July 26, 2018
Lawmakers ask Amazon to answer questions about privacy, civil rights implications of sale of facial recognition technology to the police
Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Representatives Luis Gutiérrez (IL-04) and Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) today questioned Amazon about the sale of its facial recognition technology, “Rekognition,” to law enforcement. In their letter, the lawmakers noted a study that found more than 117 million American adults are in facial recognition databases that can be searched in criminal investigations. This figure reveals just how broadly American privacy and civil rights are implicated by the proliferation of facial recognition technology. Senator Markey and Representatives Gutiérrez and DeSaulnier sent their letter after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released a report showing that Amazon Rekognition had misidentified 28 members of Congress in a set of public arrest photos, including the lawmakers. Amazon employees, Amazon shareholders, and a coalition of nearly seventy civil rights organizations had all recently called on Amazon to halt the sale of its facial recognition technology to law enforcement.
July 23, 2018
Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., rallied 143 other members of Congress to demand immigration detention facilities immediately end their practice of charging migrant parents as much as $8 per minute to speak with their children by telephone. More than 2,400 migrant parents have been separated from their children under the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy.
July 18, 2018
“Russia is not a government to be condoned, it is a government to be contained and yet, our President was unable to be critical of the dictator of our greatest rival in public…and God knows what he did in private.”
Today on the House floor, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) renewed his call for President Trump’s impeachment saying that the President’s decision to take Russian President Vladimir Putin’s side at the Helsinki summit was “nothing short of treasonous.” In a scathing speech, the 13-term Illinois Congressman, who was among the first to sign on to Articles of Impeachment introduced in November 2017, said, “The President has proven himself unable to separate his own personal interests from his current job as leader of the free world...” and went on to say to his House colleagues, “As a body, we must take action to relieve the President of his duties.”
July 10, 2018
“I understand this incident on a gut level because almost exactly the same thing happened to me...”
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) wrote to the Acting Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice demanding DOJ investigate an incident that took place last month in a Cook County, IL park, which was captured on a video that has gone viral. The incident concerns a man who verbally and physically intimidates a woman, who is wearing a t-shirt with the Puerto Rican flag, while an officer with the Forest Preserve of Cook County looks on, avoiding responding to the man and offering no help to the woman who was being harassed.
July 9, 2018
“The Governor ought to be ashamed of himself if he has any involvement with this ugly business that makes money from human misery and profits from laws designed to fill the beds of for-profit prisons.”
Washington, DC – Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement reacting to the news that Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner profits from the detention of immigrants, including from facilities that hold immigrant families and children. Rep.
June 26, 2018
“The soundbite that Republicans oppose illegal immigration but support legal immigration is a complete and utter lie at this point. What used to be a fringe policy position is now a mainstream GOP position and is out-of-step with the American people.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement reacting to the Supreme Court’s ruling today that President Trump’s revised, rewritten and re-revised Muslim Ban is legal. Rep. Gutiérrez is the Dean of the Illinois delegation and a thirteen-term Member of Congress from Chicago. He is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. "This is a sad day for the rule of law and the country. It has been clear from the beginning that President Trump wants fewer legal immigrants – especially people of color – and to many Americans like me, the racism that is driving this policy is self-evident..."
June 21, 2018
“Covering Trump’s rear-end from all the lies, the deceit and the soullessness is no longer sustainable.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke during the debate of Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte’s harsh anti-immigration bill, H.R. 4760 today on the floor of the House of Representatives. The following are his remarks as prepared for delivery. "Speaker Ryan and Chairman Goodlatte are not bad people. They are both decent men of faith who have been put in the position of defending policies that are cruel, inhumane, and run deeply contrary to the will of the American people and the values of their faith and country. This must be morally wrenching for them, but honestly, I have little sympathy. Each has made a devil’s bargain to trade their reputations for Stephen Miller’s agenda and Donald Trump’s name."
June 21, 2018
“Being as mean and heartless to Central Americans fleeing for their lives is not an immigration control or border security strategy, but purely a political strategy to get Trump’s voters to the polls.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement reacting to President Trump’s weeks of lying about his family separation policy and the President’s decision to hold migrant children and their parents indefinitely in the same jails after issuing an executive order on Wednesday. "The President continues to use children as political hostages for his Election Day 2018 campaign strategy to motivate his most passionately anti-immigrant supporters. Being as mean and heartless to Central Americans fleeing for their lives is not an immigration control or border security strategy, but purely a political strategy to get Trump’s voters to the polls."
June 20, 2018
Press Release from the Democratic Caucus
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, House Democrats joined immigration advocates and children to demand that the Trump administration immediately end their inhumane policy of separate families separating families at the border. Moments before the press conference, House Democrats took over the House of Representatives floor to condemn this cruel policy.
June 14, 2018
“Sleeping with an adult film star and then paying thousands of dollars to keep it quiet, that is a 'private matter' to be worked out between attorneys. Fleeing death and violence, rape and torture, that’s a public matter. And our leaders should know better.”
Fresh off of yesterday’s demonstration at Customs and Border Patrol headquarters in Washington, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) was back on the floor of the House of Representatives speaking about the Trump Administration’s policy to separate children from their parents at the border. He described yesterday’s action and went on to denounce Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ new policy of denying claims of asylum related to domestic violence or being targeted by organized crime. He said that when Sessions announced the new policy on Monday, he “had one of the most stunning ‘new-speak’ 1984, mind-control moments we have ever heard” when he said that violence by a man against a woman was a “private matter.” "Rape and abuse, that’s just a private matter between a man and a woman according to the chief law enforcement officer of our country. That’s just a private matter between a man and a woman; between the family and the gang of terrorists they are facing."