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Congressman Luis Gutierrez

Representing the 4th District of Illinois

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August 28, 2017 Press Release
“They do many things wrong in Springfield, but at least Illinois policies are fact-based.”
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) released a statement reacting to the news that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner had signed two important bills into law. One bill, known as the Trust Act (SB 31), strengthens the statewide firewall between federal immigration and deportation issues and the enforcement of law by state and local police, thereby enhancing public safety. The other bill provides for automatic voter registration for eligible voters in Illinois.
August 25, 2017 Press Release
“Both men are not ashamed to use overt appeals to racism to glorify themselves and both are not ashamed of abusing public office if it enhances their personal brand.”
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) released a statement reacting to the news that President Trump had pardoned convicted Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. “It isn’t easy to find a convicted, notorious racist, but Trump found him and pardoned him. Sheriff Arpaio chose to ignore the law and judgements by federal courts. He chose to use race and ethnicity as a pretext to deprive people of their rights. He shredded the Constitution and became a celebrity for Fox News, white supremacists and the President. “Nobody believed the President when he said he would be the ‘Law and Order’ President and he has proven us all right. Joe Arpaio should serve a very, very long time for his crimes, but in him, Trump finds a kindred spirit. Both men are not ashamed to use overt appeals to racism to glorify themselves and both are not ashamed of abusing public office if it enhances their personal brand. This is a sad chapter even by the standards of the tragic saga of Trump.”
August 24, 2017 Press Release
Justice Department admits new “sanctuary cities” policy will impose additional costs on local law enforcement
WASHINGTON—Fifty-three members of the United States House and Senate are calling out Attorney General Jeff Sessions for holding critical violence prevention funds used by American cities hostage to the Trump Administration’s extreme immigration agenda. The Department of Justice has placed new and onerous conditions on local law enforcement’s access to federal funding through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne-JAG) program, forcing cities to choose between redirecting already scarce resources from local policing efforts to enforcing federal immigration laws. The lawmakers are demanding an explanation, including the statutory authority for the Department’s new conditions, which will hurt the ability of local governments to fight violent crime in their communities. “These conditions are an unwarranted, coercive effort to leverage communities’ longstanding reliance on Byrne-JAG funds in furtherance of the Trump Administration’s mass-deportation agenda. By forcing local law enforcement to choose between redirecting resources from policing efforts to immigration enforcement or else sacrificing violence prevention funds that the Justice Department itself has described as “critical” and “necessary,” these new Byrne-JAG conditions will undermine the ability of local law enforcement agencies to combat gun violence in communities like Chicago and Baltimore,” the lawmakers wrote.
August 15, 2017 Press Release
“While the President is coddling racist white supremacists because he is afraid to lose their votes, we took a stand today for justice.”

Washington, DC -- Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) was among approximately 25 people arrested in front of the White House at a rally and march to defend DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that began accepting applications five years ago today.  The rally, in Lafayette Park, turned into a march around the White House, and at the end, about 25 U.S.

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August 2, 2017 Press Release

“The modern Republican Party would erect barriers both physical and legal to admitting their own families… were they aspiring immigrants today.”

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July 28, 2017 Press Release
Over 110 Original Co-Sponsors Join Rep. Gutiérrez and Congressional Hispanic Caucus to Move Immigration Debate Forward
On Friday, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) introduced the American Hope Act of 2017, a bill to give those with DACA and others who arrived in the United States as children a path to permanent legal status and eventual citizenship. He was joined at a press conference in the Capitol by an impressive array of Democratic House leaders and his colleagues on the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Judiciary Committee who are among the 112 co-sponsors of the bill at the time of introduction. The bill, if enacted, gives immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before their 18th birthday and before December 31, 2016 an opportunity to apply for legal status if they meet certain requirements. If approved, they would receive a form of conditional legal status (Conditional Permanent Resident status or CPR) that would allow them to live and work here legally for three years and then they could apply for Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) status. For those who currently have DACA, the time in DACA counts towards time in CPR status so that they would move forward more quickly.
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July 26, 2017 Press Release
“If Fox, Breitbart and The Daily Stormer report something as true, it must be true.” Right?
On Wednesday morning, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the House floor about the controversy surrounding his remarks about President Trump at a meeting at a Chicago church on Saturday, July 22. Breitbart, the nationalist web publication associated with Trump Advisor Stephen Bannon, said that Rep. Gutiérrez said it was time to ‘eliminate’ Trump and bring him to his knees. The Washington Times, Fox News, and others ran stories based on Breitbart’s account and The Daily Stormer – which Rep. Gutiérrez described as the “the whipped cream on top of the White Nationalist/Neo-Nazi banana split” – ran with the headline “Subversive Beanman Luis Gutiérrez Calls for Trump’s Elimination.” So Congressman Gutiérrez went back to look at what he actually said this past Saturday, because, he said, “If Fox, Breitbart and The Daily Stormer report something as true, it must be true.” But, as it turns out, he didn’t threaten violence, threaten the President’s life or incite people to violence, as he detailed in his speech this morning.
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July 25, 2017 Press Release
“When you’re in Syria or Yemen, Central Africa or Central America – places where surviving day to day without being killed by gunmen, governments or gangs is not easy – extended, multi-generational families not only live together…they have to flee to safety together. But not if Donald Trump has his way, they don’t.”
On Tuesday, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke during Morning Business (the 10 am hour ET) on the House floor about President Trump and families. The Congressman, noted that President Trump was recently, and conveniently, interrupted by his granddaughter during an oval office interview with the New York Times about the Russia investigation that was not going so well, so the Congressman today, standing in front of a picture of himself with his grandson Luis Andres, pointed out lessons that Donald Trump should learn about parents, grandparents, children, refugees and immigrants...
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July 20, 2017 Press Release
“We will keep fighting in Congress, in the courts, and using every peaceful means available to us in our communities to stop the mass deportation of immigrants.”
On Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced a new version of the DREAM Act (an acronym for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors). The President has pledged, through a spokesperson, to fight this bipartisan legislation that would allow immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children to live and work here legally if they meet certain criteria. This happens as the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the program that provides temporary deportation relief for Dreamers and allows them to work legally) is under attack by Republican leaders and it is clear the President and his team are unlikely to defend it. This could make the 800,000 people who would qualify for the DREAM Act and who currently have DACA vulnerable to deportation, especially because they have registered with federal authorities as part of the program. Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement in reaction to the bill introduction in the Senate. 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.
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July 19, 2017 Press Release
“Fighting for DACA and fighting to keep millions of people in this country who have put down roots and built lives here is going to be a people’s fight – and the effort to find ways to protect families and cope with more than a million people being pushed into the black market requires us to organize in every community.”
On Wednesday in a speech on the floor of Congress, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a call to action to resist the Trump Administration’s plans to turn 1.2 million immigrants with documents into undocumented immigrants in the coming weeks or months by ending the DACA program and TPS. He also announced he would participate in a community meeting this Saturday in Chicago to strategize – and begin the organizing process – and invited diverse allies to join the effort. “Fighting for DACA and fighting to keep millions of people in this country who have put down roots and built lives here is going to be a people’s fight,” the Illinois Congressman said. “And the effort to find ways to protect families and cope with more than a million people being pushed into the black market requires us to organize in every community.”
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