Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /home/customer/www/fahamuusaimmigration.com/public_html/wp-content/plugins/affiliate-ads-builder-for-clickbank-products/vertical_horizontal_carousel.inc.php on line 70
State Sen. Roland Gutierrez is looking to tackle years of congressional inaction on federal immigration policy with the release of his five-point immigration plan, part of his campaign for U.S. Senate.
Gutierrez, D-San Antonio, announced his bid to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in July. The seat is now being sought by a dozen other Democrats, including San Antonio law professor Steven Keough and U.S. Rep. Colin Allred, D-Dallas, who is widely considered the current frontrunner in the race.
But while Allred’s campaign has raked in monumental fundraising numbers in support of his anti-Cruz campaign, Gutierrez has racked up dozens of endorsements by leaning heavily on policy proposals around gun laws, health care access and immigration.
“I have the honor of representing Texas border communities. I’m an immigration lawyer, and like so many Texans, I was blessed to have parents who made the decision to immigrate to Texas,” Gutierrez said in a statement announcing his immigration proposal. “I know how hard immigrants are willing to work for this country and for their families when given the chance. I also know why this system is broken and how to get it fixed.”
The Gutierrez Border and Immigration Plan takes on everything from the complicated visa process, new work programs for arriving migrants, human trafficking, drug cartels and new pathways to citizenship.
What’s in Gutierrez’s plan?
Gutierrez’s plan seeks to “secure our borders and meet the needs of our economy” through the following five steps:
- A pathway to normalcy for undocumented workers: Allow undocumented residents who have lived in the U.S. for at least five years to be eligible for the country’s citizenship examination, provided they arrived before Jan. 1, 2020, can prove their U.S. residency, have no criminal history and can pay the required government fees
- Justice for Dreamers: Grant “Dreamers,” immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, U.S. citizenship “immediately”
- A new work program for arriving migrants: Install U.S. Department of Labor kiosks at consulate offices where migrants can apply for jobs before arriving — after receiving a job in the U.S. and passing a background check, migrants will receive a paid bus ride to their chosen location within 90 days and be provided housing for the first 60 days.
- Fix and streamline alphabet soup of visas: Reform or eliminate the various visa programs currently on offer in the country.
- End human trafficking and stop drug cartels: Triple the Drug Enforcement Administration funding, issuing targeted sanctions on cartel elites, curtail the sale of assault weapons to cartels and cooperate more fully with Mexico and other Latin American countries to end drug-related crime.
“The Gutierrez immigration plan is about fixing our jobs challenge, treating people with respect, and cracking down on dangerous cartels,” Gutierrez wrote in the statement. “Blanket deportation and increased militarization at the border has little impact in decreasing legal or illegal migration when the vast majority of people coming to this country are jobseekers. We can be smart and provide solutions that help the Texas economy work for everyone.”
Gutierrez: Immigration reform key to addressing worker shortage, economic woes
Gutierrez said the current congressional stalemate over immigration reform is a disaster on multiple fronts.
“Congress has refused to fix this problem, which has resulted in economic stasis and humanitarian crises throughout the globe,” he wrote in a statement. “Nearly every sector of our economy is experiencing a labor shortage and national leaders refuse to do what is right. The Republican solution is cruel and has led to the deaths of women and children. Inaction has been damaging to people, our economy and a scam on the American people.”
For further evidence of the humanitarian implications of government inaction, Gutierrez, a strong proponent of enhanced gun laws since witnessing first-hand the carnage at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde last year, also noted the proliferation of American-made AR-15s among Mexican drug cartels.
The buoys and razor wire deployed along the Rio Grande by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, which Gutierrez said are designed “to maim and drown women and children,” only further illustrate the point.
“It’s a scam on the American people,” he wrote.
And while Gutierrez, the son of Mexican immigrants, realizes the need for a coherent and cohesive federal policy to address the crisis unfolding at the U.S.-Mexico border, he also sees that policy as key to solving many of the country’s biggest economic struggles.
“It’s time to tell the American people the truth,” he wrote in his statement. “This country has 30 million job vacancies that Americans will not take. An increase of workers will put the U.S. economy on steroids and safeguard our social security program for all of us for the next 100 years.”