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Congressman Luis Gutierrez

Representing the 4th District of Illinois

Press Releases

July 18, 2017 Press Release
“We know that foreign hands will touch our food and the question for America is whether we want those foreign hands to grow our food in this country or another country. The choice for America is whether we want our food grown and produced under our laws for food safety and workplace safety or someone else’s.”

Washington, DC – At a press conference on Tuesday, Rep. Luis V.

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July 13, 2017 Press Release
“Es el momento de resistir, vienen a destruir nuestra comunidad, vienen a deportar a los soñadores. Parecen, organizasen y resistan.” [Translation: It is the moment to resist, they are coming to destroy our communities. They are coming to deport DREAMers. Let's stand up! Get organized and resist.]

Washington, DC – On Thursday, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez spoke about the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ meeting with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Wednesday that Gutiérrez says was “our call to action” to fight mass deportation.  Rep. Gutiérrez said that Sec.

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July 12, 2017 Press Release
After CHC Meeting with DHS Sec. Kelly, Gutiérrez Says Millions of Documented Immigrants Could be Made Deportable This Year

Washington, DC – On Wednesday, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) was among the Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) to meet with Secretary John Kelly of the Department of Homeland Security.  In the closed door meeting that lasted more than an hour, Sec.

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July 12, 2017 Press Release
In floor speech and letter to Democratic Leadership, Gutiérrez warns Dems that Sen. Rivera Schatz’s homophobia is emblematic of deeper problems affecting the statehood push in Puerto Rico

Washington, DC – On Wednesday, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the House floor about homophobic comments made by the President of the Puerto Rican Senate Thomas Rivera Schatz, who is a leader of the statehood effort in Puerto Rico.  Congressman Gutiérrez called recent remarks made by Sen.

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July 7, 2017 Press Release
"Targeting family-member sponsors that seek to protect children escaping violence and abuse is completely unacceptable, reprehensible and will create a culture of fear and lack of cooperation among this vulnerable community.”
Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Members of the CHC sent a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John F. Kelly asking for clarification and details about reports that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are targeting and criminally charging parents and sponsors of unaccompanied children. As stated in the letter, “We applaud efforts to target, make arrests and bring down these [human smuggling] criminal organizations. However, targeting family-member sponsors that seek to protect children escaping violence and abuse is completely unacceptable, reprehensible and will create a culture of fear and lack of cooperation among this vulnerable community.”
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July 5, 2017 Press Release
“That is beneath the dignity even of the Statehooders and makes President Trump look mature and well-adjusted by comparison.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) responded to Thomas Rivera Schatz, Puerto Rican Senate President and a leader of the Statehood Party, who used the masculine pronoun “señor” repeatedly to describe Ana Matosantos, the only female member of Puerto Rico’s Financial Oversight and Management Board (known locally as the Junta de Supervisión Fiscal or simply the Junta). It occurred during a radio interview with Carmen Jovet on AM 610 NotiUno radio and was widely regarded as a homophobic slur from a politician and party with a record of hostility towards the LGBT community.
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June 28, 2017 Press Release
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus urges the House to oppose “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act” (H.R. 3003) and “Kate’s Law” (H.R. 3004).
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus urges the House to oppose “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act” (H.R. 3003) and “Kate’s Law” (H.R. 3004). These two measures will undercut law enforcement’s ability to keep communities safe, undermine Constitutional protections, and criminalize immigrants.
June 28, 2017 Press Release
“[T]he question is not whether or not these bills will pass the House…but whether Democrats will be tempted to vote for tough-sounding measures because they are afraid to be labeled by conservative talk-radio hosts as weak on punishing the ‘Mexican murderers and rapists’ they think are lurking in American every alley.”
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the House floor about the two immigration bills on the House floor this week (HR 3003 and HR 3004), saying despite this being Immigrant Heritage Month, “House Republicans have made this anti-immigration week in the Congress.” The vote on the bills to jail immigrants for longer periods of time and take money away from more than 600 cities and counties who do not enforce federal immigration laws in the way Republicans want them to comes as anti-immigration advocacy groups hold their annual talk-radio festival of live broadcasts from Washington, designed “to reinforce the anti-immigration fever that has gripped the Republican Party and allowed a tough-sounding game-show host to take over the party,” according to Rep. Gutiérrez.
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June 22, 2017 Press Release
“I am here to warn my fellow Democrats not to believe the hype for one second.”
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the House floor about the June 11 plebiscite in Puerto Rico where 97% of the voters supported statehood, but only 23% of the voters actually took the time to vote. The Congressman warned Democrats that “Those who are peddling the fantasy of statehood sometimes call themselves Democrats, but we should all beware of an elephant in donkey clothing.” The speech comes a few days after Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez embraced the Puerto Rican statehood agenda. The Congressman (sarcastically) conceded that the 97% result was “pretty impressive,” but said the results represent: "The kind of numbers that would make Vladimir Putin jealous and Saddam Hussein green with envy if he were not so dead. And the reason why the statehooders got 97 percent of the vote was pretty much the same reason as those guys too: Only one political party participated."
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June 21, 2017 Press Release
“Who can imagine America without the Irish today? As House Republicans vote today to pass bills to keep out the ‘wretched refuse of your teeming shore’… I hope all of us will reflect on those ancestors as we deliberate laws that would have kept many of them out.”
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the House floor to take note of the hearing this morning in the House Judiciary Committee to pass Republican bills to slash refugee numbers and make it harder for asylum seekers to find safety in the U.S. This comes just one day after World Refugee Day, a day “to reflect upon those in crisis and dedicate ourselves to helping those we can help,” the Congressman said. Standing in front of a replica of the “Irish Need Not Apply” signs from the 19th century, Rep. Gutiérrez noted that the bills voted on in Committee today would have kept many of the Irish out. He said: "Roughly 32 million Americans trace their roots to Ireland, that’s about 10% of the U.S. population. And, let’s be clear, the British rulers over Ireland were not sending what they considered their best people. They were poor, they were uneducated, and U.S. politicians at the time said they were sending rapists and murderers and drunks – even if some, they assumed, were good people… But who can imagine America without the Irish today?"

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