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Congressman Luis Gutierrez

Representing the 4th District of Illinois

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February 23, 2017 Press Release
Activist and Immigration Attorney Works with Clients Targeted by Trump’s Muslim Ban
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 22, 2017 Press Release
“President Bannon and his spokesman Donald Trump will weaken the country and make our borders and cities less safe.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement in response to measures taken by the Trump Administration that threatens to implement the most sweeping increase in deportations in sixty years. The Trump Administration has made almost every single undocumented immigrant the highest priority for deportation, vowed to undermine border security and community safety in several ways, and is taking actions to strip American residents and workers of basic due process and Constitutional rights. The following is a statement from Rep. Gutiérrez who is beginning his 13th term representing the Fourth District of Illinois, is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and is the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
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February 16, 2017 Press Release
“Speaker Ryan is not an emperor and does not control who I meet with.”
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement in response to being excluded from a meeting in the U.S. Capitol with Acting Director Thomas Homan of ICE. Rep. Gutiérrez was asked to leave the meeting by staffers for Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) at the request of Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Speaker Ryan. Several other Members were excluded from the meeting with the ICE official, including Reps. Nanette Barragán (D-CA), Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Lou Correa (D-CA), Ruben Kihuen (D-NV), Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Norma Torres (D-CA), and Juan Vargas (D-CA). Rep. Gutiérrez was among the Members who requested the meeting with the Acting ICE Director in a letter on February 11. A meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and other Democrats in the House was cancelled at the last minute by ICE. It was rescheduled to today and turned into a Republican-led meeting run by Chairman Goodlatte and was apparently made invitation-only. Members were told by Chairman Goodltte at the meeting that any further meetings with ICE officials would have to be cleared by the Republican Judiciary Committee Chairman. The following is a statement by Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez:
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February 16, 2017 Press Release
“Mi proyecto propone la libre asociación y la independencia. Eso es lo que proponen los puertorriqueñistas.” [With English Translation]

Washington, DC – Hoy, el congresista Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) habló de su proyecto de ley HR 900 en el hemiciclo del Congreso de los Estados Unidos.  En su discurso, él hablo del debate entre los asimilistas quien favorecen la estadidad y los Puertorriqueñistas que quieren un debate sobre todas las opciones: libre asociación y independencia.

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February 15, 2017 Press Release
“If House leaders are not willing to use their gavel and do their job to protect the American people and the rule of law, something is seriously wrong."
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement in response to news that an individual with a work permit and deferred action granted under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative was arrested in Seattle, Washington. Daniel Ramirez Medina is still being held by immigration authorities at last report.
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February 10, 2017 Press Release
“The President is lying when he says deporting immigrants is about fighting crime.”
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement in response to news that immigration enforcement operations have been stepped up around the country including home and workplace raids. Reports from news media, attorneys and advocates in California, Arizona, Texas, North Carolina, Georgia and other states indicate a new initiative is underway. This could be a return to the failed raids and round-ups strategies of previous presidents, but based on reports (because official sources have not been forthcoming), it goes beyond targeting serious criminals who could pose a threat to public safety.
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February 8, 2017 Press Release
Letter signed by 62 House Dems asks Speaker “to condemn these un-American and downright dangerous actions.”
This week, Representatives Adriano Espaillat (D-NY-13) and Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL-04) led 62 House Democrats in sending a joint letter to Speaker Paul Ryan urging him to reverse course and take a stand against the implementation of President Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban executive order.
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February 7, 2017 Press Release
“Tengamos un proceso justo e honesto y dejemos que la gente puertorriqueña decida. Dejemos que la gente puertorriqueña decida si ahora es el momento para nuestra Declaración de Independencia”
Hoy, el Representante Luis V. Gutiérrez (IL-04) presento un proyecto de ley (HR 900) que inicia el proceso para terminar el control del Congreso sobre Puerto Rico y el actual estatus territorial que fue rechazado por votantes en el 2012. “La soberanía siempre ha sido una opción para el futuro estatus de Puerto Rico, pero no hemos dejado que la gente Puertorriqueña se someta a una consideración amplia, un debate y a un voto para elegir la independencia o la libre asociación. Este proyecto de ley representa el comienzo de ese proceso."
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February 7, 2017 Press Release
“I am not handing over my money to people or companies that take that money and invest in hate; invest in bigotry; invest in discrimination; that destroy the reputation and the image of the United States.”
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.
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February 7, 2017 Press Release
“Let’s have a fair and honest process and let the Puerto Rican people decide. Let the Puerto Rican people decide if now is the time for our Declaration of Independence.”
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) introduced a bill (HR 900) that starts the process to end Congress’ control of Puerto Rico and its current territorial status which was rejected by voters in 2012. The legislation calls for a referendum where the Puerto Rican people determine the Island’s future political status by choosing between full independence or a compact of free association with the U.S. “Sovereignty has always been on the table as an option for the future status of Puerto Rico, but we have failed to allow the Puerto Rican people a full examination, debate and up-or-down vote on independence or free association. This bill represents the beginning of that process."
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