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Senator Durbin and Congressman Gutierrez admit that they only care about the dreamers insofar as it coincides with their own selfish political interests.

UPDATE: CONGRESSMAN GUTIERREZ RESPONDS IN COMMENT: 

A person by the name of Jesus Sanchez, with an IP address  registered to the U.S. House of Representatives, made the following comment on this article:

Are you starving or something? Is this why you’re so upset about a video that was online for less than 48 hours and received very few views? I cannot understand why the two elected officials that have done the most to push this country in the right direction for immigration reform would be your primary targets. My only assumption is that you’re a bad lawyer, starving for clients, and view anything/anyone that would get in the way of you lining your pockets with immigrant’s money as the enemy. Shame on you. Give it a rest. (emphasis added)

Click on the pictures below if you have any doubts:

Note that the IP address used by “Jesus Sanchez” is from the U.S. House of Representatives. Lest you have any doubts, simply enter 143.231.249.137 into whois.arin.net. Ironically, Jesus appears to have tried to shield his identity by using a bogus email, http://www.mailinator.com/faq.jsp

Note that the IP address at the top is the same IP address used by “Jesus Sanchez.” Also note that the second IP address can be confirmed as Congressman Gutierrez’s Director of Communications, Douglas Rivlin.

END UPDATE. 

Congressman Gutierrez’s own office admits that they care more about protecting his image than correcting the harm that they caused Dreamers  by publishing an “advice” video for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on August 6, 2012.

On August 22, 2012, I wrote an article titled “Senator Durbin and Congressman Gutierrez Refuse to Cure Harm Caused to Dreamers.” Specifically, my article criticized Durbin and Gutierrez’s reckless and dangerous advice to Dreamers in an August 6 video that they should not ” hire a lawyer or pay a notario…” and that: “Virtually everyone will be able to go through this process without a lawyer”

I concluded that the refusal to explain the August 6 video’s disappearance from the internet demonstrated that Senator Durbin and Congressman Gutierrez cared more about their political images than the interests of the Dreamers.

That same day, on August 22, 2012, I received a pointed e-mail from Congressman Gutierrez’s director of communications, Douglas Rivlin:

Give me a call at some point if you are interested in discussing your article about the “harm” Senator Durbin and Rep. Gutierrez did to DREAMers by suggesting they not pay $1500-$2000 each for a lawyer before the DACA requirements were announced and suggested DREAMers seek out free legal advice first.

I called to speak with Mr. Rivlin. He was not available.

I then wrote a detailed email providing concrete examples of why the circumstances surrounding the erasure of the August 6, 2012 video should be explained and that a new video should be published. In the new video, I recommended that Durbin and Gutierrez tell dreamers that they should at a minimum consult with an immigration attorney regarding their case.

Mr. Rivlin responded:

Thanks.  I didn’t get the message.I’ll take a look at what you sent me.

I did not hear back from Gutierrez’s office on the points made in my article or in my e-mail.

On August 27, 2012, I wrote a follow up email to Mr. Rivlin:

Good morning. Will there be a response forthcoming this week from Rep. Gutierrez or Sen. Durbin regarding August 6 video?

 Every day that passes there is more detrimental reliance to the dreamers. Thank you.
Mr. Rivlin responded:

I think not.  Since we took it down, there has been some discussion of filming a different video, but nothing more on the one that was pulled down, as far as I know.

Congressman Gutierrez’s office admits that they took down the August 6 video and that it would be a good idea to film a new one. However, no new video has been made and it does not look likely to happen any time soon.

The answer  to the conundrum of why seemingly pro-immigrant officials would act in a way that is anti-immigrant lies, in part, within Congressman Gutierrez’s twitter feed as of late. Senator Durbin and Congressman Gutierrez must maintain the “hero” of the downtrodden label at any cost, even if that involves harming those  he purports to be the hero of.

As I write this, Congressman Gutierrez is speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, telling the whole world how important it is to pass the dream act.

Since August 6, Gutierrez has gone to twitter not to help dreamers but only to say how he has helped them and how Democrats are the only ones who can protect them and others from the frightful Republican Rhetoricians.

Lest there be any doubt: Senator Durbin and Congressman Gutierrez admit that they only care about the dreamers insofar as it coincides with their own selfish political interests.

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  1. Jesus Sanchez #

    Are you starving or something? Is this why you’re so upset about a video that was online for less than 48 hours and received very few views? I cannot understand why the two elected officials that have done the most to push this country in the right direction for immigration reform would be your primary targets. My only assumption is that you’re a bad lawyer, starving for clients, and view anything/anyone that would get in the way of you lining your pockets with immigrant’s money as the enemy. Shame on you. Give it a rest.

    September 5, 2012
  2. Dear Mr. Sanchez:

    Thank you for reading and attacking me on a personal level.

    Do you work for the United States House of Representatives? If so, for whom do you work?

    Few views? This same video was broadcast on major Spanish media outlets, including Univision and Telemundo, if I am not mistaken.

    Then you go on to accuse me 1. being a bad lawyer; 2. being a bad lawyer starving for clients; 3. having “defrauding” clients as my only life goal. All these wondrous accusations because I am exercising my freedom of speech against elected officials?

    Why not just admit to the truths within this article?

    I do what I do because I like to help people who need help. There is no other reason. As for “lining” my pockets, unlike you, I do not get paid by tax dollars.

    September 5, 2012
  3. You got their dander up. You got their attention. Why do you insist that they are anti-immigrant. They may have realized that they made an error in judgement and are contemplating making a new video. These are politicians who may not think it wise to make another video based on what appears to be political pragmatism. To claim that they are anti-immigrant is really a stretch. To imply that a public employee is biased holds as much water as claiming that anyone’s source of income automatically drives their point of view and objectives. We all cannot work for free. We can do community and pro bono work though.

    September 6, 2012
    • Mr. Ortega:

      You ask: why do I insist that they are anti-immigrant?.

      Because by not acting in the form of a new video or public announcement , they are causing concrete harm to young immigrants. Harming immigrants is anti immigrant. It is not a stretch at all.

      Any new video would clearly not appear to be political pragmatism. Quite the opposite, since it would force Gutierrez and Durbin to admit an error as opposed to deleting their error and hoping everyone forgets.
      As to your second point, I did not
      mean to imply that they are biased because they are public employees.

      September 6, 2012
  4. Bryan, I don’t think think their motivation is so impure., I think they made a mistake, responded to some of our objections and moved on. So should we.
    Lory Rosenberg

    September 6, 2012
    • Lory:

      I respectfully disagree. I don’t think we should move on. Congressman Gutierrez and Senator Durbin have perhaps the biggest voice on immigration in the United States.

      As we speak, young individuals who solely rely upon DACA are at risk of aging out of their eligibility for a permanent residence through SIJS as well as aging out of their ability to petition their parents or brothers if they are eligible for U nonimmigrant status.

      Imagine how much so many young people would benefit if Gutierrez and/or Durbin went on Univision or Telemundo and told the dreamers that they should find out if they are eligible for a green card before applying for DACA? Thousands if not tens of thousands.

      Also, there is no clear national voice warning DACA applicants with final orders of removal to be extremely cautious in applying for DACA.

      It is not sufficient to do just erase something that was reckless and created detrimental reliance for many young immigrants.

      They should do more. They should do more. In fact, they would do more if they cared more about the dreamers than saving face.

      My concerns have been echoed by many of my peers. I stand firmly by this article and those that I wrote before.

      Dreamers should get the best for them, not what is best for the Democratic party.

      September 6, 2012
      • lorydiana #

        I think you are creating a false dichotomy. Your Ideas for proactive involvement by Gutierrez/Durbin — and others — in publicizing and educating DREAMers regarding their opportunities for other benefits and of the potential pitfalls are excellent, and in fact, formed the core of my article posted on ILW in Matthew Kolken’s blog. I encouraged DREAMers to see lawyers – experienced, expert immigration lawyers. It would be effective for Gutierrez/Durbin to join the chorus and put it out on national media. In fact, it would be politically astute to do so. .

        September 7, 2012

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