Saturday, April 23, 2011

Who We're Dealing With in the Bert Corona Fiasco - Gutierrez 5

I'm not going to print out this whole article, just copy a couple of exerpts.  I'll put the link at the bottom if you're interested in the whole article. --Faye

Keeping Obama to His Word

While many admire his tenacity and credit him with keeping immigration reform alive, others, including members of the Obama administration, believe his confrontational style can be counterproductive. He sees things more simply. “I have only one loyalty,” he says, “and that’s to the immigrant community.”

The immigrant movement will face a much more adverse climate in Congress next year. As a result, Gutierrez is trying to redirect its energy toward a different end: persuading Obama to use his executive powers to stop the deportation of law-abiding illegal immigrants. To ratchet up the pressure, Gutierrez is encouraging acts of nonviolent civil disobedience. “We cannot be a slave to the legislative process,” he says. “That’s what we’ve done, and it hasn’t served us very well.” Given that some Republican lawmakers have made clear they plan to use their newfound power to crack down even more on illegal immigrants, “the next couple of years are going to be an extraordinary battle,” says Rosenberg. Gutierrez’s “voice will be needed more than ever.” And you can be certain you’ll hear it.

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