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Rep. Luis Gutierrez renewing push for immigration reform Tuesday

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Below, from Gutierrez....

"Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity"
to be Introduced December 15

(Washington D.C.) On Tuesday, December 15, Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) will introduce new legislation, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP), to the U.S. House of Representatives. Gutierrez will be joined by members of many different faiths and backgrounds, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Black Caucus, Asian Pacific American Caucus and Progressive Caucus.


Who:

Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (IL-4), Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Immigration Task Force
Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (NY-12), Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (NY-11), Whip of the Congressional Black Caucus
Rep. Mike Honda (CA-15), Chair of Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
Rep. Lynn Woolsey (CA-6), Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
Rep. Judy Chu (CA-32)
Rep. Joseph Crowley (NY-7)
Rep. Pedro R. Pierluisi (PR-At large)
Rep. Jared Polis (CO-2)
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-9)
Rep. Jose E. Serrano (NY-16)
Other Members of Congress

What:
Introduction of Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation

When:
12:30 pm, Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Where:
Room 2220, Rayburn House Office Building


"We have waited patiently for a workable solution to our immigration crisis to be taken up by this Congress and our President," said Rep. Gutierrez. "The time for waiting is over. This bill will be presented before Congress recesses for the holidays so that there is no excuse for inaction in the New Year. It is the product of months of collaboration with civil rights advocates, labor organizations, and members of Congress. It is an answer to too many years of pain --mothers separated from their children, workers exploited and undermined security at the border-- all caused at the hands of a broken immigration system. This bill says 'enough,' and presents a solution to our broken system that we as a nation of immigrants can be proud of."

67 Comments

Sorry Luis......I have listened to your dribble way too long......The only reform I'd like ...is to send all illegals HOME! Your gonna tell me that they didn't know they WERE breaking the law????? they knew it.....Im sorry....i hardly care what contry you came from. Your broke our our law.....GOODBYE ! Come back LEGALLY! Its not too much to ask.......Your crying about this is way old........Maybe its time you get booted from office as well.......Reagan granted with a free skate back in the 80's.....They have done nothing but continued to flood our country ILLEGALLY! What is it you do not understand......They belong a bus home!

this sounds like agood first step. but where are the republicans in all this? congress must be vert patient or very rich, this issue is taking up far too much time and money. money that could be better spent on education, socials programe, healthcare, whatever. year in year out congress comes in with the same crap. i am sure a bunch of half way smart high schoolers would do a better. it's time to get the issue resolved - once and for all. not everyone will be happy with the outcome, but i implore congress and all those responsible for passing laws in this country to debate in a sensible, respectful and compassionate manner to come up with a just resolution. it can be done and it should be done. the impression out there is that congress is incapable of tackling what seems to be an uphill battle. hopefully this will work and work fast. good luck to those involved.

No chance of this protectionist nonsense going anywhere. Instead of calling this the CIRASAP Act, how about CIR . . . DOA????

Thank you. This is good news, potentially very good news for us here in Bridgeton, NJ. The bill will, of course, draw opposition from people who want scapegoats for their fears and disappointments as well as from those who try to build power by stirring up anger and disgust, but I hope the time has come to fix what is broken and start healing the damage.

I used to support illegal immigrants, but when I look around me at work and think about how many AMERICANS could have the job these illegals have, I realize the damage they're doing here. They need to leave.

Looks like the only groups Gutierrez didn't consult with are taxpayers who would be forced to pay for illegal aliens, and the 15 million unemployed American who need the 8 million jobs that have been stolen by illegals.

The system is not "broken" and there is no need for "comprehensive reform." Rather we just need to enforce exisiting immigration laws, as was promised back in 1986!

Gutierrez and you Cacus are un-American. How can you ask Congress to look at this so called Immigration Reform Bill. There are millions of Americans out of work. Congress passed Immigration reform in 1986. It was all lies and so is this so called Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation. Why don't you and your buddies ask Obama to use the existing laws to take care of the immigration problem. This bill will solve nothing because the next wave of illegal aliens come. As far as separating children from their parents, that is on the parent for moving here in the first place and another thing, we just come for the jobs is there slogan, then why are they using our hospitals like doctors offices and going to our schools and taking welfare payments. Explain this to me loud and clear. Why do you get a life and help the American people.

Gutierrez and you Cacus are un-American. How can you ask Congress to look at this so called Immigration Reform Bill. There are millions of Americans out of work. Congress passed Immigration reform in 1986. It was all lies and so is this so called Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation. Why don't you and your buddies ask Obama to use the existing laws to take care of the immigration problem. This bill will solve nothing because the next wave of illegal aliens come. As far as separating children from their parents, that is on the parent for moving here in the first place and another thing, we just come for the jobs is there slogan, then why are they using our hospitals like doctors offices and going to our schools and taking welfare payments. Explain this to me loud and clear. Thanks for helping make the U.S. a third world country.
Why do you get a life and help the American people.

We have almost 1 year since we have waited for the decision Obama administration. The time is coming for a solution about immigration crisis. good bless your decision to introduce new legislation, the Comprehensive Iimmigration Reforme for America on tuesday 15 December.
GOOD bless you and America.

I am personally against any type of immigration reform where we reward unlawful behavior.

Any legalization program will result in rewarding unlawful behavior and will only encourage similar behavior in the future. We passed another legalization program in 1986 which the US immigration agency (USCIS) is still dealing with today. USCIS has been forced to continue to accept applications through January 31, 2010 from a 1986 program. This is a ridiculous situation. Congress (both Democrats and Republicans) was complacent and ignored the undocumented problem and because of their dereliction of their duties, the American public is now forced to choose between doing what is considered to be humane and enforcing the rule of law. Laws already exist prohibiting any of these individual from being in our country, yet Congress doesn't have the fortitude to enforce them. Both political parties share equal blame in this. The Clinton administration recognized that there was a problem and allowed those here illegally to become permanent residents on two separate occasions; once in 1996 and once in 2000. And Bush tried to pass a legalization program on two occasions; 2005 and 2007.

We should accept as many immigrants as the country can comfortably handle, but it should be limited to those who are willing to follow the rule of law, not those who disregard it, commit a misdemeanor by being in the US unlawfully and then who commit a felony by utilizing a false social security number to gain employment. This is simply Congress letting itself off the hook in the easiest fashion possible. This way they look humane and compassionate, but they cannot overcome the fact that it is their fault for allowing the employers to take advantage of the situation for so long which only encouraged more unlawful behavior.

Now is the time.It's now or never. If you don't get this through this year, who knows when you will able to get it through again. We need this.

I feel that granting amnesty to all illegals here in the U.S. will only do harm. You claim that it is inhumane to take mothers away from their children and in some ways i can understand that. I have a situation i was married to an illegal for almost 3 years i hired and immigration attorney and we were well on our way to him having legal status in this country. He cheated on me, left me for another woman and had a child with her. We have a 2 yr old daughter together and he lives in the same town we do and has had no contact with his daughter for over a year. He did not pay one red cent for her survival until he was forced to when he filed for divorce in April of 2009. His child that he has with his girlfriend does not have his last name so that she can get state benefits. She claims that the father is in Mexico, City. He lied to his divorce attorney several times and i had to disprove all that. He is working with somebodys name who is in prison and not filing a tax return at all. So when this man gets out of prison he will have to suffer reprocussions for not filing taxes when he wasn't even aware that he was working because he was in prison. I spent $3000 to get my husband his legal status and when i canceled his papers i didnt receive a refund at all. I spoke to immigration and explained the situation and told them i was canceling his papers as well. If you want to grant amnesty to all the illegals here then all the citizens should be able to steal an identity and get credit cards and rack up bills and suffer no consequences for their actions. That would be the fair solution because that is basically what you are doing for the illegals here now. How is that fair to the citizens name they are using to work with. I do not understand it's a bunch of crap if you ask me.

Gutierrez is right. There has been too much tearing families apart, too many years of pain; husbands separated from wives, mothers separated from their children. But it wasn’t caused at the hands of a broken immigration system; it was caused by This Dysfunctional American Government, by their protection of the illegal. As a result, thousands of American citizens of all ages, from infants to senior citizens have been terrorized, raped, robbed and murdered by this invading army of foreign nationals illegally in this country.

Let’s take a look at just one of the many atrocities committed by Mexican and other foreign nationals illegally in this country.

Recently Leticia Flores, an illegal living in Florida (first law she broke) that permanently tore an American family apart. This illegal was driving a Honda SUV without a license (second law she broke) speeding (third law she broke) on an American street where she didn’t belong, pursuing “a better life” she is not entitled to, at the expense of 10 year old Darness Brown and her older sister and the rest of her family. This illegal struck the two American girls who were riding scooters, killing (the ultimate law she broke) Darness and seriously injuring her older sister. After the so called accident, Flores left the scene with no regard of the welfare of the two American girls she left laying in the street to die. Flores statement “I didn’t call police because people were helping the girls”. Translation, the girls were just Americans, my welfare is more important; it’s no concern to me if they live or die.

The truth is, if this illegal Leticia Flores was not here, where she doesn’t belong, Darness Brown would be living her “American Dream”, and she would be alive today and not permanently “separated from her American family”. Darness won’t be waking up this Christmas morning to find presents under the tree, she won’t be able to celebrate with her family; Darness will be in the ground under a headstone. For her family, this Christmas will be a Christmas not of joy but of sorrow and tears. This illegal Leticia Flores took this little girl’s life but she is not the only one responsible. This whole Dysfunctional American Government is responsible as well.

Gutierrez YOU and people like you are just as responsible for this death. You offer the illegal a “path way to citizenship” the only PATHWAY YOU OFFERED DARNESS BROWN AND HER AMERICAN FAMILY WAS A PATHWAY TO THE GRAVE YARD. How does it feel to know you helped kill this 10 year old American Child? How many more do you want to KILL?

I have been waiting so long for this to finally happen. Somewhere along the line some of you are missing the point of the benefits for a immigration reform. I have been living in this country since 1964 and originally came with a resident visa, but I can understand the need for this reform. My best friend has been working for 16 years with the same company and has paid taxes for 16 years. We must find a way to separate the immigrants that come here to work and those that come here to cause trouble. Those that come here to work and have been honorable will be able to submit their paperwork and come out of the shadows. You have to understand that it is simply not realistic to think that you are going to grab 12 million+ and make them leave. IT CANNOT BE DONE! We must be able to distinguish theses two categories. And one last thing, don't you people know that to receive welfare you need a social security number? Or am I wrong? Congratulations on this iniciative and GOD bless!

It will nevr be fixed because If you are an american who could travel everywhere without restriction, it is easy for you to say .

i dont know what to say i know immigrants but when i read others comments i think...yes they did wrong....Yes they have a cause but why punish the children....im sorry but im hoping with all my heart that they pass it....but i understand where others are goin...thank you

No one american will work at that job where immigrants will.
Have you ever see american who works on hourly position for $8.50 doing construction or cleaning? Most of that workers are aliens and $8.50 for them is enough to stay here. So don't tell me anymore that there is so high unemployment rate.
Or you feel yourself genius because your parents gave you a life here?

I have just this to say. I'm borne here and my 10 grand father therefore I'm US citizen since many years.I want to encourage everybody to support this law and remember that our parents that came here 100 or 50 years agos was immigrant and also the future and hystory is here to judge us.The illegal are not criminal among them there are skilled people that our country can use for our interest.
Hope that we thing of the LORD and do the right thing. GOD bless America

i support legalizing illegals, but as follows as long as they came to this country either by some sort of visa or etc.. rather than sneaking their way through tunnels. As long as you pay your taxes not a criminal and came to this country legally why not legalize them? they are here apparently for a reason, they love this country, and we should be thankful, make them citizens and get it done with. This country has no specific race so lets legialize the people as long as if they have been doing good.

Immigration reform?????????? We already have immigration laws and they NEED TO BE ENFORCED! I wonder how many of the "Hispanics" in Aurora are actually illegal aliens from Mexico. Make sure when you call Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez to complain you press 1 for English!

LEGALIZE OUR PEOPLE!!!!!
LEGALIZE OUR PEOPLE!!!!!

illegal aliens arent just mexicans,there are many other races too, i wish all the "legal" people would read a news paper more often!! seriously we all came from differnent countries, ireland, englan etc, we need to recognize that our country needs something to improve our economy issues, so this is obviosly going to help.

I just feel bad about those who feel opposed to the immigration reform. I mean these people come miles and miles to get here in the US to find a decent job, however some dont make it here and die in the deserts. Maybe others should be thankful they have what they have. These people have to work long days in the sun trying to feed their families, not sitting all day in a computer with an AC ventilating them.
Not all of them are criminals, we have criminals everywhere just look at the news. We have better jobs because we know how to work harder and are not lazy and want a better life, and some americans see that and Ive seen that. All I have to say is that its tough outthere, but I hope there is a solution to this and a good one at that, were everyone is happy.

Thank you. This is good news

I am waiting to see what enforcement he is in this bill.

Will there be any laws against coming into the country after this bill? If so, what compassion will we require to have those future families who will claim they are being kept apart?How will this amnesty be any different from those past?

The people waiting patiently abroad for the right to work and live here, instead of sneaking across the border or over staying a visa, will they get to come here and work ahead of the sneakers, or will they feel that they should have also ignored the law and come here illegallyz/

James West. What immigration laws ? I've petition my brother when he was 12 years old. now, he is 21. Until now his papers must be sitting on someone's desk. Is this the law that you are talking about ? You better wake up!

Remember MLK's I have a dream. Give these people a chance!

I was brought to this country from Mexico at the age of 2. My family came in search of a better life. We came in seek of the American Dream. We pay taxes, we work, we are not criminals. I been here for 14 years, I attened school, speark English and Spanish, I know the laws as well as any other American, I am currently a senior in hgih school. Excuse me for breaking the law but according to history the founding fathers of America had to break Britian's law in order to have a better life. A reform will help out my family's situation and many other families in simular situation. A reform will also help out students like me who hope to continue their education to help out their country (USA). It is not our falut we are here illegaly. We did not have a chose to come to this country. We may be born in a different country but we have lived an american way of life.

I can not believe how many ignorant people we have living in this country. People have to look at facts before making comments. First of all, you can not tell me that the reason why there are no jobs is because illegal immigrants took the jobs. Give me a break. They take the jobs that too PROUD Americans do not want. Second illegal immigrant can not received welfare. If the children were born here then the children can receive benefits. Third is that crime has always been here. What I have been hearing about in the needs is about an American mother killing her daughter. An American family (father and sons)that where molesting there own family members. So if we going to look at crimes committed lets look at it as a whole not only at what can benefit our point of view.What the US needs to do is start thinking for themselves and stop following others and listening to their misinforms friends. This country was built on immigrants. And everyone that post a negative comment about immigrants be sure to look at your family tree I bet someone came here by boat. From what I remember from History class is that the real people that belong in this country are Native Americans. In other words, we all need to be shipped out.
I just pray that God will give wisdom and compassion to everyone that is trying to get this situation resolved.

What many still don't understand is that politicians like Gutierrez don't care what you think. It is about votes and if they get these illegals in, they become voters for he and his fellow Hispanics. Other politicians like Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) ride the wave. Their districts are full of liberal left wing idealogues. It's not un-American, it's POWER! That's what has always driven politicians. If you want to degeat him, vote against his ideologies or vote he and people like him out of office. He preys on politically correct people out there (and there are loads of them) by playing the race card and using guilt. He and his allies do not care about the white voter but use their vote until they have acheived the numbers/backing of their own people (Hispanics) and are then able to cast the white and black vote aside. Look at Europe! It's happening there with Muslims.

It is requirement of the time

I am praying that this time the reform will be passed. It is time to end all the non sense and the crazy hatred against inmigrants... the ones that have been living an honorable life in the States should be given an opportunity to become citizens so they can continue contributing to this country without fear of being deported. There are bad people but there is tons that are HARD workers, HONEST people that have done nothing but contribute their best years of life to the enrichment of this country. Congressman Gutierrez...God bless you for your heart of compassion and for your courage to take this forward!!! My prayers are with you!
The Bible says in Deutoronomy 10:12-19:
"To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. Yet the LORD set his affection on your forefathers and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations, as it is today. Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and DO NOT BE STIFF-NECKED any longer. For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. HE DEFENDS THE CAUSE OF THE FATHERLESS AND THE WIDOW, AND LOVES THE ALIEN, giving him food and clothing. AND YOU ARE TO LOVE those who are aliens, for you yourselves were aliens (If not you, your forefathers were at some point)..."

There is nothing more racist than someone who holds a public office and advocates that people of his race are above the law and should be rewarded for breaking the law

Does anyone really believe that is the illegals were not of Gutierrez's RACE that he would be doing this?

It's amazing how many people don't try to get the facts concerning this issue. If Americans had been willing to take these jobs the vacuum would not have been created. Countless employers offer anecdotal information stating that every time they hire an American, they work for a few days and move on... never to be heard from again. I work closely with this community (My family came here in the 1600's) and can not say enough good things about their work ethic, sense of family and overall values. As to the "illegal" part of this.....Try to put yourself in the shoes of a person working for $5/day. The American border is very enticing when it comes to supporting your family. Also an illegal crossing is a misdemeanor. Have you ever received a speeding ticket?
I side with former Fed Chairman Greenspan who stated that we need these people to keep our economy going. In fact he states that we are going to need more of them. He therefore proposes that a comprehensive immigration bill is badly needed. Please please don't succomb to a knee jerk reaction...do your homework.

How can the government take an ILLEGAL act and make it legal? Is it such an easy process if so, lets find LEGAL ways to open the prison doors and let "small time" criminals out. It seems very logical to me thats whats fair for one should be more than fair for the other (after all one IS an American citizen)

I've been living in the US for the past 7 years. Both my parents are now residents and I am an undocumented student because I was over 21 when my sister (citizen) petitioned for them. In the meanwhile, I can't work, I have no credit, I cant access loans and I'm afraid to apply for an internship because of immigration status. I'm not a criminal but I have little rights. My existence here is of benefit to the country, my parents have to pay for me and everything I do costs money and a portion of that goes to the state/fed. government as taxes. I'm not one of those people looking to marry someone for the status to cheat on them, I am not a drug dealer nor am I using anyone's SS# but I'm up against a wall because of the current laws. If the proposed reforms don't pass, how am I going to finish my career? How will I be able to repay my parents for efforts when they get older? I'm trying to survive here which is why my family and I moved to the US in the first place...the same way most of your ancestors did well before you were born. It's not my fault that my parents didn't move to this great, democratic country before I was conceived. So please think of the people like me that ARE good citizens and struggle everyday to do the things some rightful citizens take for granted.

Chitown Lady, I agreed with you 100%. The only immigration reform is to send them back where they come from. Not only massive deportation should transpire, All greedy employers of illegal aliens should be arrested and Face Federal charges for illegal hiring. Remember, the only way to stop illegal immigration is to stop their greedy employers. Remember, the reason that greedy employers hires illegal aliens is for the purpose to pay low wages, avoid of giving health insurance, avoid of giving pay vacations, avoid of giving 401K plans and other benefits. We have millions of unemployed Americans and Legal immigrants that are desperately looking for a job to feed their families while all of these illegal aliens are working free of fear. Since Obama and napolitano halted the immigration raids in American work places, more illegal aliens are taking more of the american Jobs. All sold out U.S politicians should be taken off from Office starting with Gutierrez.

hey you did not post my comments ,was it to strong for your newspaper ? because i was telling the truth??

Chris, Roger, Bob and all of you with stupid comments are as stupid ar your comments. If you dont support the immigraion reform, its fine but dont talk like you know everything. First of all the illegal immigrants that currently here do pay taxes, second of all bob the illegal immigrant the killed the girl thats a stupid excuse, anybody could have killed her, it could have been you if or any other american. Accidents happen we just dont who its going to happen so dont try blaming all accidents on illegal immigrants because americans are also a big a cause of many accidents, third of all, americans who dont have jobs, dont have one because they are lazy, I can imagine if all illegal immigrants were sent home, who would do all the jobs that they currently do, are you bob, roger, or chris going to go work in the orchards, and pick all the fruit that the rest of the americans enjoy to eat. No, that's what I think you guys are going to say. I bet you that if you were to go pick apples for one day you would be the one to want to leave this country. So all you selfish people stop talking crap because you dont know all the facts. You are just being stupid. Plus the reform would give legal status to those who deserve it only and to everybody like you guys are thinking. The reform has its requirements and its not going to be a piece of cake for those who want legal citizenship.

Why should illigals be treated any different than any other criminal? They are breaking the law and should be prosecuted like any other law breaker. Those that have qualms against prosecuting them should come by my neighborhood and see all of the cars parked in the yards, and look at the fact several families live in a single dwelling house.

If common sense was applied to immigration reform many of these issues might be easily resolved. There should be no amnesty for illegal aliens - why reward bad behavior! It is so unfortunate that such a large part of immigration reform is directed towards illegal immigrants when legal immigrants who have legally entered the country and are doing "the right thing" are left on the sidelines. There are an estimated 250,000+ change of status individuals waiting to become permanent legal residents. These are legally employed, law abiding, and taxpaying individuals whom are stuck in an antiquated visa system instituted some 20 years ago. These are individuals already in the United States whom are legally employed and waiting to file the final step in permanent residency. Due to the unwillingness of congress to raise employment visa limits, currently set at 140,000 per year, we continue to retrogress and back up the waiting line for these individuals. Again, if common sense was utilized, the “Green Card Lottery” would be eliminated. Why are we letting lottery winners into the country when there are so many talented and highly educated individuals waiting for years? The answer, as I see it, is overhaul LEGAL immigration and get tougher on ILLEGAL immigration. Bring in the best and the brightest, making our country stronger, and remove the illegal’s who weaken and make it unsafe.

I am glad that finally someone is taking the first step, to take out of the dark millions of people that came here legally but because a broken inmigration system were forced to become illegal. And for those who think that inmigrants are taking the job of the americans, YOU HAVE TO REMENBER THAT WE ARE HERE BECAUSE AMERICANS WERE SO LACY TO DO THEIR JOB, THAT IT WAS EASY TO HIRE A CHEAP LABOR. Now that America is in crisis it easy to blame the illegal alient. Stop complaning and start working. This is a country of opportunities, stop crying americans and get to work.

This is good news...
First of all, enough with the accusations that Illegal Immigrants are stealing their (Americans) jobs! I have sOo many reasons to debunk that statement- (1) Will "Proud" Americans be willing to scrub the toilets of their fellow "Proud Americans"? I DONT THINK so!? I bet U guys vomit right away the moment u hold a toilet scrubber!!! (2) Will "Proud" Americans be willing to wipe an elderly man's ASS & stay w/ them 24 hrs/ a day (Live-In)? Or maybe, ur Grandparent's ASS? I don't think sOo!!! If Americans were sOo willing to wipe an ASS or stay & spend time w/ the elderly, the families of these elderly people wouldn't have to hire these 'so-called' Illegal Immigrants in the first place!!!
I admit, Many Illegal Immigrants do take away some jobs, But NOT ALL OF THEM!!!
And MANY OF US, they PAY their DUES- TAXES!!! (Through Tax I.D. Number 'TIN')
In other words, they're actually contributing to the economic growth of this country due to the TAX Dollars that they give every tax season.

For those blame every thing on immigrants:

Wake up. You guys all want to buy cheap stuffs and bring in the undocumented workers here. Exploit them, pay them at a low salary, treat them inhumanly. Now, you complain that they take your jobs. Find out how much they contribute to this nation at their costs before you curse them!

Also, only native Indian people have the right to say that they are the owners of this land. Where are they? You guys are all illegal immigrants or their descendants.

Shame on you!

I think the people who are against immigration reform are selfish and ignorant. I am half hispanic and half white. I am married to a Mexican citizen who entered the country illegally. I have been with for 5 years and have two children with including a newborn. He has been here for seven years working his butt off to support his family in Mexico and his family here. Everyone that knows him know that he is the hardest working man they have ever seen. He is willing to work any job that he can get regardless of how hard it is or how bad it pays. He dreamed of coming to this country since he was little boy. Even though we are legally married and have children he still cannot become legal without leaving the country because he entered illegally. Him leaving would be devastating to me and my children who are all US citizens. I just want people to see things from another point of view. Most of the people that I know that came from other countries, like my husband and grandparents are good hardworking people and deserve to have the same oppurtunities that we as Americans have.

Hey i'd like to ask some of you that think that we're breaking families apart by breaking up a unlawful act What does that mean? Don't we do that everyday when we send a man to jail for breaking the law??? The man who stoled thousands of $ or how about the guy that had a few too many to drink and killed someone with his car Oh i know how about the lady that killed her kids they all have family somewhere or did they just drop here?? Oh lets just throw out the law and let everyone just hold on to their own no laws! Or better yet why not just go back to the times when "the law" was what benefited the most powerful at the time. Oops already there, if allowing illegal imigrants the right to come here and take the jobs and benefits of the American citizens then benefitting only the rich is what is happening.

Also for you that won't say who you are you sign in as Anonymous I was just wondering are you here illegally? If so are you breaking the law is that why you hide? Did you get your job with a stolen SS card? If not then please tell me what jobs do you think we americns won't do I've cleaned bathroom and wipe up after people that would make you turn your head and i did it for 3.50 a hr, you think for some reason Americans are lasy thats just a way for you to condone breaking the law!!!! You say you come here for a better life well we Americans want a better life TOO

You idiots that say illegal aliens should be able to keep the jobs they stole from Americans should leave my country now. Shame on any public official who puts illegal alien trash before the American citizens who voted them in. All illegal alien rats need to be deported to there home country, the USA does not need a 1 of you. No amnesty, only follow the laws on the books and make it unbarable for these illegal alien leaches to try and live here. They should be persecuted, shamed, tared and featherd, abused, profiled tear there familys apart, they have no one to blame but them selfs for thinking they are above the law. I did not fight and spill blood for this country and loose a eye and lung fighting for this country so some mexican can sneak in here like a rat across a fence. mexicans have no loyalty to the USA, you can see it in Guterizz who only cares about law breaking mexicans, not the USA citizens he was elected and swore to represent, he only resents

Well, Louie, you say those who've committed crimes won't be allowed on the yellow brick road? Okay, let's send those home who've:
1. Broken into this country
2. Presented false documentes for employment.
3. Given fake names for employment.
4. Stolen a Social Security number
5. Robbed
6. Raped
7. Murdered
8. Has an illegal driver's license
9. Driven drunk
10.Driven drunk and hurt/killed someone
11.Molested children
12.Involved in domestic abuse

Wait, Louie! You say all the above are okay because it's the illegal's culture and we must accept it? Not on your snake-eyed life! We're going to fight so hard you won't believe it. When they are returned to their countries of origin, you will lead the way. It's rather strange to have someone as a representative of our country while he represents Mexico and other corrupt governements who urge their people to break into our nation.

FIRST WE HAVE ENOUGH REAL AMERICANS FLYING REAL AMERICAN FLAGS FOR AMERICA. WE DONT NEED 12 TO 20 MILLION DISRESPECTFUL PEOPLE ON OUR WELFARE ROLLS GETTING ALL THE FREEBIES? AND COMPLAINING ABOUT AMERICA AND FLYING A MEXICO FLAG SCREAMING VIVA MEXICO AND LARAZA ? WHO THAT IS A REAL AMERICA BUILDING AMERICAN WOULD WANT THAT MESS WHO?? A REAL AMERICAN CITIZEN> P.S. FOR WHICH YOUR NOT LUIS MEXICO TIME FOR YOU HASTA LA VISTA

omg!I can not belive all you people against it you are all a bunch of hypocrites how cooks your food at restaurants who cuts your lawn you builds your houses,HISPANICS!You people complain about unemployment this is all Bull..The jobs that we do no other race including african americans would do because you are lazy.being paid $8 or less an hour is great and enough for us.Unlike you, you think you are divas wanting to work for more either that or u go get an unemployment check or go on disability.Even though you are perfectly healthy to work!.I appreciate the Americans that support Illegal immigrants,I wish there were more people like you.I really hope that this gets passed.Come on seriously what would you do without us huh.Imagine if we all left then you pretty much would be screwed(please excuse my language,negative people piss me off!!!)

Here's an idea that will help keep the families of illegal together.

Send the back home!

Legal immigration, through the proper procedure is a wonderful idea, but illegal is illegal. Period.
Illegal immigration is a criminal act and MUST be treated as such. You want a better life, fine! Clean up your own country first, or follow the laws that are in place. We don't want criminals.

SOMEONE DARED SAY WHO WOULD CUT YOUR GRASS? WHO WOULD WORK AT McDONALDS? WELL FIRST OF ALL THE 13 TO 15 YEAR KIDS LEARNING RESPONSIBILITY AND MAKEING MONEY WOULD CUT THE GRASS AND WHATEVER? AND MCDONALDS WE IN AMERICA HAVE TEENAGERS LEGAL CITIZENS VERY CAPEABLE OF DOING OLD McDONALDS CHORES THANKYOU? NOT ONLY THAT THIS WORK FORCE OF LEGAL AMERICANS? DONT REQUIRE FOODSTAMPS? WELFARE? FREE LUNCHES? FREE BREAKFASTS? FREE MEDICAL? JUST LOOK AT THE SAVEING FOR AMERICA? AND THESE WORKERS DONT CARRY MEXICAN FLAGS PROTESTING U.S.A.? LOTS TO THINK ABOUT THINK? THINK? A BIRTH CERTIFICATE CARRYING LEGAL AMERICAN TAXPAYER AT THAT>>>THANK YOU>>THINK>

To Dave-co. You don't sopund like you care about this immigration bill at all. You just sound like a racist jerk who needs a place to vent. How dare you call anyone trash or rats, whether they are from Mexico or not. My father fought for this country as well in the service and guess what Dave, he's a Mexican. You make me sick, you are calling millions of people in this country rats and trash, including my children and grandparents and father. I think people like you are the real trash. You are so ignorant and arogant it makes me sick. Maybe you should be sent somewhere else. We are nation of immigrants, remember that.

I'm one of does illegals that are getting for this reform. I'm hoping these reform gets passed because just like Americans I want a better life. I respect the Americans that work every day no matter where they work. for the ones that don't because they want to work in a job that pays more than 9 dollars an hour or they just want to be working in an office makes me think that we don't still their jobs. we the LATINOS we work in the fields to take the food out in the stores and then to your kitchen. We are the ones that cleans the bathrooms, their offices, and even their homes only we do it to get money for our kids while some Americans the government gives them money. LATINOS do more then some of the americans that live here. I'm not saying all americans are like that but just like americans say they're some bad latinos you guys also have your bad people. so stop talking bad about us when your own people have issues too! some latinos are good people who might change things later on so please pass this reform for the ones that do need it and are looking for a better life.

YOU AMERICAN,SHOULD HAVE MORE RESPECT FOR THE IMMIGRANTS, DO YOU REMEMBER KATRINA,ANDREWS,ETC,THE IMMIGRANTS ,HELP TO REBUILT THIS PLACES,WHO CLEAN YOUR HOUSE,YOUR LANDSCAPE,DELIVERY FOOD,BABYSITTER,AND IT IS GREAT TO PAY LESS FOR THIS PLEOPLE,MY ONLY SON IS AMERICAN 12 YEARS OLD,THIS IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL,THIS MONEY IS TO SECURITY THE BOARD IN THE FUTURE,THIS MONEY IS NOT FOR THE IMMIGRANTS,THE IMMIGRANTS HAVE TO PAY FINE , PAY LAWYERS AND IMMIGRATION TAXES,AND WAIT UNTILL 6 YEARS,THIS ECONOMY TROUBLE IT IS NOT OUR FAULT, 3 YEARS AGO, WE WERE HERE AND IT WAS GREAT FOR EVERYBODY,WE ARE HELPING THE ECONOMY,RENTING HOUSE,OPEN BUSINESS CREATING JOBS FOR AMRICAN TOO,WE CAN PAY TAXES EVERY YEAR RIGHT AND WHY WE CANOT TAKE A DRIVE LICENSE AND SEE OUR PARENTS FOR YEARS,THIS NOT FAIR,WE ARE HUMAN,WE HAVE HEART,WE JUST WANT WORK HARD AND HELP THIS COUNTRY,GOD BLESS AMERICA.

JULIANO YOUR A MEXICAN AMERICAN IS THAT RIGHT? ARE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ASSIMMALATED TO AMERICAS LAWS AND POLICIES? DO YOU RUN UP AND DOWN MAIN STREET U.S.A. WITH A MEXICO FLAG CUSSING AMERICA? THEN YOUR A MEXICO MEXICAN NOT A AMERICAN MEXICAN THATS PROUD OF THEIR NEW COUNTRY. ALSO THIS REAL AMERICAN TYPE FLYS AN AMERICAN FLAG AND DEFENDS HIS NEW COUNTRY.>>>>>>>>AN AMERICA BUILDING AMERICAN>>

LUIS GET REAL HOW MANY DOES YOUR REAL COUNTRY(MEXICO) LET IN LEGALLY IN 1 YEAR? WELL THE U.S.A. LETS IN CLOSE TO A MILLION A YEAR LEGALLY. NOW SINCE MEXICO RUINED THE IMMIGRATION SYSTEM? THE U.S.A. NEEDS TO ENFORCE ALL ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION LAWS AND MAKE MORE IF NEEDED?THE REST OF THE WORLD CAN THANK MEXICO FOR RUINING A GOOD THING AS USUAL. AN AMERICAN CITIZEN>>>>>

coetsee said everyone that knows him know that he is the hardest working man they have ever seen. He is willing to work any job that he can get regardless of how hard it is or how bad it pays. He dreamed of coming to this country since he was little boy. Even though we are legally married and have children he still cannot become legal without leaving the country because he entered illegally. Him leaving would be devastating to me and my children who are all US citizens. I just want people to see things from another point of view. Most of the people that I know that came from other countries, like my husband and grandparents are good hardworking people and deserve to have the same oppurtunities that we as Americans have.

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I JUST WANT TO SAY ALL THESE PEOPLE THAT POST COMMENTS HERE ARE SELFISH BECAUSE THEY ARE ONLY THINKING OF THEMSELF'S AND PEOPLE THAT HAVE WHAT THEY HAVE I AM BORN AND RAISE IN THE U.S. & I WOULD LIKE TO SEE EVERYONE TO BE CONSIDERED EQUAL. LUIS I APPLAUDED YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU BECAUSE GOD WANTS US TO BE EQUAL WITH EACH OTHER.. HE SAID WE ARE BROTHERS AND SISTERS I MAY NOT GO TO CHURCH BUT IM WELL EDUCATED AND I ALWAYS THINK OF OTHERS & AGAIN MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP GOING FORWARD BECAUSE ALL THE NEGATIVE THINGS IS WHAT MAKE ONE STRONG AND BRING EVERYONE TOGETHER. & MAY GOD BLESS ALL THAT THINK NEGATIVE BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT PERFECT.. NO ONE IS SO WHO EVER IS INNOCENT LET THEM CAST THE FIRST STONE BUT IT WILL ONLY BOUNCE BACK TO THEM. WE ARE ALL THE SAME ANGLOS, AFRICAN AMERICANS AND MEXICANS THATS JUST A NAME. BUT FROM INSIDE & OUT WE ARE ALL EQUAL(THE SAME). SO LETS KEEP GOING FORWARD PEOPLE NOT BACKWARDS. EVEN IF A LAW WAS BROKEN EVERYONE BRAKE'S LAW'S EVEN IF ITS JUST A WHITE LIE BUT IT'S BROKEN & YOU ARE FORGIVIN. WELL THESE PEOPLE ARE HERE. SO HELP THEM CAUSE LATER THESE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO HELP US. HOW IS THAT... THE MEXICAN ARE GETTING POUNDED WHEN OTHER RACE'S ARE THE ONES MESSING UP THE U.S. I DNT HEAR ANYONE SAYING OH F%#$ING MUSLUMS THEY CAUSE THE 9-11 THEY HIGH JACKED A PLANE AND KILL US INNOCENT PEOPLE AND WHO IS HERE FIXING THE U.S MEXICAN'S GET REAL PEOPLE BLAME OTHER'S THAT ARE HERE TO HURTS US. AND EVEN THO NOT ALL MUSLIM'S ARE A LIKE BUT WE NEED TO OPEN OUR EYES AND SEE THE ONE'S THAT ARE HERE TO HURT THE INNOCENT.... IN MEMORY OF ALL THAT HAVE PERISH BECAUSE OF OTHERS MISTAKES. EVERYONE FROM 9-11 EVERYONE FROM TIJUANA AND FOR THE SOULS THAT HAVE TRYED TO CROSS THE BORDERS AND DIE FOR A BETTER LIFE TO HAVE WHAT WE HAVE THAT'S NOT A SIN THAT IS CALLED PROGRESSING IN LIFE.

It amazes me to see how ignorant people are. Lets get something straight, luis guitierrez is Puerto Rican, as in from Puerto Rico, the country. Hes not Mexican as some of the people up here claim. This reform does not only apply to Mexican immigrants, but to the many other south american, central american, eastern european, asian, and african immigrants that are in this country. This issue has simply turned more into a racial issue. It isnt about the jobs that immigrants have stolen, honestky i dont see how this even relates to that because illegals are not coming here and kicking people out their cubicles and taking their job. Also people say that welfare, this and welfare that. Illegals cant benefit from this. because well their illegal. ALL those programs require a ssn if anything you should talk about all the people that abuse the system and take so much advantage of free goverment money . Now regarding taxes, most undocumented people pay their taxes through their tax number and contribute to the economy.I just want others to imagine how badly things would turn out if suddenly every single immigrant, not just the mexicans...got kicked out, think of the impact to the economy as a whole. I just think that people dont really care much about the fact that theyre immigrants, but rather are racist. Ignorance will not solve the problem.

For the record to those people who think they are taxpayers who will have to pay for the illegal immigrants.... Most illegal immigrants work and get taxes taken out of their checks and because they are illegal most of them do not file their taxes so that is millions of dollars that the U.S. government is gaining so you should all just be quite.

Chitownlady and Chris,


Better start getting a blue-collar job,I bet your jobs are the most convenient jobs in this country like all other Americans,they only want jobs that are easy,not messy and pays good.If you want massive deportation then go to nursing homes,care homes,hospice care facilities,etc.and you'll see that most of the people who work there are undocumented people.If I were you,don't send your parents to nursing homes,teach yourselves how to change and clean dirty diapers,feed them,pay attention to them and love them.Good thing, I were you guys!!!!

Illegal immigrants would never come here fi they coould not find a so called 'American Employer' willing to hire. This is Economics 101. What happen when big companies cannot find qualified cheap labor then they outsource overseas taking 'American Jobs' to other countries.
The solution being given by some people here to send 12 million people somewhere else is the MOST stupid idea. Just to think the negative economic impact this action would make in many communities would be so devastating, and who would we have to thank?
Now, it is true the country needs to get rid of people that is not worth keeping, but those qualified immigrants. Some of them have talents not easily found that the economy and economic future of this country would benefit if they were allowed to get a legal status. And for those so called 'unemployed Americans' do not expect the government to solve all your problems. Many things can be done: relocate, go back to school, change careers do not sit around trying to blame someone.

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.

Senator Gutierrez, I am greatful that we still have people in the congress that speak for us. Thank you for pushing the immigration reform last year, I know and have faith that this year 2010 we are gonna have a Immigration Reform for all the people that are illegal in the United States. And when the Reform happens it will be because of your hard work you have done in the past years. Senatar Gutierrez heres a lemma for you: WINNERS NEVER QUIT, LOOSERS ALWAYS QUIT!.

Its funny yall say were taking your jobs. Ha....
How many white people are homeless? You tell me that!! You that can get jobs and go to school and yet you dont take advantage of it.Its crazy to me!! Yall are just a bunch of lazy white people that like to complain about everything!!If it wasnt for us yall would have building and streets. Because i dont see yall out there busting your ass for a country that doesnt even appreciate you. All we want is to work to put food on the table and clothes on our kids and family backs. but i guess you rasist people could'nt understand that. God Bless you Luis Gutierrez!!

Pres. Obama and speaker Pelosi has no intention of pushing the immigration reform. They tried to delay as much as they can. Can this is the truth.

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