April 27, 2017 Press Release
“Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump want more immigrants criminalized, felonized, and deported.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the House floor today about the campaign by Attorney General Sessions to criminalize, felonize, and deport immigrants. Through pronouncements and executive orders, the Attorney General and President Trump have labeled immigrants “Public Enemies Number 1” with new instructions to U.S. Attorney offices and with half of all federal prosecutions devoted to immigration-related offenses. But Americans aren't buying the wall, the demonization of immigrants, and the border characterized as "the sliver of land where we take a stand." No, Americans still embrace another, better poem about immigrants inscribed on the Statue of Liberty that says "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..."
April 26, 2017 Press Release
“It is not enough to stand up against the President’s wall. Democrats don’t endorse ideas like ramping up detention beds, border guards and building up the infrastructure of mass deportation.”
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement on the on-going omnibus budget negotiations. Rep. Gutiérrez is in his 13th term representing the Fourth District of Illinois. He is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and is the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. "I strongly oppose funding Trump’s anti-immigration agenda and executive orders and I have been sharing my objections with my colleagues."
April 19, 2017 Press Release
“We do not know all the facts at this point, but it sounds like Juan’s initial deportation was coercive and was an unacceptable curtailing of his due process rights.”
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement in response to the news that Juan Manuel Montes, a DREAMer with DACA, had been deported by agents from the Department of Homeland Security in February. " If you came to this country when you were a young child and have DACA, then the United States is your home and you should not be deported..."
April 12, 2017 Press Release
EPA Extends Energy Answers’ permit for 5 more months
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) learned that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted a highly unusual and suspect second extension to Energy Answers of their Prevention of Significant Deterioration of Air Quality (PSD) permit that would allow the company to move forward in the construction of a waste-to-energy incinerator in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. It was extended contrary to the EPA’s own guidance to not extend a PSD permit without commencement of construction on the proposed site by the deadline of April 10, 2017. As reported yesterday and previously, Rep. Gutiérrez called on the EPA not to extend the permit.
April 10 Groundbreaking Deadline is Today
April 5, 2017 Press Release
“This will be a day for all Americans to demonstrate our resistance to the mass deportation, mass discrimination, and mass deception policies of our President.”
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Luis V.
March 31, 2017 Press Release
April 10 Groundbreaking Deadline Approaches
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) released two letters related to the proposed solid waste incinerator project in Arecibo, Puerto Rico: one a letter from the Congressman to the Acting Regional Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Region 2; and the response back to the Congressman. The purposed waste-to-energy incinerator in Arecibo, Puerto Rico has been criticized for several reasons, including its major impact on public health, the environment, its minimal impact generating energy, little economic contribution, and the manner in which the project has been imposed on the local population.
March 29, 2017 Press Release
“The circumstances of this enforcement action should be brought into the light of day. My constituents deserve to know whether they are safe in their own homes under this President.”
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 29, 2017 Press Release
“Water is wet, dogs have four legs and President Trump tells lies. There may be exceptions, but basically, all three are truthful statements. Unless we are outlawing the truth in Congress.”
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the floor of the House about the words of President Trump and when it is acceptable under House Rules to repeat them. Yesterday in the Immigration Subcommittee, Rep. Gutiérrez was reprimanded by Chairman Rep. F James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) for saying that Donald Trump had said that Mexicans are criminals and rapists. But the President said those things and Rep. Gutiérrez was simply repeating the President’s words. So the Congressman from Illinois came to the floor to deliver a rather sarcastic speech about when it is and is not acceptable to repeat the words of the President in the House of Representatives.
March 27, 2017 Press Release
"Congress needs to act quickly over the purse strings so that the Trump Administration cannot damage public safety..."
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.