Washington, DC – Today, in a letter to President Obama, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) called for Temporary Protected Status for Ecuadorians living in the United States as Ecuador recovers from a devastating April 16 earthquake. Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, is extended to nations facing severe crisis from natural disasters and conflict and is designated by the President without the need for approval from Congress. In his letter to the President, Rep. Gutiérrez cited the many Chicagoans and other Americans he has met in recent days who are concerned for loved ones in Ecuador and who have asked him to lead the effort to secure TPS for Ecuadorians. TPS, if granted, would protect certain Ecuadorian nationals in the United States from deportation and allow for their continued support for the country through remittances.
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) reacted to news that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will announce that a portrait of Harriet Tubman will adorn the U.S. $20 bill. POLITICO reports that Secretary Lew will also announce that Alexander Hamilton, the only immigrant on U.S. money, will remain on the face of the $10 bill.