Immigrant Rights Groups Commend Rep. Gutierrez for Fighting to Stop Deportation of South Carolina Man

Gutierrez’s Help Keeps Gabino Sanchez With His Family

(WASHINGTON)—The Fair Immigration Reform Movement, a network of community-based immigrant advocacy organizations in 30 states, today commended Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) for fighting to stop the deportation of a South Carolina man. Gutierrez’s efforts on behalf of Gabino Sanchez have helped keep Sanchez with his family while he works to resolve his case with immigration officials.

Sanchez, 27, has lived in the United States since he left his native Mexico when he was 14. Sanchez came to the U.S. to work and send money to his family. He is a construction and landscape worker from Ridgeland, S.C. He is married and has two children, both American citizens. Sanchez had been arrested for driving without a license, a misdemeanor.

Yet immigration officials had targeted Sanchez for deportation although the Obama Administration had directed federal officials to review more than 300,000 cases currently in deportation proceedings to identify low-priority individuals whose cases could be closed because they had strong ties to the United States and they posed no threat to society.

Today, Rep. Gutierrez and Mr. Sanchez had the support of hundreds of North Carolina residents who gathered at the immigration courthouse in Charlotte.

“We thank Rep. Gutierrez for working on behalf of Sanchez and his family, to keep them together,” said Rich Stolz, FIRM interim director. “The lengthy fight to keep Mr. Sanchez with his family in the United States is an example of how the prosecutorial discretion policy announced by the Obama Administration last year has fallen short of expectations in the immigrant and Latino community. This is only one example of thousands who deserve to stay with their loved ones.”