofstra. He worked at Hofstra for 10 years. My husband was ordered deported over 15 years, but yet the government issued him a welcoming letter for permannent residence. He had a lawyer working in the case, but the lawyer was not aware that my husband had a final deportation letter. MY husband did not know himself.

This reform needs to be ASAP to save my American dream. We have two kids. One is 5 years old and the other is 8 months old. The 5 years old is constantly asking for her father whereabouts. I can't tell her where her father is. My husband is a tax payer, who beleived in the American dream and system. We are in the process of loosing our home. Our American is coming to an end.
They have attempted to sent my husband back to Haiti about 3 times but has failed. They moved him from one jail facility to the next. These jail facility are ran by private contractors. In which they are being paid by our tax money. What a waste? Talking about cutting spending money? What a joke. Please reply to my story there is more to this story.

God bless America , thanks mr Luiz Gutierrez

“If you cross the North Korean border illegally you get 12 years of hard labor.

If you cross the Iranian border illegally you are detained indefinitely.

If you cross the Afghan border illegally you get shot.

If you cross the Egyptian border illegally you get shot.

If you cross the Saudi Arabia border illegally you will be jailed.

If you cross the Chinese border illegally you may never be heard from again.

If you cross the Venezuelan born illegally you will be branded a spy and your fate sealed.

If you cross the Cuban border illegally you will rot in prison no questions asked.

If you cross the Mexican border illegally you will be jailed, beaten, and eventually thrown out.”

In stark contrast however, the email concluded like this:

“But if you cross the United States border illegally you get a job, a driver's license, social security card, welfare, food stamps, credit cards, subsidized rent or a loan to buy a house, free education, free health care, a lobbyist in Washington, and in many instances you can vote. And you never have to learn to speak our language.”

The truth is sickening, isn’t it? We’ve all understood for a very long time how the federal government and other psychopaths coddle and cuddle up to Mexican interlopers. Third World and so-called “developing nations” have a better grasp of political religious and racial preservation than we do, than the very place their own people will kill themselves to reach if given half a chance. And of course, thanks to the federal government and nationless corporations, we’re supposed to allow in the southern hemisphere order to achieve some kind of redemption through sacrifice and tolerance.

We have 16 millions Americans without a job thanks to our great Republican President Mr Bush and the bad economy not because of illegal immigrants. And let me tell you my friend, Americans do not want to do the job illegal immigrants do. Kick them out and the country will be much worse. Thanks to ignorants like you immigrants have to live under fear. Let's pray that they achieve what they want now and shut the mouth of all these ignorant Americans.

It's time to recognize the value of our immigrants to this nation and stop blame foreign workers for all mistakes and things that are going in wrong direction. People who oppose immigrants oppose themselves because this country has a portion of the world. People from different parts built this nation and are still doing. We are a melting pot!
You're so brave Mr. Gutierrez and I hope we all have a good way to solve this "problem".

I work in the service industry as a staff supervisor, and let me tell you something, American citizens do not want the jobs that immigrants do. They clean the toilets and pave the streets we all use. I've hired American citizens for these positions and they quit in two days because they consider manual labor degrading and rather file for unemployment benefits. I hire illegal immigrants because if I didn't, work would not get done. These people work hard for their money and are not ashamed to say they sweat and get dirty at work. I say shame on all you ignorant people who know nothing of nothing. My grandparents were Polish immigrants and the jobs they worked during "real hard times" they called an opportunity. My grandparents got that opportunity, why shouldn't they? ... The statue of liberty says:
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
Open your eyes, open your arms. We are Americans, we are strong and fierce, we are mighty and powerful, We are Americans, We have it all, God has given us so much, We must learn to give back some to those in need. God does not recognize national identity; God's glory is for all.

WE IMMIGRANTS ARE NOT CRIMINALS,WE PAY TAXES,EVERY YEAR,WE WORK HARD, WE OPEN BUSINESS, CREATING JOBS FOR AMERICANS TOO.WE HELP THE ECONOMY,RENTING HOUSE, WAREHOUSES,STORE,THE MOST OF THE IMMIGRANTS DO WORKS, THAT AMERICAN DONT WANT TO DO,LIKE ,HOUSECLEANERS,DELIVERY,LANDSCAPE,SOMEBODY NEEDS TO DO THIS JOBS, AND AMERICANS LOVE TO PAY LESS TO CLEAN HOUSES ETC.IT NOT FAIR,THIS CHRISTMAS,WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE OUR RELATIVES,CAN YOU IMAGINE,HOW MUCH MONEY THE AERIAL COMPANY, IS GOING TO DO,HOW MUCH THE LAWYERS,AND WHY NOT THE GOVERNEMENT,WITH THE FINE.GOD BLESS AMERICA.

This is for the ignorant people who assume, instead of informing themselves, about the rights that immigrants have in this great nations of ours. When you cross the border illegally you do not get a drivers license, social security card, food stamps, or any other government benefit. USC's who are fully documented can't even get benefits much less someone who is completely undocumented.

What immigrants actually get are the down grading looks from ignorant people; they are exploited by their employers and sometimes even by their landlords. They get to live in fear of not coming home everyday after a hard day's work because someone called ICE to inform them that illegal workers are at the job site (mind you these are jobs that Americans don’t want to perform). They get to live here without their loves ones and spend every holiday away from home. Quite of a few of them get to pay taxes but never be able to claim a refund. They get to tolerate ignorance every day of their life because of the need to feed their family and the burning desire for a better future.

Furthermore, unless you are Native American, we are all immigrants. Use your brains for something productive and trace your ancestry; you will find out that your family more than likely came from another country and therefore in your opinion you don't belong here either.

Be mindful that in God's eyes we are all his children; no matter the color or race. May his mercy be upon those who think they rule and own the world as it only belongs to him. Live your life to the fullest and remember the golden rule; DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU.

Gracias Sr. Gutierrez por su valentia y noble corazon. Gracias por su deseo de ayudar no solo a su gente pero a todos los imigrantes. Que el nuestro Senor lo colme de bendiciones hoy y siempre.

Gracias Sr. Gutierrez, que Dios lo bendiga. Espero poder votarle pronto.

By Delaware Bob said that many americans dont have job, because of illegal immigrant?THIS IS NOT TRUE.The illeal immigrant dont do American's job.If American't think that tey dont have job,because there are too many illegals in this country ... let them to come and do immirant's job, which is gas stations,cleaning job,agricultural job and much more.Needs to be AMNESTY

LISTEN UP, WE ARE HAVING A TAX REVOLT IN AMERICA TO CUT TAXES, BECAUSE WE ARE JUST NOT GOING TO PAY FOR IT ANYMORE, WE ARE LEGAL, BUT DEMANDING TAX CUTS, BECAUSE WE CANNOT AFFORD ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ANYMORE. The best thing to do, is seal the borders, send them back. This is America, if you do not come in legally like my Grandfather did, then you should be deported.No more tax money folks. No more.

THE IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL, SOME PLEOPLE,DONT UNDERSTAND,THE BILL IS JUST TO SECURITY THE BOARD IN THE FUTURE.THIS MONEY IS NOT FOR THE IMMIGRANTS,REALLY THE IMMIGRANTS HAVE TO PAY FINE AND SPEND A LOT OF MONEY WITH LAWYERS AND IMMIGRATION TAXES,, AND WAIT ABOUT 6 YEARS.BUT WE ARE HERE, HELPING THE ECONOMY,OPEN BUSINESS, CREATING JOB FOR AMERICAN TOO,WE ARE NOT CRIMINALS,MY ONLY SON IS AMERICAN 12 YEARS OLD,WE DONT WANT A GREEN CARD, WEJUST WANT A DRIVE LICENSE, SEE OUR PARENTS,IN AN OTHER COUNTRY ONCE PER YEAR,THIS IS FAIR, WE PAY TAXES, WE WORK HARD, WE DESERVE, THE PRESIDENT PROMISSED IN YOUR FIRST YEAR, GOD BLESS AMERICA.

what great american said WE HAVE GOT TO ELIMINATE THE GRINGO,,and what i mean is if worse comes to worst, we have to kill him [gringo ,white americans,if you said the brother of rep Gutierrez of illinois JOSE ANGEL GUTIERREZ founder of la raza your right,, who said WE ARE THE INDIGENOUS, THE ONLY OWNERS OF THIS CONTINENT if you said THE MEXICA MOVEMENT@ORG your right agin hell i been laboring under the conception that my for fathers the american red man not brown mexican lived here, as for amnesty go home and apply for entry like a human not a cock roach that has to move under darkness and hide from the law you have broke or stay in mexico and fight for a better life for your own country not try to bankrup mine you are here illegally and the only rights you have are arrest jail and deportation
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I LIVE HERE FOR ABOUT 8 YEARS, I CAME HERE WITH A VISA, BUT BECAUSE THE LAWS,I CANT RENIEW,I WORK HARD,THE MOST OF MY FRIENDS IMMIGRANTS,DO JOBS THAT AMERICAN DONT WANNA DO, LIKE,CLEAN HOUSE,OFFICES,CONSTRUTION,FARMS,DELIVERY FOOD,LANDSCAPE,BABYSITTER,ETC...,AND IT IS GREAT PAY LESS FOR THIS JOBS,WE CANT WAIT ANYMORE,MY FATHER AND MOTHER,DIED,AND I CANT ATTEND TO THE FUNERAL,MY ONLY SON IS AMERICAN,WHY I CAN PAY TAXES,EVERY YEAR, AND I CANT GET A DRIVE LICENSE AND ONCE PER YEAR,SEE MY RELATIVES, THIS NOT FAIR,THE MOST OF AMERICAN KNOW ,THAT THE IMMIGRANTS ARE HERE,WORKING HARD, AND HELPING THE ECONOMY,LETS REMEMBER SEN. TED KENNEDY,HE WAS TRYING TO HELP US,BUT HE DIDNT HAVE TIME ENOUGH,MR. PRESIDENT YOU PROMISSED TO HELP 12 MILLIONS OF FAMILIES, THE TIME IS NOW,WE CANT WAIT ANYMORE,HAPPY 2010 ,GOD BLESS AMERICA.WE ARE HERE,WE BELIEVE IN THIS COUNTRY,

I find this discussion intriguing, yet in some instances very alarming. Mr. or Mrs. ROMAN SPQR, you mention a number of countries in your discussion, the several of which are commonly considered to be U.S. enemies for their differences in belief systems and/or governmental structures (North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, to name the obvious). I find it interesting that your dialogue seems to suggest we should emulate these countries' practices towards undocumented immigrants; particularly when it seems to me that the ideals upon which this country was founded directly contradict what you are suggesting. If what you insinuate is how you believe we should conduct our immigration system, then I assure you- that would forever change the spirit of America that many citizens and would-be immigrants hold dear to their hearts.

In response to HUGH- I find it slightly amusing that you would take the time to paste your comments up here, without even doing legitimate homework. Virtually ALL economists agree that immigrants (both documented and undocumented) contribute to a net gain in Federal Taxes (search Douglas Nelson on Google Scholar to start, there are several more economists with more findings). To be fair, if you live in California, findings show you have a very slight negative effect on state taxes, however your suggestion that all citizens are "burdened" by paying for the education, health care, etc. of immigrants is completely irrational, and unsupported by most evidence. As LORENA states, the majority of undocumented immigrants live in such fear and desperation that they don't risk going to the doctor, much less a government office to apply for benefits. Also, since many immigrants do work and contribute to income taxes without ever filing a return, their money is all added into the mix, creating a small positive increase in taxes.

Finally, many of your comments here literally depress me- they break my heart. Why all this hate and animosity? The world has enough hate, don't let it continue with you.

The one question that I have if we legalize 12 million people does that not encouage more people to come here.

yeah! "we work hard" psh!! D:_

We do believe in LEGAL immigration.You can legally work here if you obtain a VISA, and I just watched the DISCOVERY channel where they have proof that the oldest documented drawings found in North America match completely those is France. They documented that the FIRST AMERICANS were from Europe.....many believe that the others are from CHINA, MONGOLIA, etc.
We woke up here, those of us who are LEGAL, and we didn't steal any land from anyone. We have made it the greatest country in the world. I would be sick if we were doing to Mexico what illegals are doing to the United States.
You do not DESERVE Jack SHit.....you deserve to go back and come to the US like everyone else in the world has to do it.

Amnesty will do nothing but encourage others to sneak in (like they need another reason huh?) and make America look more like mexico. Assimilate , if your wanting out of a third world craphole, why come here and try to bring this country down to that level? Or is there another agenda here? No I never expect the truth from criminals. One question, when did illegal and criminal quit meaning the same thing?
I must have missed that email.
P.S. The 4th congressional rep must be a moron.
If your legal vote, if not go home we can do our own landscaping.

Washington (CNN) -- Legalization of the more than 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States would raise wages, increase consumption, create jobs and generate more tax revenue, two policy institutes say in a joint report Thursday.

The report by the Center for American Progress and the American Immigration Council estimates that "comprehensive immigration reform that legalizes currently unauthorized immigrants and creates flexible legal limits on future immigration" would yield at least $1.5 trillion in added U.S. gross domestic product over a 10-year period.We are not criminal,we just want work hard,and help this country,GOD BLESS AMERICA.

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