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:
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.
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.