Washington, DC – On Thursday, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke during the Morning Hour on the floor of the House of Representatives (approx. 10 am ET) to deliver “a simple message from the Puerto Rican people: Free Puerto Rico…so she can solve the problem of her crushing debt without being handcuffed by Congress, its distant and inattentive colonial master.” The Congressman said Washington must help chart a path forward so that “Puerto Rico is neither absolved of her obligations nor mortally wounded by them.”
Washington, DC – On Wednesday, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke during the Morning Hour on the floor of the House of Representatives (approx. 10 am ET) about Central American refugees and immigration raids carried out to round them up. On Thursday, the Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing assigning blame for the refugees fleeing Central America to President Obama, while at the same time, the Obama Administration is saying raids in Central American communities in the US have substantially slowed the influx of asylum seekers and refugees. Lost in the politics is any serious attempt to legislate, to do something about the broader issues that drive migration, that feed the black market, or that trigger raids on family homes and school children.
Washington, DC – On Tuesday, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement reacting to the news that the Supreme Court would take up Texas v. United States, the lawsuit and injunction preventing implementation of the President’s executive action on immigration. Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and an expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) – two components of President Obama’s application of prosecutorial discretion to potential deportees – lie in the balance. The decision by the Supreme Court to take up the case means the legal fight delaying implementation of the President’s actions should be resolved later this year. The following is a statement by Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), and Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) issued the following statement regarding refugee screening and resettlement for El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.
Today, Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) joined Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) to release a letter to President Obama signed by at least 145 Democrats in the House. The letter says in part, “We strongly condemn the Department of Homeland Security’s recent enforcement operation targeting refugee mothers and children from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.”
Washington, DC – On Wednesday, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement after voting against a Senate-passed, Republican-backed “reconciliation” bill that if signed into law would defund Planned Parenthood and revoke Obamacare. The President has vowed to veto the legislation.
Washington, DC – On Wednesday, standing on the floor of the House of Representatives, in front of the iconic AP photograph of the April 2000 immigration raid in the home where Elian Gonzalez was living, Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) denounced recent home invasion raids conducted by the Obama Administration and ICE targeting Central American families. Rep. Gutiérrez (D-IL) said “We do not want to repeat the scene from April 2000...That vision of terror is seared into America’s memory and should not be repeated.” But fear seems to be the point of the raids, the Congressman said.
Washington, DC – On Tuesday, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement about President Obama’s announcement of a series of executive actions related to curbing gun violence. Throughout his career, Rep. Gutiérrez has been an outspoken advocate for gun control measures, including commonsense registration and regulation initiatives like those proposed by the President. The Congressman has spoken about the toll that gun violence is taking on Chicago in two recent hearings of the Judiciary Committee (see: https://youtu.be/4UUjFAQ-QrE and https://youtu.be/CfNKhR9Tvys) and on the House floor (see: http://1.usa.gov/1f2RMDg). He supports targeted measures to ban or prevent the sale of particular guns that injure humans most often, including assault weapons (see: http://1.usa.gov/1YliuX7) and junk guns often used in crimes (see: http://1.usa.gov/1Z6g1FE).
Washington, DC – On Tuesday, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement about the news of hundreds of children and adults detained in special deportation raids by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) conducted in recent days. The raids have reportedly been conducted in multiple states, including Illinois, targeting Central American families who entered the country after May 2014. The Congressman has requested a meeting with Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and the Congressman and other Members of Congress will be seeking answers from the Obama Administration.
Washington, DC – On Friday, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) voted against passage of the omnibus government funding bill for 2016 saying it fell short of his expectations on a number of different fronts. He gave five specific reasons for his vote against the package. The following is a statement by Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez: