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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.
February 7, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the House floor this morning during the Morning Hour (approximately 10:00 am ET) to speak out against the President’s ban on travel for certain Muslim-majority countries and the cessation of the worldwide refugee program. He noted the American commercial brands – advertisers like Budweiser and 84 Lumber – who used air time during the Super Bowl to push back on the President’s attacks on immigrants and immigration. He also noted the efforts by Coca-Cola, Starbuck’s and other large American corporations to stand up to the President’s divisive Muslim ban and related policies.
January 26, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez issued the following statement in response to the cancellation of Mexican President Peña-Nieto’s U.S. trip and President Trump’s announcement that Mexican products would be taxed an additional 20% in order to pay for the border wall. "Ironically, Trump’s great border wall will actually be a new Great Wall of China, because it is going to push Mexico towards trade and commerce with China."
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.
January 10, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) took to the House floor this morning to explain why he is not going to attend the inaugural ceremonies on January 20. “The reason I am not going is that I cannot bring myself to justify morally or intellectually the immense power we are placing in that man’s hands,” he said of Donald Trump (standing before a picture of the President-elect). Rep. Gutiérrez said he would join his wife Soraida in participating in the Women’s March on January 21 in Washington. Rep. Gutiérrez spoke during the morning hour in Congress (approximately 10 am ET), which was carried live on C-SPAN.
March 2, 2015 Press Release
This article, written by Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL), originally appeared at The Huffington Post on March 2, 2015 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-luis-gutierrez/why-i-wont-be-at-benjamin-netanyahu_b_6787936.html): After consulting with my colleagues, my staff, my family, and my conscience, I will regretfully not be attending the address by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the House Chamber on Tuesday. I do not expect this absence will be much noted or will change the course of history in any significant way, but it is important to me to be clear about why I feel my presence would send the wrong message. I will not attend Tuesday’s speech precisely because I am a strong supporter of the State of Israel and the Israeli people. I do not want to participate in a political stunt that may have short-term payoffs for partisanship and the conservative parties in both Israel and the United States at the expense of long-term damage to one of the most important international relationships the United States has — and the most important international relationship the Israelis have.