January 10, 2018 Press Release
Reps. Grijalva, Espaillat and Gutiérrez force unscheduled floor votes for adjournment
On Wednesday, three Members of Congress took the unusual step of calling for the House’s adjournment in order to focus attention on the need for the DREAM Act to protect immigrants. In succession, after delivering one-minute speeches in accordance with House procedures, Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) and Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) interrupted scheduled legislative business on the House floor by calling for a recorded vote on whether the House of Representatives should adjourn, thus forcing Members to come to the floor for an unscheduled vote. The Members said they took this action to demonstrate the urgency with which the Congress must address the immigration status of Dreamers, those who arrived in the U.S. as children but have lived here for years and have no way to get legal immigration status. “The President gave the Congress a deadline to pass legislation to protect the Dreamers and we take that deadline very seriously and think our colleagues should too,” said Rep. Gutiérrez.
January 8, 2018 Press Release
“What will Trump and Miller extract from the American people to protect TPS holders? A moat with alligators?”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued the following statement in reaction to the news that the Trump Administration is ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an estimated 200,000 immigrants from El Salvador. The President has previously terminated protections from deportation and work documents for those with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and others with TPS, including Haitians and Nicaraguans. More than a million immigrants who live and work under the protection of American laws will lose that protection in the coming months. "Once again, Donald Trump is turning immigrants who have lived and worked within the laws of the U.S. for a generation into undocumented immigrants..."
December 21, 2017 Press Release
“I cannot support a bill that claims to help Puerto Rico but actually shortchanges them, again.”
Today in the House of Representatives, the next installment of hurricane relief funding for Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands along with relief for the California wildfires, is expected to be brought to the House floor for a vote. Given that the partisan package is wholly inadequate to respond to the severity of the disaster and crisis in Puerto Rico, Rep Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) announced he plans to vote against the measure.
“…you should be prepared to call the Committee back to Washington if and when this President attempts to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation by removing the Special Counsel…”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) delivered a letter to Ranking Member Jerold Nadler (D-NY), the newly-elected Ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, to be prepared to call the Committee back to Washington for immediate investigation and possible impeachment proceedings if the President fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller over the Christmas recess. The letter congratulates Rep. Nadler on his new position and expresses Rep. Gutiérrez’s concern that the President may use the absence of the Congress in Washington over the holidays to obstruct justice in matters related to Mueller’s investigation into Trump family, Trump campaign, and Trump White House ties to Russian meddling in U.S. elections. In his letter, Rep. Gutiérrez writes: "Before we leave for Christmas, I want to be very clear that as the Ranking Member, you should be prepared to call the Committee back to Washington if and when this President attempts to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation by removing the Special Counsel from his post during this holiday season. Every Democrat on the Judiciary Committee should be ready to launch an immediate investigation into obstruction of justice if the President takes this action over the holidays and be prepared to fight to impeach him."
“We have a man in the presidency who has a very difficult relationship with the truth.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) used his question and answer period during today’s House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to ask about sexual assault allegations against the President of the United States. The Congressman said: "I believe these women. In fact, I would say without hesitation whenever it is a case of his word against her word, I generally give her word a lot more weight.” He continued: "And when the ‘him’ in question is Donald Trump, there really should be no further discussion because, as everybody regardless of their political affiliations or partisanship can clearly see, we have a man in the presidency who has a very difficult relationship with the truth. In this case we have women who were made to feel powerless and insignificant, who at great personal cost and risk, have come forward. And I believe them. I do."
December 13, 2017 Press Release
“Republicans—even the brave ones who have said they are for solving the plight of the DACA kids—must do more than write a letter or whisper quietly in the halls that they hope something happens.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) delivered a speech on the House floor this morning calling for a vote on the DREAM Act (HR 3440), which would allow immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children to apply for permanent legal status. His speech focused on the 122 DACA recipients (those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) who lose their status every day – and will continue to lose their status until the program shuts down completely in March. To emphasize his point, the Congressman had a poster with the message “122 #DREAMACTNOW” and the Congressman, like many DREAM Act supporters in Congress, is wearing a matching orange button. However, he was asked to remove the button before his remarks began. [The Congressman was also briefly misidentified by the Presiding Officer, who incorrectly recognized “the gentleman from Alabama” to speak. To which, the Congressman retorted, “Today, I’d like to be from Alabama today, but I’m not.]
December 6, 2017 Press Release
“The votes are here, the legislation is here, the American people are already in support, so Mr. Speaker, at some point, Republican leadership should just get out of the way and let America vote. That is what leadership, compromise, and bipartisanship look like.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) delivered a speech on the House floor this morning calling for a vote on the DREAM Act (HR 3440), which would allow immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children to apply for permanent legal status. Later today, the Congressman will speak at a massive rally in Upper Senate Park to advocates who are gathering to send the same message: Pass the DREAM Act now. Yesterday, 34 House Republicans wrote Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to ask him to allow a vote on legislation to protect DREAMers and those with DACA before the end of the year. Rep. Gutiérrez says “You take the 34 Republicans that wrote the Speaker and add them to 194 of my Democrats and you are comfortably in the majority and the DREAM Act passes.” Before the end of this week, a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government past the midnight deadline for funding on Friday will be voted on and Rep. Gutiérrez and others are calling for the inclusion of the DREAM Act on this must-pass legislation, because DREAMers with DACA are already losing their protection from deportation. “Every day that Congress does not pass the DREAM Act, 122 DACA recipients lose their protection from deportation,” the Congressman said in his floor speech.
Press Release from Mayor of Chicago: Surpassing its first year goals, the City pledges an additional $1.3 million to support continued legal services for immigrants and refugees in 2018
Press Release from Mayor of Chicago: Surpassing its first year goals, the City pledges an additional $1.3 million to support continued legal services for immigrants and refugees in 2018 Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Congressman Luis Gutierrez today joined more than 100 elected officials, community leaders and volunteers to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Chicago Legal Protection Fund. The Fund was established to assist thousands of immigrants and refugees in the City who were threatened with deportation in the post-election era.
November 21, 2017 Press Release
“Like everything associated with this President, this is a short-sighted, self-inflicted wound – an unforced error that harms the United States and our standing in the world.”
Washington, D.C. – Rep Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) says the decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians is a great injustice coming just as Americans are celebrating a season of generosity and good tidings.
Washington, DC – Congressman José E. Serrano, Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez, and Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez, co-chairs of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Task Force on Puerto Rico, today released the following statement in response to reports that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) would submit a disaster supplemental request of $44 billion to help hurricane affected areas, including Puerto Rico: “Once again the Trump Administration has proven it lacks the will to help Puerto Rico in a comprehensive manner. Puerto Rico is facing a serious humanitarian and economic crisis, and now more than ever the American citizens on the island need our help. This supplemental request fails to provide sufficient funding to help Puerto Rico address immediate needs and set itself on the road to recovery. We also understand that it fails to provide a solution to the potentially devastating Medicaid cliff that is currently facing Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Moving forward without significant changes will only hinder the Puerto Rican government’s capacity to address the situation on the ground and will contribute to further suffering on the island. We will work with our colleagues in Congress to increase funds in the supplemental and help ensure Puerto Rico and its 3.4 million American citizens have the necessary aid to face this crisis head on. While we understand that OMB plans further supplemental appropriations requests, we believe that more must be done now,” said the co-chairs of the CHC Task Force on Puerto Rico.