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March 22, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives about the surge in the demand for citizenship and the American citizens stepping up to help immigrants apply. The Congressman held a day-long citizenship workshop in Chicago on March 11 at which 260 applications were completed. Such workshops have been a regular feature of his constituent services work since he was first elected in 1992, but what has changed is the engagement of people who are not immigrants who want to help immigrants get through the process. This has created a new opportunity for immigrants and natives to bond with each other by working together during the citizenship process. At the same time, some immigrants at risk of deportation are preparing for the worst.
March 20, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued the following statement today in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s announcement that they would begin publishing the “Declined Detainer Outcome Report,” a report designated by one of Trump’s executive orders to shame state and local police departments who do not routinely hold immigrant prisoners without a federal warrant. By enumerating crimes committed by immigrants who were not held in violation of the Fourth Amendment until federal authorities came to deport them, the Trump Administration hopes to further attack so-called “sanctuary cities” that draw a bright line between local public safety activities and federal deportation activities.
Washington, DC – Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives this morning in response to Tweets and comments by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) this week that caused a firestorm. The comments by King were widely seen as racists, xenophobic, inflammatory, and akin to White Nationalism – including King’s support for the explicitly White Nationalist (losing) campaign of Geert Wilders in parliamentary elections in the Netherlands. Rep. Gutiérrez said he understood why people like Steve King feel it is okay to say “hurtful, xenophobic things, calling essentially on black and brown people to join a race war,” and that is, “People like Representative King feel empowered; empowered by the presence of Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, and Jeff Sessions in the White House; empowered by a President who wants us all to fear Muslims, to fear Mexicans and frankly, to fear all Latinos, even my American grandson.”
March 13, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) led a delegation of about 22 advocates, attorneys, clergy, service providers and local and federal officials to meet with the Acting Regional ICE Director Glenn Trivline in Chicago to discuss deportation cases and the way ICE is conducting business under the Trump Administration. The Congressman and his colleagues made a series of demands, including reversing decisions to deport certain long-term immigrants with deep roots in the community. Unsatisfied by the response to these demands, the Illinois Congressman and a number of the others in the meeting decided to stay and are risking arrest until their demands are met.
March 9, 2017 Press Release
Today on the floor of the House of Representatives, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) discussed the overwhelmingly successful town hall event he held in the Avondale neighborhood of Chicago on Monday and offered lessons on what this says about the national resistance to the Trump Administration’s agenda. An estimated 1200 people packed the Logandale Middle School gym and auditorium for the 90-minute event, which was followed by an additional hour of Q&A with the Congressman in the parking lot. In his speech on the floor today, Rep. Gutiérrez said “there is a movement in the United States that is standing up to the fear, the racism, the lies and the divisiveness that comes from the President, his people and his Twitter account every single day.”
February 28, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) responded to President Trump’s call for greatly reduced legal immigration and a “merit-based” admissions system to reduce the legal immigration of low-skilled immigrants. The President also restated the lie that immigrants are a source of higher crime in the U.S. and that a wall will be an effective immigration or border security measure. The President also expressed his support for mass deportation of immigrants regardless of how long they have lived in the U.S. and how much they have contributed to this country. Rep. Gutiérrez represents the Fourth District of Illinois and sits on the House Judiciary Committee and is the Chairman of the Immigration Taskforce of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
February 23, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) announced today that his guest for the President’s address to a joint session of Congress on February 28 will be Ms. Fidaa Elaydi, a Chicago immigration attorney who works with a mostly Middle Eastern clientele – those most directly targeted by Trump’s Muslim Ban. Ms. Elaydi was born in the U.S. to parents who were refugees from Gaza in the Palestinian Territories.
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s series of executive actions related to immigration, immigrants and the border(s): "Trump's executive actions are more about sending a signal to his voters that the new President will act on fears of Muslims and Latinos rather than put forward actual, thoughtful security policy..."
January 25, 2017 Press Release
Washington, DC – Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s late night tweet about the City of Chicago. "When the President wants to work with states and localities on public policies to reduce gun-violence, he will find partners in cities like Chicago, but I think he’d rather spend his time on Twitter..."
January 17, 2017 Press Release
With Spanish (con traduccion a espanol): Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) got news late today that Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera was granted clemency by President Barack Obama today and it will take effect, unconditionally, in 120 days. Mr. López of Chicago has spent 35 years in federal prison for seditious conspiracy in conjunction with his role in the Puerto Rico independence movement, but was neither charged with nor convicted of any crime harming anyone. Congressman Gutiérrez, a Puerto Rican born in Chicago, has been fighting for Mr. López’s release for as long as he has been in the U.S. Congress (he was first elected in 1992).