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Press Release from Mayor of Chicago: Surpassing its first year goals, the City pledges an additional $1.3 million to support continued legal services for immigrants and refugees in 2018 Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Congressman Luis Gutierrez today joined more than 100 elected officials, community leaders and volunteers to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Chicago Legal Protection Fund. The Fund was established to assist thousands of immigrants and refugees in the City who were threatened with deportation in the post-election era.
October 5, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) released a statement in response to the news that the Consumer Finance Protection Board (CFPB) issued a new rule designed to protect consumers from the predatory practices of payday and car title lenders.
August 28, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) released a statement reacting to the news that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner had signed two important bills into law. One bill, known as the Trust Act (SB 31), strengthens the statewide firewall between federal immigration and deportation issues and the enforcement of law by state and local police, thereby enhancing public safety. The other bill provides for automatic voter registration for eligible voters in Illinois.
WASHINGTON—Fifty-three members of the United States House and Senate are calling out Attorney General Jeff Sessions for holding critical violence prevention funds used by American cities hostage to the Trump Administration’s extreme immigration agenda. The Department of Justice has placed new and onerous conditions on local law enforcement’s access to federal funding through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne-JAG) program, forcing cities to choose between redirecting already scarce resources from local policing efforts to enforcing federal immigration laws. The lawmakers are demanding an explanation, including the statutory authority for the Department’s new conditions, which will hurt the ability of local governments to fight violent crime in their communities. “These conditions are an unwarranted, coercive effort to leverage communities’ longstanding reliance on Byrne-JAG funds in furtherance of the Trump Administration’s mass-deportation agenda. By forcing local law enforcement to choose between redirecting resources from policing efforts to immigration enforcement or else sacrificing violence prevention funds that the Justice Department itself has described as “critical” and “necessary,” these new Byrne-JAG conditions will undermine the ability of local law enforcement agencies to combat gun violence in communities like Chicago and Baltimore,” the lawmakers wrote.
El jueves, Oscar López Rivera hará un regreso histórico a Chicago acompañado por l Congresista Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) y su esposa Soraida. Después de pasar 35 años en prisión y tres meses bajo arresto domiciliario en la casa de su hija en Puerto Rico, López Rivera, el célebre prisionero político puertorriqueño ahora está libre para viajar y hará un regreso triunfal a Chicago, donde una calle será nombrada en su honor y donde un evento comunitario se llevará a cabo en el Centro Cultural Puertorriqueño. // On Thursday, Oscar López Rivera will make a historic return to Chicago escorted by Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) and his wife Soraida. After 35 years in prison and three months confined to his daughter’s home in Puerto Rico, López Rivera, the celebrated Puerto Rican political prisoner is now free to travel and will make a triumphant return to Chicago where a street is being renamed for him and where a community event will be held at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center.
May 3, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the House floor to make his thoughts on the omnibus budget agreement clear: he will not support it because, despite not funding the “the President’s ‘tremendous’ border wall,” the bill still contains more than $1.2 billion for deportations. It also short-changes funding for health care in Puerto Rico, he said. “I will not be voting for the omnibus bill because I do not believe that it is okay to slip another billion here or there into the budget to break up families, put moms and dads in detention, or send DREAMers out of the only country they know.”
April 5, 2017 Press Release
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Luis V.
March 29, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) said he is calling for a full and fair investigation that includes the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties into the circumstances surrounding the shooting of a 53-year-old Legal Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder) in Chicago early Monday morning. The Congressman made inquiries with ICE headquarters in Washington and with the ICE Regional Headquarters in Chicago but has received very little information other than press statements that the incident is being looked at by the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility.
March 27, 2017 Press Release
Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, CHC Immigration Task Force Chair Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, and 18 members of the CHC sent a letter calling on the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee. The signers ask the Appropriation’s leaders to reject the President’s proposed FY2017 supplemental budget request for an additional $3 billion to implement his executive orders on border security and interior immigration enforcement.
March 24, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued the following statement after Republicans pulled the Trumpcare health care reform bill from the House floor: “Republicans could not even agree on how cruel they should be to the American people and how generous they would be to billionaires. So they surrendered before they were actually defeated on the House floor."