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.
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I am proud to serve as the Chairman of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and I have previously also served on the Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration and as the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Democratic Caucus.
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Supporting the rights of workers has been one of my commitments since I first ran for elected office.
As one of the Puerto Rican members of Congress and a representative of the Puerto Rican community in Illinois' 4th Congressional District, Congressman Gutierrez closely follows issues affecting the island of Puerto Rico.
On April 6, 2011, I sent Freedom of Information Act requests to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Environmental Protection Agency for any and all information related to the Via Verde or Gasoducto project in Puerto Rico.