Whatâ€™s different on this trip is Gutierrezâ€™ demand that President Obama bypass the uncooperative Congress entirely and use his executive power to reward foreign lawbreakers with a path to citizenship. Obama already stated on Univision in Spanish that he wouldnâ€™t end deportations with the proverbial pen stroke, so itâ€™s doubtful he would fork over the big amnesty enchilada. However, as miserable reelection poll numbers accumulate, Obama might be inclined to do more for his Mexican base.
Meanwhile, the unemployment rate in California is 12 percent even as of March. A massive amnesty of the sort Gutierrez envisions would transform millions of aliens into legal workers who could more easily compete with unemployed citizens for jobs.
Below is a video of Gutierrez making his pitch to an appreciative audience, possibly in Detroit, judging by the date and tag on the Tube.
Rep. Gutierrez is heading to Mexifornia this week, with appearances up and down the state. Feel free to welcome him appropriately to your community.
NEWS FLASH: American Families Tour with Rep. Luis Gutierrez Comes to California, Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights in Los Angeles, April 22, 2011
The California Table, a coalition of more than 40 organizations across the state, will host seven townhall forums this April 26 â€“ 30, 2011 featuring Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a champion of champions on immigration reform in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The forums will highlight how our current immigration laws are impacting U.S. citizen and non-U.S. citizen families. Testimonies from a variety of Californians will be heard. The California tour is the largest leg of two national campaigns, the Change Takes Courage Campaign by the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), and the American Families and Children Tour by Congressman Gutierrez.
In the attachment section below, you may print and distribute the Petition.
Below, please see the weekâ€™s schedule. All forums are open to the public.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
[Also of interest: 4/26, â€“ Hearing in Sacramento on the TRUST Act (Ammiano), which would honor the right of local governments to opt out of the troubled â€?Secureâ€? Communities immigration program; the program has raised serious safety, civil liberties, and transparency concerns. Contact Jon Rodney at 510-207-9520 for details]
**Note: Rep. Gutierrez will be present at all events below.
REDWOOD CITY. Tues. 4/26, 3:00-4:30pm.
What and where: Town hall, St. Peterâ€™s Episcopal Church, 178 Clinton St, Redwood City.
Contact: Silvia Ramirez (650)716-7746
Sponsoring organizations: Committee de Padres Unidos; Episcopal Diocese
SAN JOSE. Tues. 4/26, 6:30-8:00pm
What and where: Town hall at Sacred Heart Church, 325 Willow St. San Jose.
Contact: Jesse Castaneda & Jazmin Segura (408)768-1161
Sponsoring organizations: SVAIR, SIREN
Testimonies and speakers: Congressman Honda; Dave Cortese, President of Co. Board of Supes; SJ Police Chief Moore, Interfaith Council members.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO, Wed, 4/27, 1:00 PM sharp.
What and where: Press Conference at SF City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
Contact: Melquis Naveo, (978) 457-9875; Joe Sciarrillo, (415) 320-9963
Sponsoring organizations: SF Bay Coalition for CIR
Testimonies and speakers: Board. Pres. David Chu opens event at 1pm sharp; Supe. Campos confirmed; event will include stories of LGBT immigrant families, such as the Tan-Mercado family
Thursday, April 28, 2011
ST HELENA, CA(Napa Co.), Thurs, 4/28, 2:30 â€“ 4:00 PM
What and where: Town hall at St. Helena Church. 1340 Tainter Street
Contact: Rosaura Segura (707)249-0716; Davin Cardenas (707)318-2818
Sponsoring organizations: St. Helena Church, Graton Day labor center
OAKLAND,Thurs 4/28, 6:00-7:30pm
What and where: Town hall at Cesar Chavez Learning Center, 2825 International Blvd., Oakland
Contact: Polo Morales (510)529-1567
Sponsoring orgs: Faith based organizations including OCO (Oakland), CCISCO (Richmond), and others
Friday, April 29, 2011
OXNARD, Fri 4/29, 5:30-7:00pm
What and where: Town hall at Mary Star of the Sea. 463 W. Pleasant Valley Rd., Oxnard
Contact: Mayron Payes, Alicia Flores, (626) 831-8952
Sponsoring organizations: Hermandad Mexicana, Family Services
Saturday, April 30, 2011
LOS ANGELES, Sat 4/30, 11:00-12:30pm
What and where: Town hall at St. Agathaâ€™s Church, 2646 S Mansfield Ave, LA
Contact: Jorge-Mario Cabrera, (562) 243-5559, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsoring Organization: CHIRLA
Testimonies and speakers: Blanca, street vendor, mother of U.S.-born child, nabbed by LAPD; Sheena Wilson, fiancee of Jose Gutierrez a man tased by BP now in coma.