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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 Rashid, a Chicago immigration attorney who works with a mostly Middle Eastern clientele – those most directly targeted by Trump’s Muslim Ban. Ms. Rashid 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).
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the floor of the House on Tuesday, January 10, just as he does once or twice a week when Congress is in session. But this speech, about why he will not attend the inauguration of Donald Trump and will attend the Women’s March on January 21, has taken on a life of its own. The video of his speech on Facebook has been viewed more than 6.1 million times, with 105,000 “shares,” 544,000 total reactions (likes, comments, etc.) and almost 68,000 comments. The Congressman’s office has received calls from as far away as Australia from Americans and others who support his family’s decision to attend the Women’s March instead of the inaugural ceremonies.
June 29, 2016 Press Release
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued the following statement in reaction to the advancement and likely passage of the PROMESA Bill to address Puerto Rico’s debt crisis and establish a federal fiscal control board or Junta de Control Fiscal. The same bill passed the House earlier this month and is expected to be signed by the President before July 1 when a debt payment by Puerto Rico to bondholders is due. “The Senate was held hostage by a false deadline based on when bondholders expect to be paid, which is more evidence that this process is driven by Wall Street’s demands, not by the legitimate needs of the Puerto Rican people to keep schools open, hospitals staffed, and first responders at work protecting the people...."
April 21, 2016 Press Release
A year ago, Rep. Gutiérrez introduced the “Put a Woman on the Twenty Act of 2015” (H.R. 1910) to urge the Secretary of the Treasury to put a woman’s portrait on American money. After first announcing in 2015 that the ten dollar bill would be changed to include a woman or women, Secretary Jack Lew announced yesterday that Alexander Hamilton would remain on the $10 note, but abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman would grace the $20 note when it is redesigned. Also about a year ago, Rep. Gutiérrez gave a speech in Congress about why he thinks Harriet Tubman would be an excellent choice to replace President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. She had just won an on-line poll in which 600,000 people had cast votes as part of the “Women on 20s“ campaign. What follows is adapted from his speech in Congress on May 20, 2015 (this article originally appeared at The Huffington Post on April 21, 2016 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-luis-gutierrez/tubman-selection-is-right_b_9752224.html):
June 14, 2015 In The News
CHICAGO READER: These Illinois elected officials tried to ban assault rifles like the one used by Omar Mateen
Posted By Deanna Isaacs on 06.14.16 at 02:41 PM
Omar Mateen used an AR-15 that he purchased legally when he killed 49 people in an Orlando nightclub over the weekend.