Chicago Congressman Luis Gutierrez has launched a new effort to aide illegal aliens to resist deportation with a “toolkit” that contains a “get out of deportation” card.
Gutierrez is handing out what he is calling the Family Defender Toolkit contained in a pamphlet that includes an “emergency” card that informs illegal immigrants how to avoid deportation.
Introducing his pamphlet in a video on his Congressional website, Gutierrez tells illegals how to use his emergency card. “By using this card after you’ve been arrested or detained,” Gutierrez says in a promotional video, “you can explain that under the policy in place today, you should be released because you are not a priority for deportation.”
Gutierrez says that his pamphlet is aimed at preparing illegals for the full implementation of Obama’s amnesty after a federal court takes its hold off the policy.
“I created this toolkit for you to protect yourself from deportation. Even though you cannot apply yet for the expanded DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and new DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) you can still prepare,” Gutierrez said on the video.
The “emergency card” reads:
Do not deport me because I am eligible for DACA or DAPA.
No me deporte porque soy eligible para DACA o DAPA.
___ I have lived in the U.S. for ____ years. | He vivido en los EE.UU por ____ años. ___ I have ____ U.S. citizen children or children with green cards. | Tengo ____
hijos ciudadanos de los EE.UU o con su tarjeta verde.
___ I am in school/graduated/discharged honorably from military. | Estoy en la escuela/me graduó/me descargó honorablemente del militar.
___ I am NOT a threat to national security, border security, or public safety, and I have NO serious criminal history. | No soy una amenaza a la seguridad nacional, la seguridad fronteriza, la seguridad del public, y ni tengo una histora criminal que es seria.
AND, I have the right to remain silent and the right to speak to a lawyer before saying anything or signing anything. | Y, yo tengo el derecho de mantener silencio y el derecho de hablar con un abogado antes de decir o firmar algo.
Gutierrez is not pushing this “toolkit” alone. At a recent press conference, Gutierrez enlisted the support of Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Karen Bass (D-CA), Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Al Green (D-TX), and Barbara Lee (D-CA).
Steny Hoyer, the Democrats’ second in House leadership, said that the toolkit help people “understand their rights.”
“The immigration system is broken and needs to be fixed. We agree,” Hoyer said on March 26. “The President has agreed and tried to do what he could under law to do so. Now it is time for us to bring a bill to the Floor. But in the interim, this packet allows people to understand their rights in this country, pursuant to the President’s order. If Republicans disagree with the President’s immigration policies, again, they have an alternative: bring a bill to the Floor to change that.”
Not everyone is complimentary about Gutierrez’ toolkit. Chicago-based Cook County Republican Party Chairman Aaron del Mar says that the Congressman is “flaunting the law” by aiding illegals to circumvent immigration law.
“Rep. Gutierrez is only interested in open borders, which wreak havoc on the 93 million middle-class Americans already out of work and the millions more who are seeing their wages reduced due to companies hiring illegal workers,” Del Mar said.
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