Loretta Sanchez Co-Sponsors Dream Act

This big news of the day is Loretta Sanchez finally co-sponsoring the DREAM Act, which would allow for the legalization of undocumented immigrants who were brought here when they were young and went through the school system to obtain a college degree. Honestly, I cannot think of any immigration change that is more deserving. I am glad Loretta Sanchez has given her name as a co-sponsor even though she has stated endlessly that she would vote for it if it were to come up for a vote.

That being said, I am sure the Dream Team kids will put the past aside and will give her their full support and abandon the faker Cecilia Iglesias, who has been proven to be nothing more than a Republican tool to split the latino vote. Just look at the picture of her smiling with Ed Royce. I wouldn’t be caught dead taking a picture with that anti-immigrant scum bag. I am sure the Dream Team will be willing to help her beat Van Tran at this point. We shall see.

At the same time, I want to take a moment to hopefully educate the Dream Team kids on how our legislative process works. While they were busy following Loretta around and bugging her to co-sponsor the DREAM Act, helping Van Tran win a trip to Congress by helping Cecilia Iglesias, they should have been utlilizing the over 100 other Dream Act co-sponsors to pressure Nancy Pelosi to call a vote. When a bill passes a house of Congress, you need 218 or 60 votes, not 218 or 60 co-sponsors. So instead of hounding Loretta Sanchez which did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to move the DREAM Act along, you could have been calling the co-sponsors and demand and hound them to round up the votes to reach 218 and force Pelosi to bring the issue to the floor. That is the way to get real action on a bill, not going to progressive events and making a scene.

You already had Loretta’s vote if it came up. But what if she had not co-sponsored, you helped Cecilia Iglesias and god forbid, Van Tran won. Good luck getting him to vote AYE, much less co-sponsor the DREAM Act, he is a proven Mexican hater. So enjoy the fact that Loretta co-sponsored the DREAM Act. I am glad she did, but at the same time, all this was an exercise in futility. Now that you got what you wanted, take the advice I wrote above and instead of obsessing over co-sponsors, obsess over getting to the 218 and 60 votes in each house to pass the DREAM ACT, and obsess over getting the co-sponsors to do their responsibility and put pressure to gather those votes and force a floor debate.

  18 comments for “Loretta Sanchez Co-Sponsors Dream Act

  1. May 26, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Way to stand by Dreamers, Claudio!

  2. Claudio Gallegos
    May 26, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Gustavo, Did you flunk reading comprehension, I said I support the DREAM Act and feel that there is no better bill that should be passed. I also stated that I am pleased to see Loretta now co-sponsoring the bill. I don’t understand how that is not siding with the “Dreamers”.

    At the same time I am giving them some tough coaching advice because I actually would like to see this DREAM Act passed.I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to spend 8 years writing stories on why it should be passed. I would think you would agree with my assertion that hanging around a woman who pals around with Ed Royce is not conducive to getting the DREAM Act passed. Getting 218 and 60 votes in each Legislative chamber IS COnducive to getting the DREAM Act passed.

  3. May 26, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    you wouldn’t even have the opportunity to blog about this particular news of the day if the OCDT hadn’t done what they did so save the condescending tone!

    the dream team movement spreads beyond the borders of OC and every organization advocating for it does its part (like the dramatic sit in at John McCain’s office last week)

    part of what the OCDT did was ask of their congressional representative to sponsor the legislation. it was a sensible, reasonable demand.

    pressure from the grassroots can only really hold sway if the vote is deemed to be in any form of jeopardy (my hope is that labor, african-americans and latinos will apply this notion en masse one day to the democratic party)

    i’m no fan of ceci iglesias – who manages to say god three times a sentence and finds the favor of an ARENA ex-pres – but i can’t say now that the flirtation was without its strategic merits.

    the only lessons here are how ‘small d’ democratic grassroots movements can teach ‘big D’ democrats a lesson in democracy!

  4. junior
    May 26, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Gustavo & Claudio,

    And just how is this going to help Loretta get re-elected? I can see the campaign hit pieces now: “Loretta Sanchez Supports Benefits for Illegal Aliens.”

    Considering that registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans, but the difference is not significant, – how do you think the majority of voters in her district will feel about that?

  5. May 26, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Claudio: Your line about the Dreamers’ pressure on Loretta being an “exercise in futility” is an absolute insult to the students—way to stand by the machine instead of the grassroots! I always thought you were progressive and above party hackery—gracias for clearing up that misconception for the public! And no one thinks you’re anti-Latino per your email, so save us your self-crucifying.

  6. Carlos Xx
    May 26, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    “At the same time, I want to take a moment to hopefully educate the Dream Team kids on how our legislative process works”

    Educate about what? don’t justify Loretta’s weakness to represent her constituents for the last 10 years, DREAMERs understand the legislative process that’s why they gave the arrogant Loretta a hard time..

  7. Steve Perez
    May 26, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    There is definitely a touch of condescension in this blog, but the point remains that no additional votes were garnered. She supported it before, and she supports it now. Why wasn’t all this lobbying and attention directed at one of the OTHER 5 CONGRESSMEMBERS that represent OC in the House? There is no net gain here, and a lot of wasted effort. Illogical.
    But hey, it makes Gustavo feel alright because he gets to rail against an effective legislator. You’ll have to look for another cover for mocking Lo Sanchez, G!

    • Dan Chmielewski
      May 26, 2010 at 7:20 pm

      Steve — good comment. I guess Loretta can’t do anything right per Gustavo.

  8. May 26, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Steve: Another so-called grassroots guy who’d rather throw his lot with the machine than the downtrodden! But, hey: you need to work the system to get elected one day, right? “Wasted effort”—you only wish you had a third of the Dreamers’ resolve and courage.

    • Dan Chmielewski
      May 26, 2010 at 7:23 pm

      Explain how Dreamers have courage? This legislation is nothing more than an easier path to legal residency. Resolve yes, courage, no.

  9. May 26, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    If Sanchez is an important lawmaker, her co-sponsorship is important. It in fact, it should have been a given. It’s also a principled way of representing her constituency.

    Co-sponsorship and the number of people who sign on to it lends itself in general to building momentum around a certain piece of legislation. Ask the dreamers why they are ratcheting up their actions to include civil disobedience. They will tell you they believe it’s the only stand alone legislation out there that can provide some progress on immigration given the probability – meaning the lack thereof – of CIR right now. Dreamers feel if this is going to get done, it has to get done before June 15th…

    And, of course, the co-sponsorship gives the media something to talk about too 😉

  10. Steve Perez
    May 26, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Gustavo: So-called grassroots guy? Last I checked, you are a columnist for a free weekly paper, whose biggest gig has been a limp, re-occurring column, that many, many times has no significant point or contribution to make. How is that grassroots? You just talk and write about stuff Gustavo, your not fighting any battles, so I don’t know why you think you can question my ‘credentials’ or attack my resolve or courage.

    I actually love how you attack me personally instead of disagree with my assertion that in reality, nothing has changed for the Dream Act. You throwing mud, or saying that Loretta Sanchez thinks she’s better than dark mexi’s because she’s light skinned is not going to change that. It just gives you something else to write about. Which is after all, how you stay relevant.

    I just meant to convey that anyone with any political acumen at all would have focused their time, energy. and resources on the OTHER 5 CONGRESSMEMBERS in OC THAT OPPOSE the Dream Act. Just common sense. Have fun staying on the sidelines, ‘reporter’.

  11. Grassroots Machine
    May 27, 2010 at 7:46 am

    Well said Steve! Gustavo turns a blind eye while Art “NAMBLA” Pedroza promotes pedophilia and defrauds creditors including mexican owned HSBC bank. Gustavo also turns a blind eye to Sean Mill blogging from Advantage Title in Irvine, a company which most likely got taxpayer dollars to keep afloat and allow Sean Mill to blog from work and promote Papi Pulido and his machine. Go sell some more organic crap with your Caucasian girlfriend Gustavo and quit pretending you got a dog in the fight.

  12. Steve Perez
    May 27, 2010 at 10:21 am

    GM- This has nothing to do with GA going to other blogs, or talking to other bloggers, and it definitely has NOTHING to do with his girlfriend or her ethnicity. Please keep that trash out of here, or at the very least don’t spew it while pretending to praise my comments.

  13. Grassroots Machine
    May 27, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Lighten up Steve. Gustavo makes his living through race baiting and insults and name calling.Entienda? What’s good for the ganso is good for the gander. If he can’t take the heat maybe he should stay out of the cocina.

  14. junior
    May 27, 2010 at 4:44 pm


    Common sense says that the other 5 Republican members of congress in Orange County could not be budged by a bulldozer to support the Dream Act. To try and convince them otherwise would be nonsensical and a total waste of time and effort.

    You say “…the fact remains that not one extra vote was garnered by the efforts of the OC Dream Team.”

    While this is probably an accurate statement; the other side of that coin is that by co-sponoring the Dream Act Loretta has diminished her likelyhood of being re-elected.

  15. Heather Pritchard
    May 27, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Well, I think these students can benefit from both tactics. Making themselves vocal, etc. is not about grassoots but it’s important that they make their voices heard. It’s certainly a means and I don’t think it hurts Loretta’s campaign, that’s absurd.

    But the patronizing tone is what’s annoying. These students have obviously worked very hard to get where they are. Doing the things Gustavo suggest is also grassroots activism, putting pressure on legislators is not being part of the machine, calling and organizing people to act on your behalf is not being part of the machine.

    They can still do that organizing, it would be helpful in fact if they tell their stories to other legislators, how this bill will effect them, etc.

    All of this is grassroots activism, organizing, putting your time and adding your voice to a worthy cause is grassroots.

    What is frustrating is that rather than giving constructive criticism and offering to help them with the process, help them organize it’s easier to just do the patronizing tone.

    Where’s the middle ground guys? Ultimately, this is about the STUDENTS and what will help them the most. You fighting with each other does nothing to further THEIR cause.

    • Heather Pritchard
      May 27, 2010 at 7:25 pm

      I stand corrected, I meant to say that making yourself heard is about grassroots. It’s activism at it’s best, but it’s more about freedom of speech. It’s also disruptive and there are consequences to that, people will frown upon it, whether you like it or not. But it got the much needed attention to the issue, which if that was the ultimate goal, mission accomplished.

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