Gutiérrez on Paul Ryan and reports Trump will end DACA (w/ Spanish & English videos)
Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) called on Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) to immediately bring up legislation to protect immigrant youth from deportation and not load it up with poison pills. If reports are true and President Trump ends the DACA program with an announcement on Tuesday, then the House and Senate have very little time and a firm mandate to act to protect immigrants. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) allows immigrants who have lived in the United States for a minimum of ten years to apply for temporary relief from deportation, and if they are approved, allows them to work legally and requires them to renew their status every two years. According to a Politico report last night, the President intends to announce on Tuesday that the program will end in six months.
** See below for two video statements released by the Congressman today, one in English and another in Spanish. **
The following is a statement by Rep. Gutiérrez who represents the Fourth District of Illinois in and around Chicago, is a Member of the House Judiciary Committee, and is the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
Paul Ryan needs to do more than talk; he needs to take action to put legislation on the floor of the House that will protect immigrant youth from deportation if the President ends DACA as expected. Talking about bipartisanship in helping Hurricane Harvey victims and keeping the government open is important. It is all critical and the Speaker should give DACA recipients an equally elevated emergency status on his agenda for Congress.
Almost 800,000 young immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for more than a decade need to have action and the Speaker shouldn’t load up legislation with poison pills that could cost it the Democratic votes needed for success. These young immigrants are not bargaining chips or hostages.
Paul Ryan came to Chicago and joined me in 2013, just after he lost his bid for the vice-presidency and he was unequivocal in his support for legal status for immigrants. He was a co-sponsor of comprehensive immigration reform and legal status for DREAMers, so I know he knows what the right thing to do is. He needs to stand up to Donald Trump, stand up to Breitbart, and stand up to the opponents of immigration in his own Republican Conference to bring up a bill and let the House vote and let the majority rule.
Almost 800,000 immigrants are in limbo until Ryan and his Senate counterpart allow a vote. I am confident we have majorities in both houses of Congress who will vote to protect DACA recipients with the DREAM Act or one of the other bills, including two that I have introduced.
Rep. Gutiérrez also released two short videos today that were recorded at his home.
- SPANISH VIDEO: Un mensaje de Congresista Luis Gutiérrez sobre DACA: https://youtu.be/eVInjtsA6Qg
- ENGLISH VIDEO: A message from Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez on DACA: https://youtu.be/3bmWas2GgmE
Rep. Gutiérrez introduced the American Hope Act (HR 3591) in July 2016 to provide legal status and eventual citizenship for immigrant youth, a bill that now has 138 Democratic co-sponsors in the House. (press release: http://bit.ly/2h9vFkn)
He is the lead Democratic sponsor of the bipartisan BRIDGE Act (HR 496, Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy), introduced with Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) in January 2017, which has 25 co-sponsors (12 Republicans and 13 Democrats). It would extend the protections of DACA for three years to give Congress an opportunity to enact permanent legislation. (press releases: http://bit.ly/2jofbSI and http://bit.ly/2ilEMyy)
He is one of the most outspoken proponents of DACA and opponents of President Trump in Congress and was arrested as part of an act of civil disobedience at the White House at a pro-immigrant rally on August 15. (press release: http://bit.ly/2uMREA8)
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