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Congressman Luis Gutierrez

Representing the 4th District of Illinois

Press Releases

May 17, 2017 Press Release
“Oscar es un patriota y un héroe para todos los puertorriqueños en todo el mundo y su regreso a Chicago es un evento que he estado trabajando toda mi carrera para alcanzar.”
El jueves, Oscar López Rivera hará un regreso histórico a Chicago acompañado por l Congresista Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) y su esposa Soraida. Después de pasar 35 años en prisión y tres meses bajo arresto domiciliario en la casa de su hija en Puerto Rico, López Rivera, el célebre prisionero político puertorriqueño ahora está libre para viajar y hará un regreso triunfal a Chicago, donde una calle será nombrada en su honor y donde un evento comunitario se llevará a cabo en el Centro Cultural Puertorriqueño. // On Thursday, Oscar López Rivera will make a historic return to Chicago escorted by Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) and his wife Soraida. After 35 years in prison and three months confined to his daughter’s home in Puerto Rico, López Rivera, the celebrated Puerto Rican political prisoner is now free to travel and will make a triumphant return to Chicago where a street is being renamed for him and where a community event will be held at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center.
May 11, 2017 Press Release
“He is an enemy of American democracy who acts as if he believes that too many American citizens vote and that something must be done to stop them.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement reacting to news that President Donald Trump appointed anti-immigration leader Kris Kobach to a new commission on voter-fraud, stemming from the President’s sustained and outrageous campaign of lying about massive voter fraud in the 2016 election. Kobach, known as the “Lawyer for America’s Nativist Movement,” is the disgraced former Kansas Secretary of State who has made a career attacking immigrants and immigration and promoting conspiracy theories about voter fraud, especially targeting immigrant and Latino voters.
May 9, 2017 Press Release
“This is a dark day in American democracy.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez issued a statement reacting to the news today that President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, saying "We will look back on this day as the day the Trump cover-up began – and began to unravel. President Trump is up to no good firing Comey, which is why we need a special prosecutor to investigate Trump, the campaign, and White House ties to Russia."
May 9, 2017 Press Release
“This legislation says to farm workers that we value your contributions and see you as legitimate and our laws ought to reflect that.”
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) participated in a teleconference with reporters discussing the new Agricultural Worker Program Act, legislation that he will introduce shortly in the House of Representatives to legalize farm workers in the United States. The legislation would allow those who have worked in U.S. agriculture to apply for a “Blue Card,” granting them a kind of temporary legal immigration status that could eventually lead to a Green Card (permanent residency) if the conditions of the program are met and the worker meets eligibility criteria.
May 4, 2017 Press Release
“Attacking Pearl Harbor, firing on Fort Sumter and invading Iraq looked like good ideas to the perpetrators at the time.”
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement reacting to the passage of Trumpcare in the House by a vote of 217-213. Rep. Gutiérrez voted against the bill, as he had previously indicated on Twitter and elsewhere. “Watching Republicans celebrate as they stripped health care coverage from millions of Americans was angering. Taking political retribution against Obama is one thing, but what Republicans are doing is snatching health care coverage from sick people, families and the elderly to make a political point."
May 3, 2017 Press Release
“The bankruptcy provisions will require the bondholders to pay at least a small price for plundering and profiting off of Puerto Rico and its municipal bond market”
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement reacting to the news that the Governor of Puerto Rico announced he will seek bankruptcy protection under Title III of the PROMESA law that established the Financial Control Board over Puerto Rico. "It’s about time the Governor called on the Financial Control Board to initiate the bankruptcy process under Title III of PROMESA."
May 3, 2017 Press Release
“As long as we are short-changing health care in Puerto Rico and subsidizing the deportation of families in Chicago, you will not have my vote.”
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the House floor to make his thoughts on the omnibus budget agreement clear: he will not support it because, despite not funding the “the President’s ‘tremendous’ border wall,” the bill still contains more than $1.2 billion for deportations. It also short-changes funding for health care in Puerto Rico, he said. “I will not be voting for the omnibus bill because I do not believe that it is okay to slip another billion here or there into the budget to break up families, put moms and dads in detention, or send DREAMers out of the only country they know.”
May 1, 2017 Press Release
“The more Trump attacks and dehumanizes immigrants – which he does almost every day – the more the American people see the humanity of our immigrant brothers and sisters, their vulnerability, and the contributions they make.”
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement on the 200-plus pro-immigrant and labor events taking place around the country today and on his thoughts on the budget deal announced to fund the government through September. Rep. Gutiérrez is scheduled to speak at the Washington, DC pro-immigrant event in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House. He will also be joining Democratic Leaders in both the House and Senate who will gather on the Capitol steps at 7:00 pm ET to show their support for the pro-immigrant message and movement around the country.
April 28, 2017 Press Release
“This is a deeply unpopular President…He has the reverse Midas touch in politics as in his business career.”
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement with his thoughts on the first 100 days of the Trump Administration. 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. "Trump has flip-flopped on NATO and he has backed down from labeling China a currency manipulator because he is now best friends with China’s President, but there is one thing he has been 100% consistent on from day 1 of his campaign to day 100 of his Presidency: demonizing and attacking Latinos."
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..."