An Open Letter to Loretta Sanchez by the Orange County Dream Team

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The Dreamers in action...
Here at OC Weekly, we're a proud Aztlanista front, so we're more than happy to run the following open letter by the Orange County Dream Team, that amazing group of undocumented students and their supporters who have been advocating for amnesty for (relative) ages. Their target this time around? Their favorite whipping pendeja: Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. Take it away, kiddos!

A Letter to Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (from the Orange County Dream Team)

Congresswoman Sanchez,

Let us begin by acknowledging that on April 24th, several members of our organization had the opportunity to meet with you and two members of your local and DC staff.

Let us also begin by acknowledging that although we hoped this meeting should have happened earlier (and under less tense circumstances) we found it to be cordial and productive in the ample time and attention that was given for our members to raise our concerns and request your more active role in moving the President to take action to address the record number of deportations under his administration.

Our opposition to Obama Administration's massive criminalizing and deportation policies are well documented in the public record, so we will just jump to follow-up on the requests and suggestions we made of you and your staff during that meeting, as well as the ways to move forward now that several changes have occurred in the landscape.

Our central request was and continues to be for you to publicly push President Obama to take immediate action to against the record number of deportations and expand the program of Deferred Action.

We applaud what's been reported as advocacy you have done in private and we ask that you make it public. Your office has been willing to assist individuals facing deportation and Rep. Gutierrez has stated for the public record that you have advocated for relief in private meetings between the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and DHS Sec. Johnson.

However, to make such change possible, it requires a public conversation and the President hearing from Congresspeople, like yourself on the public record. That is why the #Not1More Campaign has been very direct and public from the start. We ask you to take steps like those of the AFL-CIO, which has been an early advocate for administrative action, as it raised its demand privately and very visibly in public.

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