Loretta Sanchez: Democrats May Cave on Pathway to Citizenship for Undocumented, and That's Okay

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Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez emerged from a White House meeting with President Barack Obama and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus earlier this week admonishing her Republican colleagues saying that "silly season is over" on immigration reform.

The lawmaker's words seemed stern enough, but as she appeared on MSNBC's NOW With Alex Wagner yesterday, Sanchez turned milquetoast. With the immigration debate heating up in the House of Representatives, chatter is mounting on a supposed compromise that would pilfer a pathway to legalization, but not necessarily citizenship.

With Known Nothing intransigent Republicans in the House, their contribution to immigration reform is expected to only further dilute the hopes for citizenship among those in the shadows. Time for House Democrats to grow a backbone? Nah...

The Senate immigration bill is already a less than comprehensive approach, that, with the inclusion of the Corker-Hoeven amendment, doubles the size of la migra and adds hundreds of miles of fencing to an already militarized border. The years-long pathway to citizenship laid out in an uneven trade-off with enforcement provisions would be unattainable for millions of undocumented immigrants living in the United States.

When asked about that particular notion on the program, Congresswoman Sanchez didn't slam it and left it up for legitimate discussion.

"Are Democrats willing to accept a path to legalization and not a path to citizenship?" Alex Wagner asked her guest. Instead of affirming a strong commitment, Sanchez criticized her Republican colleagues before saying, "Every community has people that have been working here, that are part of the fabric of America, that need legalization."

Needing more clarification, Wagner returned to the question. "Do you think there is room for debate...on that issue?" she asked the congresswoman once more. "There's always room for debate," Sanchez replied, following up later saying, "There's always room to talk and we'll continue to talk with them."

The MSNBC host wanted to address the DREAM Act, but the pressed-for-time lawmaker took a pass on the issue, citing the need to go cast a vote on the Farm bill.

Without voicing a firm commitment to citizenship, it seems 'silly season' politics has only just begun.

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26 comments
Brenda Garcia
Brenda Garcia

It is rare to find a latino politician you can trust.

Oscar Rosales Castañeda
Oscar Rosales Castañeda

Ugh, politicians and self-anointed "activists" of her ilk make me cringe. Sadly, she's one of many faux "progressives."

Leilani Albano
Leilani Albano

i have heard here speak in public. she sounds crazy or high and sometimes both.

Chely Manrique-ibarra
Chely Manrique-ibarra

The lack of leadership from our congresswomen and their male counterparts make me wonder if the Martin Luther King Hispanic version will ever surface the earth . Y ahora quien podra defendernos?

Paul Martinez
Paul Martinez

I ve always liked Loretta , she is a nice looking lady

Bobby Godinez
Bobby Godinez

Well she is no Luis Gutierrez that's 4 sure ...

MJ Patiño
MJ Patiño

The oppressed will become the oppressor-Paulo Friere

Huitzilopochtli Maestas
Huitzilopochtli Maestas

Do not Forget that this compromised Democrat, Loretta Sanchez and I believe her sister, Linda are prominent congressional member of the UNMANNED SYSTEMS (Drones) CAUCUS. so she must be thrilled. Follow the money... She stands to be a money rainmaker and profit considerably since the Drone Business profits would rise considerable under this nazi-like program.

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

Rasa vengance para los estados rovados aqui los esperamos con brasos aviertos, vengance a ganar dollares y para que se emputen mas los gringos jajaja.

Fkkn Ericc
Fkkn Ericc

The pride of Katella High School jajaja

Tangaxhuan Wo'ilake
Tangaxhuan Wo'ilake

Marvelous Mitchell...that is why mesitzaje will always fail to unite us...white privilege will always be the dominant theme of any attempt at unification. You need a super-indigena who can work the magic of inclusiveness to unite us.

Marvelous Swf Mitchell
Marvelous Swf Mitchell

Nothing better than Mexican Americans that feel some sense of "ENTITLEMENT". In other words, HEY FOOLS!!! YOU AIN'T WHITE. QUIT THINKING YOU ARE, QUIT ACTING LIKE YO U ARE, AND QUIT TALKING LIKE YOU ARE.

Don Mexico
Don Mexico

I used to vote for her, but not anymore. I don't agree with several issues she stands for. I'm tired of her.

armandocdll81
armandocdll81

Why would a United States congresswoman even think about awarding citizenship to foreign nationals who used deception and fraud to circumvent our nation's immigration system? That such a thought would even cross her mind is truly alarming. 

armandocdll81
armandocdll81

@Bobby Godinez Thank God - Mr. Guitierrez is a traitor to this nation. 

armandocdll81
armandocdll81

@Marcela Rios Contreras Selling out who? The American citizens elected her or the unauthorized foreign nationals that dwell in the murky shadows of her district?

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