The Socialist Face of “Immigrant Rights”
Inside the corrosive agendas of Congressman Luis Gutierrez.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois) reacted with elation to the Supreme Court’s recent announcement that it will soon hear the case of Texas v. United States, to determine the fate of President Obama’s “Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents” (DAPA). That executive action, which Obama issued in November 2014 by circumventing Congress and usurping its lawmaking authority, gave millions of illegal immigrants temporary legal status, work permits, eligibility for certain publicly funded benefits, and protection from deportation.
It’s not at all surprising that Gutierrez avidly supports DAPA. Like all dutiful socialists, he has long viewed the heavy hand of centralized government as the indispensable linchpin of civil society. When he launched his political career as a Chicago alderman in the 1980s, Gutierrez was a member of the Puerto Rican Socialist Party. Throughout his 23 years in the House of Representatives, he has been a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the socialist wing of the Democratic Party. And his political campaigns have drawn significant support from the Democratic Socialists of America.
In the mid-1990s, Gutierrez developed close ties to the New Party in Chicago. The goal of this socialist political entity was to endorse and elect far-left public officials—usually Democrats—as a means of moving the Democratic Party ever further to the left, thereby setting the stage for the eventual rise of a new socialist “third party.” The New Party’s most noteworthy member at that time was none other than Barack Hussein Obama.
In 1999 Gutierrez collaborated with fellow Progressive Caucus members to pressure President Bill Clinton to free 16 convicted terrorists belonging to the FALN, a Marxist-Leninist paramilitary organization that had carried out 146 bombings during a 25-year period. Indeed, Gutierrez was the FALN’s chief spokesman and advocate during the campaign to release its incarcerated members.
During his years in Congress, Gutierrez has proudly cultivated a reputation as the Democratic Party’s leading voice on immigration issues, and has been at the forefront of the effort to pass comprehensive reform legislation. In 2001 he became the first elected official to sponsor a version of the DREAM Act—designed to create a pathway-to-citizenship for illegal immigrants who came to the United States as minors. Eight years later, he co-sponsored a bill to pave such a path for virtually all illegal immigrants.
In 2010 Gutierrez threatened to oppose Obamacare because it included provisions that would prohibit illegals from purchasing health insurance through government-run exchanges. He ultimately decided to back the legislation, however, because he was confident that Congress would soon “move forward on a comprehensive immigration reform package.” “I have only one loyalty,” Gutierrez emphasized later that year, “and that’s to the immigrant community.”
On August 1, 2014—in the midst of a sudden, massive influx across America’s southern border by more than 50,000 unaccompanied, illegal-immigrant minors hailing from Central America—Gutierrez asserted that conservatives who advocated closing the border to these newcomers were essentially obsessed with finding ways to “get meaner [and] nastier with immigrants.” In a press conference that same day, Gutierrez accused Republicans of: having reached the “least common denominator of hatefulness”; behaving “as though they despise and hate all of our [Hispanic immigrant] children”; permitting “the loudest, meanest, most vile voices” to dominate their party; and viewing Hispanic immigrants as “a vile, repugnant community.”
While speaking to the City Club of Chicago in early March 2015, Gutierrez boasted that the Windy City’s authorities were routinely defying federal immigration law, and that illegal immigrant students graduating from Chicago high schools were now able to attend their first two years of college “for free.”
Ain’t it nice to find a pack of servile minions … er, um … taxpayers … to foot the bill for all your “free” stuff?
In July 2015, Gutierrez spoke publicly about a recent incident where an illegal alien from Mexico had murdered a young San Francisco woman named Kate Steinle. Though the perpetrator already had seven felony convictions and five deportations (to Mexico) on his record, he nevertheless had been able to evade immigration authorities by settling in San Francisco—the city in which he chose to live precisely because of its “sanctuary” policies. Angered by conservatives and Republicans who cited Steinle’s murder as evidence of the need for stricter enforcement of immigration laws, Gutierrez said: “Every time a little thing like this happens, they use the most extreme example to say it [sanctuary policies] must be eliminated.”
Last November, Gutierrez went to the floor of the House to denounce Republicans who were calling for America to deny admittance to anyone from war-torn, terrorism-ravaged Syria—in light of the possibility that Islamic State terrorists might try to enter the U.S. by posing as refugees. Gutierrez described the Republican position as “despicable and cowardly and precisely the kind of reaction ISIS wanted.” “The free people of the world,” he groaned, “are turning their backs on people seeking safety and freedom. When we sent Jews back to Germany and when we sent Japanese to internment camps, we regretted it and we’ll regret this as well…. It is not the time to lose sight of ourselves and say America is too weak, America cannot handle 20,000 or 200,000 refugees fleeing for their lives.”
Luis Gutierrez has it all figured out: In his view, America is a fundamentally racist nation that treats nonwhite immigrants with contempt and disrespect, and any effort to enforce existing immigration law is, by definition, a reflection of that racism.
In other words, Luis Gutierrez is a very sick, delusional demagogue whose agenda is, quite literally, to destroy the American society that he utterly despises—and then remake it in accordance with his own racialist and socialist obsessions. Or to put it more succinctly, Luis Gutierrez is a proud Democrat.