Luis Gutierrez's work on immigration reform is more important than running for mayor of Chicago

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U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez

I have to say I was shocked to hear that U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez will not run for mayor of Chicago.

In a speech Thursday at the University of Illinois at Chicago the congressman announced his decision not to run. He stated that his commitment to push for immigration reform in Congress was his main priority.

"That is my vocation and that is where I will put my energy in the coming months," he said, according to the Chicago Tribune's Clout Street.

I thought that Gutierrez actually could have wound up in a runoff for the mayor's seat.

One thing that was overlooked was the number of people that he has helped become U.S. citizens over the years. His citizenship workshops have helped more than 50,000 immigrants in the Chicago area become U.S. citizens and a potential voting bloc for Gutierrez.

He also has national name recognition and is seen as a champion for immigration reform. This is interesting because he is Puerto Rican and is viewed as a stronger advocate for immigration reform than many of the Mexican-American congressmen from other states.

It's true that a mayoral candidate would have to focus on local issues and immigration is a federal issue.  The movement for immigration reform is growing stronger and Gutierrez has been pressuring the Obama Administration and Congress to move faster.

The announcement was praised by leaders in the immigrant rights community and they agreed that Gutierrez is needed on the national level to push for immigration reform.

"His decision today shows his strong commitment with the immigrant community," read a statement released Thursday afternoon by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. "We thank him for being a champion pushing for immigration reform. We believe that his role at the national level is critical to move forward comprehensive and humane federal solutions for the broken immigration system."

I think the mayoral race will be less interesting without Gutierrez, who also has accused Rahm Emanuel of not doing enough for immigration reform. He definitely would have been unafraid to challenge Emanuel.

I would have liked to see him run and I think he would have garnered more citywide support than people think. But I understand his commitment to immigration reform and the importance of seeing that through.

There are still plenty of other people running. Among the announced Latino candidates are Chicago City Clerk, Miguel del Valle; Chairman of the City Colleges Board and former Daley chief of staff Gery Chico; and Rev. Wilfredo De Jesus, pastor at the New Life Covenant Church in the Humboldt Park neighborhood.

De Jesus has faced controversy for working against a high school for gay students and was criticized by leaders of the gay community when he was considered to replace Billy Ocasio as alderman.

There's no shortage of news in this mayoral race.

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  • Senator Harry Reid of Nevada will certainly force through another illegal alien Amnesty, if he is returned to power. The Heritage Foundation has calculated that passing this law will cost taxpayers $2.6 trillion dollars. This amount will be added to the $13 Trillion, we already owe foreign Nations. Google--Illegal alien costs then judge for yourself and then come to a decision who to vote back into office. Senator Boxer (D-CA); Sen. Feingold (D-WI); Senator Murkoski (R-AK) Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA) Speaker Pelosi, Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, Jerry Brown; Charlie Crist; and Andrew Cuomo. (Cuomo effected the collapse of the real estate market). US Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.

    All are involved--one way or another--taking jobs from citizens and residents. Perhaps all these elected officials should ask Michael D. Andronovich, Los Angeles County Supervisor, the cost for welfare benefits for illegal alien children in the month of June. No wonder this California Sanctuary City has to folk out that month $48.000.000 dollars. That was 2009, when projected the cost would be $575 million dollars? Can anybody even estimate this expenditure, for just the children of illegal aliens for 2010? Annually the cost of illegal immigration to Los Angeles County taxpayers exceeds over $1 billion dollars.All these politicians have poor immigration records when voting and because of the money involved should be removed. Most would let illegal aliens access to your Social Security entitlements and are already federally funding Sanctuary Cities and States to the detriment of taxpayers.

    All Liberal Democrats lawmakers have this agenda, including Governors, Mayors, Police chiefs and elected officials. Harry Reid has the 2nd highest jobless rates, next to foreclosures and an out-of-control welfare entitlement program. This powerful Senator did nothing to stop the illegal aliens pouring into the Silver State and then become public recipients of free health care and education. Hundreds of billions are being extracted from your wallet, to support millions of illegal nationals who are little or no education, and have become a liability to our country. Use your favorite search engine and check out your own States support of illegal aliens. An example could be--Nevada--illegal alien costs. Google---Illegal alien costs; health care; education; hospitals; voter fraud; Social Security; Use the the keyword illegal alien and learn the astronomical costs to taxpayers.

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE--are the Tea Party and will not be manipulated by the Liberal-Democrats extremists, Republicans elites, open-border or special interests to influence its leadership. Be prepared to see nefarious voting activities as the "Honor System" cannot be trusted anymore, which includes absentee balloting in close races. Fraudulent ID has become abundant by illegal aliens to steal jobs from Americans, so voting although a federal violation causes no concern to these people. Nevada where Reid and Angle are running neck to neck, must be scrutinized for voter irregularities, as is a massive community statewide of foreign nationals.

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