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..."
April 26, 2017 Press Release
“It is not enough to stand up against the President’s wall. Democrats don’t endorse ideas like ramping up detention beds, border guards and building up the infrastructure of mass deportation.”
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement on the on-going omnibus budget negotiations. 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. "I strongly oppose funding Trump’s anti-immigration agenda and executive orders and I have been sharing my objections with my colleagues."
April 19, 2017 Press Release
“We do not know all the facts at this point, but it sounds like Juan’s initial deportation was coercive and was an unacceptable curtailing of his due process rights.”
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement in response to the news that Juan Manuel Montes, a DREAMer with DACA, had been deported by agents from the Department of Homeland Security in February. " If you came to this country when you were a young child and have DACA, then the United States is your home and you should not be deported..."
April 12, 2017 Press Release
EPA Extends Energy Answers’ permit for 5 more months
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) learned that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted a highly unusual and suspect second extension to Energy Answers of their Prevention of Significant Deterioration of Air Quality (PSD) permit that would allow the company to move forward in the construction of a waste-to-energy incinerator in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. It was extended contrary to the EPA’s own guidance to not extend a PSD permit without commencement of construction on the proposed site by the deadline of April 10, 2017. As reported yesterday and previously, Rep. Gutiérrez called on the EPA not to extend the permit.
April 10 Groundbreaking Deadline is Today
April 5, 2017 Press Release
“This will be a day for all Americans to demonstrate our resistance to the mass deportation, mass discrimination, and mass deception policies of our President.”
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Luis V.
March 31, 2017 Press Release
April 10 Groundbreaking Deadline Approaches
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) released two letters related to the proposed solid waste incinerator project in Arecibo, Puerto Rico: one a letter from the Congressman to the Acting Regional Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Region 2; and the response back to the Congressman. The purposed waste-to-energy incinerator in Arecibo, Puerto Rico has been criticized for several reasons, including its major impact on public health, the environment, its minimal impact generating energy, little economic contribution, and the manner in which the project has been imposed on the local population.