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Gutierrez Address To

Democratic National Convention

Discurso pronunciado ante la Convencin Nacional Demcrata

(Charlotte, NC) — The following are Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez’ remarks in his address to the Democratic National Convention, September 5, 2012, [Note: Embargoed until delivery, approx. 5:00 p.m. ET] followed by a translation to Spanish. Congressman Gutierrez is a Puerto Rican born in Chicago and was first elected to Congress from the Fourth District of Illinois in 1992, 20 years ago. He is a Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, a member of the House Financial Services Committee (and Ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Housing, Insurance and Community Opportunity), and a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, where he serves as the Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ Task Force on Immigration. He is married and has two daughters and a grandson. More at http://gutierrez.house.gov/

Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (IL-4)

Remarks Prepared For Delivery at the Democratic National Convention

5 September 2012 – 5:00 p.m. ET

Tonight I want to celebrate a fundamental reason we are Democrats.

We believe that America is never greater than when we protect the rights we have won – and strive to make real the call of our founders to create a more perfect Union.

We are never more American than when we demand that all people are treated with dignity and respect. We are never more patriotic than when we see a group of people being cast aside and say: Stop.

In America, we do not tolerate anyone being treated unfairly.

We are truly American when we live up to our original promise of liberty and celebrate those quintessentially American words–“All men are created equal.”

My friends, on June 15th, President Obama, made those words real.

That day, he took steps to give deferred action on deportation to more than one million deserving young people. People brought here as children.

We call them the “Dreamers,” because they are young people who want their shot at the American dream. They are students and volunteers and leaders. Many want to join the armed forces. They are true Americans. They are American in every way – except on paper.

President Obama stood up for people like my friend Jessica from Chicago. Jessica had a 3.8 GPA in high school. She has a scholarship to the great University of North Carolina. But because she didn’t come to America until she was seven years old, her future was in doubt.

Until Barack Obama took bold action to stand up for Jessica and a million immigrants like her.

Now, America faces a stark choice. The future of over one million good people will be decided in this election. We can’t deny them.

President Obama is protecting immigrants.

Mitt Romney wants to send them back.

This election will determine whether high school valedictorians, football team captains, and student council presidents will be treated with respect – or treated like suspects.

Whether they reach their dreams, or whether Mitt Romney turns their dreams into nightmares.

This belief separates our parties.

Democrats have always been the party of expanding the embrace of our democracy and humanity.

It’s not just dreamers. Democrats value all immigrants. Republicans blame immigrants for our problems. Democrats thank them for their work.

Democrats will fight for comprehensive immigration reform that keeps America secure while keeping immigrant families united.

Immigration reform stops the finger-pointing and allows immigrants to make America stronger.

Here’s what immigration reform means for Hector Nunez:

Hector is a U.S. citizen and a soldier, a “combat engineer” in the U.S. Army. He locates and eliminates roadside bombs. Hector risks his life, so that we can be safe.

Hector and his wife, Rosa, have a citizen son, Jason. Rosa is an immigrant. To finalize her citizenship, Rosa was told to return to Mexico. But when the family went, Rosa was told she couldn’t come back. She was told to stay – but our government told Hector he could deploy to Afghanistan to risk his life to defend America.

That’s not right. Our broken immigration system creates stories like this every day. Good people, torn apart, kept from working, paying taxes, serving in the armed forces – keeping us all safe.

In any language–the choice is clear.

Mis amigos, esta es una eleccin crucial para nuestra comunidad. Esta eleccion es crucial por eso votare por Barack Obama!

The obstruction of the Republican Party and Mitt Romney is not new. Every time we’ve expanded civil rights in America, someone tried to stop us.

From marriage equality to voting rights – someone will fight against expanding the rights enjoyed by some Americans to all Americans.

There is always someone who says–these rights, these liberties, and this equality–it’s just for me – it’s not for you.

This election, please join me in standing by Barack Obama. Help our President show that in America, freedom and equality are for all of us.

Congresista Luis V. Gutirrez (IL-4)

Discurso pronunciado ante la Convencin Nacional Demcrata

5 de septiembre de 2012

Traduccin: Oficina del Congresista Luis Gutierrez

Esta noche deseo celebrar la razn fundamental por la cual somos Demcratas.

Creemos que Estados Unidos nunca es ms grandioso que cuando protegemos los derechos que hemos ganado – y cuando trabajamos para hacer real el llamado que nos hicieran los fundadores de nuestro pas a formar una Unin ms perfecta.

Nunca somos mejores ciudadanos de Estados Unidos, ni mejores estadounidenses que cuando exigimos que toda la gente sea tratada con dignidad y con respeto. Nunca somos ms patriotas que cuando vemos a un grupo de personas que son discriminados y segregados y decimos: no ms injusticia!

Aqu en Estados Unidos no toleramos el trato injusto a persona alguna.

Somos verdaderos estadounidenses cuando vivimos de acuerdo con nuestra promesa original de libertad y cuando celebramos esas palabras que son la quintaesencia de Estados Unidos: “Todos los humanos son creados iguales”.

Mis amigos, el 15 de junio, el Presidente Obama hizo esas palabras realidad.

Ese da el tom pasos para darle accin diferida de deportacin a ms de un milln de jvenes aptos y merecedores. Jvenes que llegaron aqu cuando eran nios.

Les llamamos los “Dreamers” porque son gente joven que desean tener la oportunidad de alcanzar el Sueo Americano. Son estudiantes, hacen trabajo voluntario en sus comunidades, y son lderes. Muchos de ellos desean ingresar a nuestras fuerzas armadas. Son verdaderos americanos. Son estadounidenses en todo sentido — excepto en papel.

El Presidente Obama se puso de pie por gente como mi amiga Jessica, de Chicago. Jessica tuvo un promedio acadmico de 3.8 en su escuela superior. Ella tiene una beca para asistir a la gran Universidad de Carolina del Norte. Pero, porque ella no lleg a Estados Unidos hasta que tena 7 aos de edad, su futuro estaba en duda.

Hasta que Barack Obama actu con valenta, y se puso de pie por Jessica y por un milln de inmigrantes como ella.

Ahora, Estados Unidos enfrenta una decisin clara y cruda. El futuro de ms de un milln de personas se va a decidir en esta eleccin. No podemos permitir que les nieguen su futuro.

El Presidente Obama est protegiendo a los inmigrantes.

Mitt Romney quiere enviarlos de vuelta.

Esta eleccin va a determinar si a los mejores estudiantes de nuestras escuelas superiores, capitanes de equipos de football y presidentes de concilios de estudiantes se les va a tratar con respeto, o si se les va a tratar como sospechosos y delincuentes.

Si alcanzan sus sueos, o si Mitt Romney convierte sus sueos en pesadillas.

Este principio separa a nuestros partidos polticos.

Los Demcratas hemos sido siempre el partido que extiende el abrazo de nuestra democracia y nuestra humanidad.

No son tan slo los Dreamers. Los Demcratas valoramos todos los inmigrantes. Los Republicanos culpan a los inmigrantes por los problemas que aquejan al pas. Los demcratas les agradecemos a los inmigrantes por su trabajo.

Los Demcratas luchamos por una reforma integral del sistema migratorio que provea seguridad a Estados Unidos, mientras mantenemos a las familias inmigrantes unidas.

La reforma migratoria detiene a los dedos acusatorios y les permite a los inmigrantes fortalecer nuestro pas.

Esto es lo que la reforma migratoria significa para Hctor Nez:

Hctor es un ciudadano de Estados Unidos y soldado, un “ingeniero de combate” en el Ejrcito de Estados Unidos. l busca, encuentra y elimina las bombas enemigas colocadas a los costados de las carreteras. Hctor arriesga su vida por nuestra seguridad.

Hctor y su esposa, Rosa, tienen un hijo que es ciudadano de Estados Unidos, Jason. Rosa es inmigrante. Para completar su proceso de adquirir la ciudadana de Estados Unidos a Rosa le instruyeron regresar a Mxico. Pero, cuando su familia lleg a Mxico, nuestro gobierno le inform a Rosa que no podra regresar a Estados Unidos. Se le dijo que debera permanecer all, mientras nuestro gobierno le dijo a Hctor que poda regresar a Afganistn a arriesgar su vida defendiendo a nuestro pas.

Esto no est bien. Nuestro sistema migratorio roto crea historias como esta todos los das. Gente buena, separada a la fuerza, se les impide trabajar, pagar impuestos o servir en nuestras fuerzas armadas para mantenernos seguros a todos.

En cualquier lenguaje – la seleccin es clara.

[En Espaol]: Mis amigos, esta es una eleccin crucial para nuestra comunidad.

nanse a m para re-elegir a Barack Obama.

[En Ingles:] La obstruccin del Partido Republicano y Mitt Romney no es nueva. Cada vez que expandimos los derechos civiles en Estados Unidos, alguien intent detenernos.

Desde la igualdad de matrimonio al derecho al voto, siempre habr alguien opuesto a extender los derechos que gozan algunos americanos para que los gocen todos los americanos.

Siempre hay alguien que dice — estos derechos, estas libertades y esa igualdad — son slo para m — no son para ti.

En esta eleccin, por favor nase a m junto a Barack Obama. Ayudemos a nuestro presidente a demostrar que en Estados Unidos, la libertad y la igualdad son para todos nosotros.

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