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Gutierrez appeals to Senators to pass DREAM Act. Letter.

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September 21, 2010


Dear Senate Colleague:

I am writing to respectfully urge you to take all steps necessary to ensure the DREAM Act, S. 729, is brought up as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, S.3454, this week. Specifically, I ask that you support both the motion to proceed to the Defense bill and the DREAM Act amendment, as well as passage of the DREAM Act amendment.

As you know, the DREAM Act is a narrow, common sense piece of legislation that would help hundreds of thousands of talented and deserving immigrant students achieve their fullest potential by earning a college degree or enlisting to serve in the U.S. armed services. These young people are patriots and are Americans in every way except on paper. Brought to the U.S. at a young age, this is the only country they have ever known. From their families and friends to their mentors, coaches and teachers, Americans have already invested much to ensure the success of these kids. In return, they have stayed out of trouble against all odds and excelled beyond expectations--graduating high school with high honors and high hopes to contribute to and serve the United States to the fullest of their hard-earned abilities.

I believe there are at least 218 votes in the House to pass the DREAM Act. President Obama and the Pentagon have voiced their strong support for including the DREAM Act within the National Defense Authorization Act. An affirmative vote in the Senate would bring these exceptional young people one step closer toward fulfilling their dreams. The only thing standing in the way of giving these kids a fighting chance in adulthood is an affirmative vote in the Senate on the DREAM Act. We have already begun to hear the excuses from those who would wish our immigration, high school drop-out and military recruitment challenges away, rather than lead our nation to solve the problems we were sent to Washington to solve. We have heard the cynical political talk of naysayers--who selfishly benefit from inaction--so often we could script it ourselves. The only way our country, our military and our economy will benefit from all these students have to offer is if you vote to support them.

Now is the time to pass the DREAM Act. Please vote to proceed to the National Defense Authorization Act, and, when further votes are called on the DREAM amendment, I urge you to vote yes.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,




Luis V. Gutierrez
Member of Congress

41 Comments

I believe this is the first step in solving the immigration problem. Its about time Congress has started working on this problem.

Please congress vote yes on the dream act, allow this powerful asset we have in our hands thrive for the benefit of themselves, their families, and the country they call home. There is nothing more important than the "pursuit of happiness" the basic principle this country was build upon. This is what these kids want, what guilt do they carry having been brought here without choice, without intention of breaking any law? They are Americans by heart! Let them serve their homeland, let them pursue their life's dream. Please allow for the pursuit of happiness.
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We are 4th Generation Irish Americans and we support the Dream Act,because if they were here, since they were young. They are American kids!!! With that comes responsibility and they have to learn how to legitamately survive.the only way is to help them get on board.BESIDES>the Legal OIL/Muslims the Republicans are letting in-jus don't have the same heart.FIX this Congress!Thank you!!!

Let these people take the skills that they have wrongfully received in our school systems back to their own countries of origin. We do not need to pass a defacto amnesty for illegal aliens of any type. Remember Congressman Guiterrez, they may be in your district but you do not legally represent their interests. You need to fight to get American citizens back to work!

The Dream Act is just a first step for amnesty for all illegal aliens. It will lead to chain immigration and more people on the welfare rolls. This is a bad piece of legislation that is not good for our country!

Thank you very much congressman its great to know there are still humane and just people in this world. I for one would benifit from the dream act and my dream is to join the Marine corps and fight for thos like yourself who fought for me.

I really hope they pass the dream act.
Im a immigrant as well. I graduated from high school with honors. I have a 2 yr old kid and i cant support him or go to school. I cant even find a job. I really hope this comes true. I want to become a police officer and be a golf example to my kid.

This is insane. First of all this should never be added as an amendment to the defense act. This is only a way for the current administration to try to push it through before elections. Why again are we rewarding illegal behavior? Our leaders need to grow a backbone! Oppose the DREAM act!

As we all know The Dream Act will open the doors to many undocumented students. The Dream Act will let these students have the opportunity to show their talents and will not be ashame or rejected from any university they want to attend just for not having "documents". They will be proud of themselves and of the nation for providing them this important oportunity to accomplish one their most valuable goals and grow professionally. The dream Act will be the key to unlock a door that has been locked for so years for students that have profesional inspirations in their lives.

Please congress vote yes on the dream act, allow this powerful asset we have in our hands thrive for the benefit of themselves, their families, and the country they call home. There is nothing more important than the "pursuit of happiness" the basic principle this country was build upon. This is what these kids want, what guilt do they carry having been brought here without choice, without intention of breaking any law? They are Americans by heart! Let them serve their homeland, let them pursue their life's dream. Please allow for the pursuit of happiness.
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thanks for you for Supporting this dream for every Illegal student here in the U.S and i think i say this for everyone here in my High School. THANK YOU...

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I strongly support the Dream Act. I cannot see why no Replublican could not support the Dream Act, or why no Democrat could not support the Dream Act.


Help the American economy by passing the Dream Act, help once again the economy with creation of new jobs!

Please vote YES for the greater good. All these children are the future of our Great Nation, The United States of America. God Bless America and the loving hearts of all that live in this beautiful country. ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

PLEase!!! Help STUDENTS to succed and work for AMerica!!!! we are not CRiminals! GO DREAM Act!
"vote for the DREAM Act amendment to the Defence Authorization Act. It is the common sense approach to revitalizing the economy and strengthening our armed forces! GO DREAM ACT!

by late this afternoon reid will understand he is living in a dream. and start obeying the will of the people...

Thanks senator. You have summed it up nicely. Millions of dollars have been invested in these students. It is now time for Americans and the U.S.A to reap the fruits. These kids have done the country proud, many graduating at the top of their classes.
This is the only home many of them have ever known,now is the time to stop punishing them. I support the Dream Act. To all the other senators please vote for the Dream Act. Thank you all.

I pray to God it passes!!! My whole future lies within the Senate floor today. Thank God for all those people supporting us!!! God bless! I am indefinitely grateful for your perseverance and strong support!!! God bless!!!

i agree we need the dream act to be passed arent we supposed to be the "home of the free" then why not let other people enjoy what we have and have a chance at a good life, they never asked to come here they had no choice but now that they are here they love it they want to make something of there selves and contribute to our society. my fiance is facing deportation he is awaiting trial to find if he is getting deported or not he just turned 18 last month and was brought here when he was a little boy his mom died when he was 7 so he has noone to go back to if he gets deported he just graduated from high school with great grades has never been in trouble with the law he has a job and wants to go to college to be a chef if he gos back to mexico he want get the chance to make something of his life and were trying to start a family. who are we to denie someone a better life just because of there legal status we need to be the better country and be considerate cause everyone knows that were the greatest, my fiance is from mexico and he says that the U.S.A is better

The Dream Act will be a great tool for so many who live in the United States and are still waiting for their dreams and their parents dreams to become a reality. Parents who came into this country to live a better life and have unwillingly forced their children to live in limbo with a higher education. I pray that this Dream Act becomes a reality, because there are many talented immigrants waiting for a break in their lives.

I have been in this country since I was 2 years old. I graduated high school, and also completed two years of Air Force JROTC. My dream has always been to join the armed forces. My visa I no longer valid. I extended the time taking the risk of being in this country because I wanted to graduate High School continuing my degree in the language I spoke (English ). Now I am 21 year old and I really hope. The Dream Act passes so I can finally say "my dream has come true".

THERE IS NO REASON THIS AMENDMENT SHOULD NOT BE ATTACHED TO THE DADT BILL. BOTH IDEAS ARE IMPORTANT TO OUR COUNTRY. WE HAVE ALREADY SPENT MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TRAINING GAY AND LESBIAN PEOPLE TO PERFORM VITAL DUTIES IN OUR MILITARY WHAT KIND OF COMMON SENSE DOES IT MAKE TO KICK THEM OUT OF THE MILITARY JUST BECAUSE THEY TELL THE TRUTH. EVEN OUR GENERALS HAVE FINALLY ACKNOWLEDGED THAT BEING GAY OR LESBIAN DOES NOT AFFECT THE READINESS OF OUR ARMED FORCES. THIS HAVING BEEN ACKNOWLEDGED BY OUR MILITARY LEADERS WE SHOULD HAVE NO OBJECTIONS TO THESE PEOPLE JOINING OUR ARMED FORCES AT ANY TIME.

THE DREAM ACT IS ANOTHER COMMONSENSE IDEA WHEREBY MILLIONS OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN AMERICA ILLEAGALLY BECAUSE THEY WERE BOUGHT TO USA BY THEIR PARENTS AT A YOUNG AGE, CAN NOW BE LAW ABIDING, TAX PAYING CITIZENS. IT IS THE FIRST SMALL STEP TOWARDS COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM. WHY PUT ILLEAGAL IMMIGRANTS IN JAIL IF THEY HAVE NOT COMMITTED ANY CRIME OTHER THAN BEING HERE ILLEAGALLY IF WE CAN FIND A WAY TO MAKE THEM LEGAL AND PAY TAXES. OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NOW SPENDS 1.5 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR JUST TO CAPTURE AND EXPORT ILLEAGLE ALIENS. IMMAGINE HOW WE COULD BETTER SPEND MUCH OF THIS MONEY IF WE COULD MAKE ALL BUT THE CRIMINAL ELEMENT LEGAL. NOT TO MENTION ALL THE MONEY WE WOULD SAVE BY NOT PUTTING THEM IN IMMIGRATION JAILS

Mr. Gutierrez. I strongly object to any legislation that is attached to the Defense Authorization Act that does not directly support national defense. If you want to make illegal aliens citizens, do that and quit trying to hide that fact in the Defense Authorization Act. This is just wrong and the worst kind of cowardice.

Vote NO to proceed on the NDAA, until this abomination is removed.

Respectfully,

Libby Quinlan, Jr.

Let me get this straight:

Your parents brought you into this country illegally;

you received a "free" public education at my expense, along with "free" healthcare, maybe Section 8 housing subsidies and various forms of welfare; and now you want me to pay for you to have a college education, give you citizenship, and, once you get it, use it to make your family members, who are also here illegally, legal?

Does that about sum it up?

Dream Act? More like "Dream On" Act!

You say it's not your fault you're here? Guess what? It's not my fault, either. I never wanted you here; never invited you here; never encouraged you to come here. You got a problem with the way you arrived, take it up with mom and dad.

You say you've got a dream? I've got a dream, too. It's a dream of keeping the money I work so hard to earn, instead of having to continue to foot the bill for you and the millions of your countrymen who have come here in violation of our laws.

You say you're willing to work hard, study hard, and get a good job? So was I. And then more and more of my earnings have been stolen from me, by my government, which won't even enforce our laws, to benefit you and everyone else who came here illegally.

You say you can't get a job here without a college education? News bulletin: you're not supposed to be here in the first place. News bulletin, part two: millions of Americans can't get jobs, either.

So don't go away mad, just go away. Go back to Mexico, or Guatemala or wherever, and see what kind of free education you get there. And the seat that you vacate at the local colleges will either mean one more American gets a good education, or we can cut back on the taxes the rest of us are shouldering to provide public services to people who don't belong here.

Taxpayers' dreams count, too. Illegal immigration is a nightmare. It's time to wake up and elect people who will enforce our immigration laws, not repeat them.

No way, Slick. If your proposed legislation hasn't enough merit to stand alone, why should it be sneaked through within a critical funding bill?

And JUST WHO will pay for that college education?

Please Luis, resign already and go be a politician in Mexico, since it seems you only care about illegals and Mexicans. The DREAM Act has not passed in 10 years for a reason - its AMNESTY !! Americans have spoken of how they want our immigration laws enforced and illegals caught and deported, not rewarded with citzenship. And please don't even consider running for Mayor of Chicago. Certain portions of this city already resemble Mexico and with you, the whole city will look like that soon, with illegals running free and wild (like they already do in our sanctuary city and state). Represent Americans or shut up and go away.

I been updated about all this issues all week long and now that they have the result in the senate in my opinion is kind of sad for the students. I did not quiet understood why they had to mixed up with the gay issue I mean what does the DReam act have to do with Gays being in the military? I mean there is gay people at Colleges and I do not have anything against them but the simple fact that the Dream Act had to be stopped just because there are homophobic Republicans its just not fair at all I hope they could bring the Dream Act again and put it somewhere else so it could be read carefully and by means passed. The United States needs this people, isn't money what the Government is always looking for? well heck approving the dream act will get the United States some doug by students having their degrees they will be able to work and pay taxes. It is just absurd the way wealthy politicians think and the way they do not give a shit about people legal or illegal.

Americans in every way except on paper? It is only on paper that the diverse citizens of our nation-state are defined. We do not have a long, tradition-rich, distinctive ethnoculture like many old nations without a history of immigration. It is citizenship that makes us American. There is no culture test, no national dress, no cuisine, not even an official language. If foreign citizen children who grow up here are Americans in every way except on paper, then how shall we describe birth tourism babies and US-born children of foreign students who return to their native countries to raise their children as ABDs, or American-born duals? Americans on paper only? That's not how the US media identified the Turkish-American dual who died in the Gaza flotilla raid. Can't have it both ways or pick and choose who we think is American and who isn't. Either being American is defined by citizenship status or it's not.


Any letter that contains the sentence "AS WE ALL KNOW" you know is a total load of BS. That is how the governments begins stating their positions in communist and socialist countries.

Those "illegals" who say "we are not criminals" are indeed criminals....they broke the law of the land.


Can American citizenship be worth so little? Do it the right way, and I will welcome you happily.

jamest said it best. "Don't go away mad, just go away." Why should my tax dollars support illegal aliens. What part of illegal don't you people understand? There is a procedure to become a "LEGAL" immigrant. If you use it, I will be the first to welcome you with open arms. I believe this country would not have become the best in the world without the millions of immigrants that answered the call from Dame Liberty:
"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!"

This is the bedrock that our country was founded on. Not the criminal element that finds our border a revolving door. Not the illiterate pregnant teenager that struggles across the border to have her "anchor baby" and uses up welfare benefits that should rightly go to a citizen. I want MY tax dollars (that I pay with no regret) to go to American Citizens that have earned the right to live in MY country!

Not NO, but HELL NO to the Dream Act. We will not reward lawbreakers nor their offspring for the illegal act of sneaking into a foreign country! If you fools want to pity someone, pity all of the out of work AMERICANS who want a job and who came here and live here legally.

I see the normal paranoid idiots are posting as per usual they think its an illegal aliens fault they over extended themselves buying jet skis and new cars and now cannot make the payments..

Errr no .... Undocumented border crossing illegals do not make up the criteria for all illegals nor will they be walking into the corporate job you just got fired from with minimal language skills no formal education and no home to take your job...

America has problems because Americans love to over extend them selves with debt/// PERIOD.... Also Americans will bitch complain sue anything to do with employment instead of doing what foreigners do which is shut up and work your ass off. This is why undocumented people with out any help come in and always seem to be working.

lwet me understand this>>>>>?????? after all these years ure parents are still here illegally?..........and they pay what taxes?

I was brought by my mother to the United states when I was 4 years old. My mother and siblings are all legal here. They became legal soon after I turned 18. My mom initially came here running from death... Our family was threatened and she got us all visas. We all went to school and graduated with honors. I personally received a scholarship for Duke. I was unable to follow my dream of becoming a doctor. It makes me so mad to see how ignorant people are when it comes to immigration. People who are illegal are not on welfare now and if they don't need it now why would they need it once they become legal. I did not choose to come to this country... But this is my country the same one I would give my life for the same one that denies me from becoming a legal citizen. What would I do if I was to be deported back to the country I was born in? I can't even speak the language. What sense does that make? I have met many people through out my life who are illegal who pay taxes. Why would they pay them if they will not receive anything in return... People do it because they love this country, they only know this land and hope to die here. The Dream act should pass all by itself, I ask you isn't worse that people marry just to get papers?

I guess alot of you people that are claming that illegal aliens only suck up social services are a bunch of idiots that don't have their facts right. for your information most illegal aliens pay taxes. have you guys heard of itin number.

Okay, Jamest and the rest of the ignorant people leaving comments that honestly make you look very stupid:
Okay you paid for my "free" education but honey what you seem to be unaware of is that in order to do ANYTHING in this country we had to get an ITIN number or a Tax ID number! Now, this tax ID number ensures that we pay taxes!! So yes, we do pay taxes! You did not pay for my "free" education!
I, however, can say that we are the reason why Social Security still exists in this country. We are the reason it hasn't completely been shut down yet! In whatever type of job we get we automatically have SS taken out of our paychecks as well as national and state taxes....hmmm what does that sound like to you....?
Maybe if you EDUCATED yourself like what we are trying to do your ignorance wouldn't jump out of the page!
I sense some animosity against your own country their buddy but if you want to start talking about who should and shouldn't be here then take a history lesson and learn the principles from which this country started. A land of IMMIGRANTS!! Unless you are part Indian your ancestors too fled thier homeland for something better, why negate me the right to fight for the same thing?! At least I'm not attempting to rally Americans up and put them in reservations like your ancestors did with the Indians! Next time you open your mouth to say something or make an opinion, make sure you know facts because all you do is make yourself look dumb and make your words seem pointless! Argue something that you can with hold in facts not opinions!

first i would like to thank everyone who is supporting the dream act. i understand everybody has their own opinion and i can respect. i will say that many of the comments i have read are really absolutely ridiculously ignorent! i am 20 years old i have been here since i was 3 you are right why is that your fault? its not. i have always wanted to go into the military i took 8 semesters of jrotc to get prepared. i think this is my one and only opportunity and for thousands of others that want an education or go into the military. like it or not a few drunk latin bums do not represent all of us. im sure the few caucasions and african americans with homeless signs do not represent all of americans either. i love america its my home. and just because we were not born here does not make us dumb! i graduated in 09 with honors classes and i tried just as hard as anybody. 65,000 students who where not born here graduate every year you dont know,...maybe one of those 65,000 could find the cure for aids or invent the greatest thing ever!seriously why is their so much hate? its not going to make your life any better. but either way i swear i pray for the most ignorent ppl thank you for finding time out of your life to read this and take it into consideration.

The Dream Act is just amnesty by another name.

Why did you have a child that you can't even feed?

Help us be part of that huge debt we are in. New taxpayers will help our economy tremendously. Especially with the baby-boomers reaching their peak. We will pay taxes and help this country to the best of our abilities. Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" - T. Jefferson. Let us pursuit this happiness. Please do not be selfish nor ignorant we are not here to harm anyone. The reason why we want this bill to pass in the first place is because we want to do things right. Not like all the illegal immigrants who wish to stay that way forever and live in the shadows. Please Senators of our Congress consider all the great opportunities you will create for millions of students.

The main argument in favor of pursing this nightmare is that “we should not blame children for the sins of their parents.” But not “blaming” the children does not justify rewarding the parents’ actions and offering powerful incentives to others to follow their example. The children should blame the parents for their unlawful actions, but this law asks us to thank them instead.

“There is a perverse logic in the “Dream amnesty” legislation, which runs like this. Since the open borders lobby has been successful in blocking enforcement of our immigration laws so that the parents who entered our country illegally fifteen years ago were never sent home with their children, we owe it to their children to give them citizenship. By most standards this is called rewarding bad behavior, which is a sure formula for getting more of it.

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