Rep. Luis Gutierrez: If Democrats can’t pass the DREAM Act now, it’s time for Latinos to break away

posted at 6:43 pm on December 2, 2010 by Allahpundit

Why, yes, this is the same Luis Gutierrez who recently told Newsweek, “I have only one loyalty and that’s to the immigrant community.” Sounds like he meant it, too: If you believe this Daily Beast piece, he’s ready to walk away from the Democrats unless the new watered-down DREAM Act passes sometime in the next three weeks. Which … is a pretty darned good incentive for GOP fencesitters to vote no.

The DREAM Act, Gutiérrez says, is for now his final legislative maneuver. He’s finished waiting for the mythical 60th vote to materialize in the Senate. No, when the lame duck ends, Gutiérrez and his movement allies will ask for a divorce—from the Democratic Party, from the entire lawmaking process. To hear Gutiérrez tell it, Hispanic leaders are about to stage a full-tilt campaign of direct action, like the African-American civil-rights movement of the 1960s. There will be protests, marches, sit-ins—what César Chávez might have called going rogue. The movement will operate autonomously, no longer beholden to wavering Democrats, filibustering Republicans, and—perhaps most tantalizingly—no longer beholden to Barack Obama…

“We need to decouple the movement for comprehensive immigration reform and justice for immigrants from the legislative process and from the Democratic Party process,” Gutiérrez says. “They are too linked.”…

This is a pretty radical notion, especially for a sitting congressman. And Gutiérrez is quick to suggest the goals of the Democrats and immigration movement may not jibe. “Is it reelect the president?” Gutiérrez asks. “Is that your priority? Or is it get comprehensive immigration reform? Those things can be in contradiction with one another.”

“The Democratic Party is the party of immigrants. But its leader—in this case, Barack Obama—has to continue to be challenged.”

“I’m not the only one thinking this way,” he added, which is true. The “Tequila Party” is based on the same idea, that the way amnesty’s finally going to happen is by Latinos organizing under a separate umbrella and threatening Democrats with destruction at the polls by staying home. Thus the “dilemma” for Republicans: Vote yes on DREAM now and spare their opponents that horrible fate or vote no and and call Gutierrez’s bluff, leaving him to prove that he’s got the cachet to organize a major movement or that he doesn’t and can be safely ignored. Not much of a dilemma, is it? Besides, if he were serious about amnesty, he’d already have galvanized some GOP support: All he has to do, as he knows full well, is to start pushing serious, verifiable benchmarks for border enforcement and employer verification first. If he made hitting those benchmarks a precondition to legalizing the illegals who are here, he’d give centrist Republicans the cover they need to agree to some form of path to citizenship. But he’s not going to agree to that, precisely because it would mean disloyalty to his true constituency. So whatever. Let the Tequila Party begin.


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Bring it on, Gutierrez, break away. Please.

OmahaConservative on December 2, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Please, PLEASE don’t throw us poor Republicans in that briar patch of voting no!

Vanceone on December 2, 2010 at 6:45 PM

They could just go home in a huff.

OldEnglish on December 2, 2010 at 6:46 PM

When will Latinos figure out the dream is their worst nightmare. Cheap labor never stops, it just kills those on the bottom. They learned nothing from the recession.

Who wants a know nothing Latino Engineer anyway? For what?

tarpon on December 2, 2010 at 6:48 PM

They could just go home in a huff.

OldEnglish on December 2, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Excellent Post!..:)

Dire Straits on December 2, 2010 at 6:48 PM

“I have only one loyalty and that’s to the immigrant community.”

I thought you took an oath to our nation?

portlandon on December 2, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Rep. Luis Gutierrez: If Democrats can’t pass the DREAM Act now, it’s time for Latinos to break away

Yeah, right.

Not going to happen. It’s like the Hillary Clinton folks who were going to stay home. Didn’t happen.

amerpundit on December 2, 2010 at 6:50 PM

If people knew our history they would know that César Chávez hated the illegals and would call to have them arrested

400lb Gorilla on December 2, 2010 at 6:51 PM

A lot of these illegal alien supporters should just go back to their own damn countries and butt out of American politics. Foreign interests should be negotiated through the State/Defense department, not through representation in congress.

FloatingRock on December 2, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Gutirrez is going to throw his pajamas, pillow, teddy bear, juice packets, and some graham crackers into his little suitcase and threaten to run away if Mom and Dad don’t raise his allowance.

Half hour later you will find him sitting on the curb a block away, munching on a cracker and muttering “I’ll show ‘em.”

Bishop on December 2, 2010 at 6:51 PM

If we had gotten serious about securing the border 5 or 6 years ago we would probably be at the point now where we could start passing things like the DREAM Act. Idiots like Gutierrez don’t seem to get this. The longer they block stricter enforcement, the longer they won’t get an amnesty.

Mark1971 on December 2, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Sounds like an excellent plan. All Hispanic democrat voters, and their illegal immigrant cousins, should now support, democratically and otherwise, a third party. I like it. I like it a lot. Please have such a party in place for 2012. Where can I donate?

keep the change on December 2, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Let the Tequila Party begin.

Trust me folks..Do NOT do this!..This is my public service announcement for the Day..NEVER have a party with TEQUILA!..Bad things happen when there is too much Tequila!..:)

Dire Straits on December 2, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Oh, yes. Luis, you definitely need to go third party. Teach the Dems a lesson.

Wethal on December 2, 2010 at 6:55 PM

The Tequila Party should be relocated south of our border.

FloatingRock on December 2, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Luis Who?

The Lone Platypus on December 2, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Door /= hit –> split

James on December 2, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Hasta la vista, baby!

kingsjester on December 2, 2010 at 6:57 PM

say it isn’t so……

–> “I haven’t thought this out completely.”

RealMc on December 2, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Tequila!..:)

Dire Straits on December 2, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Tequila makes her clothes fall off…

ladyingray on December 2, 2010 at 7:04 PM

It’s telling that the Dems are splintering not over amnesty and enforcement but over amnesty and going into a tizzy over “enforcement, enforcement, enforcement.”

theperfecteconomist on December 2, 2010 at 7:05 PM

Whoa…just heard that Jeb Bush thinks we are stupid.

mobydutch on December 2, 2010 at 7:05 PM

ladyingray on December 2, 2010 at 7:04 PM

LOL!..Tequila makes everyone’s clothes come off!..No one brags from being drunk on Tequila..Most hope the other folks had too much so they don’t remember anything!..:)

Dire Straits on December 2, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Like all Democrats, he knows he is finished after this congress for decades. Might as well move on to a new political party.

Freddy on December 2, 2010 at 7:07 PM

They could just go home in a huff.

OldEnglish on December 2, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Snort..
+10000

katy the mean old lady on December 2, 2010 at 7:08 PM

There will be protests, marches, sit-ins…

There already are. But most of these rallies are organized and supported by socialist organizations. I’m sure they’d be happy to print a few pro-DREAM protest signs for Gutierrez under the guise of “comprehensive immigration reform.”

Rude on December 2, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Hell, I’ll bring the tequila.

And as Chesney sings from his recent album, mi amigo Gutierrez, “You and Tequila Make Me Crazy.”

TXUS on December 2, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Funny, I didn’t realize Mexico had a Rep in Congress.

GarandFan on December 2, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Gutierrez’s Latinos should break away and perhaps form their own country – they can call it ‘Mexico’ or something like that.

chalons on December 2, 2010 at 7:11 PM

I wonder which flag this slug has flying at his house? The U.S. or this mexico flag? If there happens to be a flag, is the mexico flag on top? It seems to me, just reading, this man and those like him are giving US American’s a threat. How about you luis and those you think so highly of go back to someplace you will all feel more comfortable. The last I have seen, mexico is one nasty place to be. All the killings, kidnapping and such. Our house does not have a warm and fuzzy feeling for you and those you want to suck off American’s.
L

letget on December 2, 2010 at 7:12 PM

I thought you took an oath to our nation?

portlandon on December 2, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Sorry, you must have missed the email w/enclosure(s) that said Dems no longer have to abide by their oath to support and defende the constitution. No worries, I will scan it and send it to you.

Johnnyreb on December 2, 2010 at 7:14 PM

It is not a good place to be in when specific ethnic groups threaten to form parties. The CBC is already to close for comfort IMHO.

Can’t wait for the day that a divided congress has to make promises to a given race-group in order to get legislation passed. Oh wait.

WitchDoctor on December 2, 2010 at 7:19 PM

“I have only one loyalty and that’s to the ILLEGAL immigrant community.”

FIFY

Dingbat63 on December 2, 2010 at 7:27 PM

He is suggesting civil unrest and encouraging riotious behavior that that will likely lead to damage to persons and/or property.

Impeach him.

Key West Reader on December 2, 2010 at 7:33 PM

LUIS GUTIERREZ IS A NOBODY. HE IS FROM PUERTO RICO AND NOW HE IS THE “REPRESENTATIVE” OF THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN MEXICO? WHAT KIND OF AMERICAN/PUERTO RICAN VALUES DOES HE HOLD? NONE.

LUIS GUTIERREZ YOU ARE A PERSONA NON-GRATA IN PUERTO RICO AND YOU KNOW IT. YOU ARE AT IRENE CARA’S LEVEL IN OUR EYES. WHY DON’T YOU HAVE LA RAZA PAY YOUR BILLS?

RESIGN YOUR AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP NOW! AND TAKE AN OATH TO MEXICAN CITIZENSHIP…WHERE YOU WILL KNEEL DOWN AT THE EMBASSY TO PLEAD FOR IT. (TRUE STORY!) JERK.

ProudPalinFan on December 2, 2010 at 7:36 PM

BTW: I’d be more impressed if Mr. Gutierrez, who I presume is a US citizen?, would illegally enter Mexico; get caught; and report back on how he was treated there.

Dingbat63 on December 2, 2010 at 7:36 PM

So how big is the illegal alien voting block anyway?

clement on December 2, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Well look on the bright side, public demonstrations by illegals demanding their “rights” won’t go over well with the regular American peeps, unlike the civil rights protests of the 60′s where there was serious wrongs that needed to be addressed. The more they make pests of themselves DEMANDING their “rights”, the more it will make enforce the border, no amnesty, the popular stand of the peeps who vote.

karenhasfreedom on December 2, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Luis is bluffing, anyway. He’s such a pantywaist he’ll never leave the Democrats. He’ll crawl back to them over broken glass if that’s what it takes and everybody knows it. He’s a pathetic wimp.

FloatingRock on December 2, 2010 at 7:44 PM

I think what pisses me off the most about this, is the utter lack of respect for the tax payers of this country. Legalizing the illegals means we have to foot more entitlements. Then what? Because we all know those entitlements won’t be enough, and there will continue to be a whining cry, for more, More, MORE!!! Not only that, but the threats of staying home, and not voting? It’s a complete insult, and lack of respect for this country, and it’s laws, when illegals are voting in the first place.

I am not anti immigration. But as so many have said here before….what part of illegal is lost on these idiots?

capejasmine on December 2, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Luis Guitierrez is an effeminate, weazaly, sneaky, smarmy, snarky, self absorbed, obnoxious, arrogant, trouble making, nasty, race mongering, hate mongering, bigoted, ethnocentric, racist, mean spirited, hate filled person who spends his time making life miserable, or trying to make life miserable for others by forcing his absurd, mean spirited, condescending, separatist nonsense on the rest of us.

He should do what abortion pushers tell pro-lifers and Christians to do, keep his personal opinions and personal values to himself and not force them on others.

He is worse than a horse fly which repeatedly attacks you, again, and again, and again, or a swarm of killer bees who keep swarming and stinging you. He goes on the attack and does not leave you alone, and those beady eyes of his betray deception and mischievous intentions.

He clearly wants to stir up trouble.

His dishonest, malicious grin is a huge turnoff.

If I never hear or see from Luis Gutierrez, the dishonest ethnocentric racist again it will be too soon!

William2006 on December 2, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Gutirrez is going to throw his pajamas, pillow, teddy bear, juice packets, and some graham crackers into his little suitcase and threaten to run away if Mom and Dad don’t raise his allowance.

Half hour later you will find him sitting on the curb a block away, munching on a cracker and muttering “I’ll show ‘em.”

Bishop on December 2, 2010 at 6:51 PM

You know what p______s me off about him? He is an American citizen just like me, by birthright. He got involved in this just like Geraldo…to score points with them. Yes I am Latina, yes I am Puerto Rican…but I don’t forget nor take for granted where my citizenship lies.

He’s crossing the line. People in PR don’t want him period! Because when he flies there, he advocates for the independence of Puerto Rico…you see, he’s a shift-changer. He wants things done in a certain way in the US, then in Puerto Rico in another.

That’s why he botched up HR2499, which the transcription is somewhere written in a deep hole in my blog; I had to keep a barf bag to transcribe the whole thing. He did it on purpose; so whoever watched it on C-SPAN knew his agenda, to torpedo the land he was born in; and to PR’s Resident Commish who wrote the bill!

The comments I read online after what he did-I can’t give you the feedback of the nastiness. Send him to Mexico. I don’t want him here, nor in Puerto Rico.

ProudPalinFan on December 2, 2010 at 7:51 PM

William2006 on December 2, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Could you be more clear? Bravo

Dingbat63 on December 2, 2010 at 7:51 PM

So how big is the illegal alien voting block anyway?

clement on December 2, 2010 at 7:37 PM

30 million future democrat voters.

Key West Reader on December 2, 2010 at 7:53 PM

It’s funny how illegal immigration proponents hail Cesar Chavez as a champion of their cause when he went down to the border back in the day to stop illegal immigrants from coming across and taking legal immigrants’ jobs. Sure it was through a union but still…

NTWR on December 2, 2010 at 8:03 PM

So how big is the illegal alien voting block anyway?

clement on December 2, 2010 at 7:37 PM

30 million future democrat voters.

Key West Reader

. . . and an estimated current 1 million registered voters, sadly.

honsy on December 2, 2010 at 8:05 PM

This is the logical conclusion of identity politics. Next it will be blacks forming their own party… by the end handicapped black lesbian women will have their own party.

Rebar on December 2, 2010 at 8:20 PM

Tequila!..:)

Dire Straits on December 2, 2010 at 6:55 PM

You know-the government did a PSA that just that subject.
Heh.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 2, 2010 at 8:24 PM

Yes, go break away and form the Tequila or Tacos Party. No vote for the Dems, teach them a lesson.

bayview on December 2, 2010 at 8:25 PM

Bishop on December 2, 2010 at 6:51 PM

He won’t be a block away, he’ll be on the curb in front of the house because he ins’t allowed to cross the street yet!

belad on December 2, 2010 at 8:27 PM

When Hispanics on the Left demand that all Latin American nations grant amnesty to all illegals within their borders, and when they demand nations such as Mexico adapt more humane immigration laws…

Oh, forget it, let the Hispanic Left in this Nation try to blackmail the rest of the Nation.

There are a growing number of Hispanics on the Right, and they value and cherish this Nation, its Constitution, and the rule of law.

As for the Tequila Party…does anyone see anything truly comical about this concept? If someone on the Right had used such terms, they’d be labeled racists for sure.

Cesar Chavez is weeping in his grave.

coldwarrior on December 2, 2010 at 8:33 PM

Mr. Guttierez has a major problem. IF I asked all my Hispanic family about his plan, all would say:

LUIS…. WHO?

Just think about the white people….

originalpechanga on December 2, 2010 at 8:34 PM

Am I missing something here!?
There seems to be a sudden surge in “outreach” to hispanics by the right.

Even as the republicans made sizeable gains among hispanic voters in the November elections, it seems that they are mobilizing to create an even bigger gain in 2012.

First is was announced that former Florida governor Jeb Bush would co-chair a GOP group targeting Latino voters and now his son ,Jeb junior, has joined the effort.

Also Newt Gingrich weighed in on the subject today.

We have to design a solution to the current problem of undocumented workers which gives us a reason to believe that within five to 10 years, everyone in the United States will be legal,” Gingrich said. “We are not going to deport 11 million people.”

There is obviously a memo out that I wish I had…….

Nelsa on December 2, 2010 at 8:35 PM

Lest we forget.

CESAR CHAVEZ was NOT pro-illegal. He did NOT want them taking good union jobs

originalpechanga on December 2, 2010 at 8:35 PM

So how big is the illegal alien voting block anyway?

clement on December 2, 2010 at 7:37 PM

50+ Million…

… It’s the truth our “open border government” doesn’t want to get out or else there would be an armed insurrection.

Seven Percent Solution on December 2, 2010 at 8:44 PM

No doubt this tantrum has the blessing of Pelosi.

RedRedRice on December 2, 2010 at 8:49 PM

it’s time for Latinos to break away

And go where? Do what?

jeanie on December 2, 2010 at 8:52 PM

Trust me folks..Do NOT do this!..This is my public service announcement for the Day..NEVER have a party with TEQUILA!..Bad things happen when there is too much Tequila!..:) Dire Straits on December 2, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Depends on what you mean by BAD…..right?

Mark

mailmars on December 2, 2010 at 8:55 PM

RIP LESLIE NIELSEN!

ProudPalinFan on December 2, 2010 at 8:56 PM

Please break away and form a third Hispanic Liberation party.

Dhuka on December 2, 2010 at 9:11 PM

ah,, lil Louie Louie is just trying to keep his name in the national spotlight cause his lengthy dosier is about to catch up with him. If Tony Rezko ever takes the stand again, Ton’s testimony about Louie will be the least of his problems. Go team Issa. The new house might as well add Louie to their growing list of congressmen to investigate.

MayorDaley on December 2, 2010 at 9:11 PM

Depends on what you mean by BAD…..right?

Mark

mailmars on December 2, 2010 at 8:55 PM

Click on the link I ‘posted’ earlier. You will laugh.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 2, 2010 at 9:23 PM

Maybe they’ll walk away south of the border. Adios.

We’re having open enrollment in the “Come and Take It!” Party which is the yang to the Tequila Party’s ying. We’re looking for ‘Gringos’ of all colors and genders. Being a Gringo is a state of mind, after all. So come join us. Our motto is ‘Viva los Gringos’.

JimP on December 2, 2010 at 9:25 PM

So how big is the illegal alien voting block anyway?

clement on December 2, 2010 at 7:37 PM

30 million future democrat voters.

Key West Reader

It was meant to be tongue in cheek. The correct answer should be zero as you can’t register to vote being an illegal. At least you aren’t supposed to be able to anyway…*sigh*

clement on December 2, 2010 at 9:26 PM

These mexicans can start their own wonderful nation to our south.

Inanemergencydial on December 2, 2010 at 9:31 PM

This is politics as usual in Puerto Rico-but since Gutierrez represents ILLINOIS and not Puerto Rico, here it goes: A translation from my online news today.

Any recommendation of the Presidential Task Force, even if it’s not confirmed, to include additional options to the proposed ones in the first presidential report-statehood or independence-violates the right of the people of Puerto Rico to a free will and fair process. This is the plebiscite of Nydia Velazquez and Luis Gutierrez, enemies of Puerto Rico,” stated the political leader (Cristobal Berrios.)

Link here, for those that speak Spanish.

OT: I am going nuts-punctuation is different in Spanish and English.

ProudPalinFan on December 2, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Like just about everything else the Dems have touched in the past several years…there is more to this DREAM Act than is being told, and the costs for the DREAM Act may be a lot more expensive than is being told, as well…and not just in dollar amounts, either.

To put it bluntly…seems like a Chicago shakedown.

But, Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), and company, know all about those things.

coldwarrior on December 2, 2010 at 11:12 PM

The “Tequila Mexican Party”

Luka on December 2, 2010 at 11:53 PM

Bring it on, Gutierrez, break away. Please.

OmahaConservative on December 2, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Dang skippy! :)

AP – great call!

Minorcan Maven on December 3, 2010 at 12:57 AM

Did you swear an oath to the Constitution, Mr. Gutierrez?

njcommuter on December 3, 2010 at 2:03 AM

To hear Gutiérrez tell it, Hispanic leaders are about to stage a full-tilt campaign of direct action, like the African-American civil-rights movement of the 1960s.

Uh Gutierrez aware who those DHS FEMA Camps have been erected for right?

And there isn’t going to be a majority of people in this country in a steep economic decline raising a whole lot of ruckus about their detention and repatriation back to their own country.

They got used, and now they get to feel the cold heel of corporate America just like the rest of us.

Dr Evil on December 3, 2010 at 8:05 AM

The “Tequila Party” is based on the same idea, that the way amnesty’s finally going to happen is by Latinos organizing under a separate umbrella and threatening Democrats with destruction at the polls by staying home.

According to an analysis by Jay Cost on Real Clear Politics (can’t find the link anymore), Hispanics represented 8% of the electorate over the past three midterm elections. A Hispanic-only “third party” would go nowhere without white support, so this would be an empty threat on a national level.

Among Hispanics, about 60% voted for Democrats and 39% for Republicans in 2010, with the net advantage for Democrats of less than 2% of the entire electorate. If Gutierrez convinced some Hispanics to withhold their support for Democrats, it might cost Democrats a few House seats along the margins, but Democrats may have more to fear from a “white backlash” if they pass the DREAM act.

Steve Z on December 3, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Why, yes, this is the same Luis Gutierrez who recently told Newsweek, “I have only one loyalty and that’s to the immigrant community.”

Then he needs to be removed from office IMMEDIATELY! He put his hand on a bible and took an oath to protect the US and Constitution that means ALL citizens no just hispanics and immigrants Illegal/Legal. Therefore he has violated his oath of office and needs to be removed!

xler8bmw on December 3, 2010 at 10:07 AM