Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) announced Monday that he would bring Gabino Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant who is currently fighting deportation, as his guest to President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday. Gutierrez has been working for about a year to keep Sanchez in the United States.
Background from Monday's announcement:
Sanchez, of Ridgeland, SC, is a husband and father of two U.S. citizen children who entered the country when he was 15 years old and has been working and living peacefully in the U.S. ever since. Because he is undocumented, Mr. Sanchez has received multiple misdemeanor charges for driving without a license by local police over the past ten years.
The Congressman met Sanchez in November 2011 and pledged to help him fight deportation. The Congressman accompanied Sanchez to his first supervision appointment with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Charleston, S.C. to ask that his deportation case be closed and attended two subsequent hearings (March 12, and May 15, 2012) before an immigration judge in Charlotte, North Carolina