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Congressman Luis Gutierrez

Representing the 4th District of Illinois

Press Releases

June 14, 2018 Press Release
“Sleeping with an adult film star and then paying thousands of dollars to keep it quiet, that is a 'private matter' to be worked out between attorneys. Fleeing death and violence, rape and torture, that’s a public matter. And our leaders should know better.”
Fresh off of yesterday’s demonstration at Customs and Border Patrol headquarters in Washington, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) was back on the floor of the House of Representatives speaking about the Trump Administration’s policy to separate children from their parents at the border. He described yesterday’s action and went on to denounce Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ new policy of denying claims of asylum related to domestic violence or being targeted by organized crime. He said that when Sessions announced the new policy on Monday, he “had one of the most stunning ‘new-speak’ 1984, mind-control moments we have ever heard” when he said that violence by a man against a woman was a “private matter.” "Rape and abuse, that’s just a private matter between a man and a woman according to the chief law enforcement officer of our country. That’s just a private matter between a man and a woman; between the family and the gang of terrorists they are facing."
June 13, 2018 Press Release
“We cannot sit back and let our government systematically ruin the lives of families and scar children for life. When we said ‘Never Again’ we meant it.”
Today on the House floor, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL), speaking about the Trump Administration policy to separate children from their parents at the border, told House Republicans that “There is a certain devious and genuinely cruel kind of evil that’s responsible for a policy that takes children from their parents.” He said he would join advocates and other Members of Congress, including the Chairman of the Democratic Caucus Joe Crowley of New York, at a rally to protest the policy today at 1:30 pm ET at the headquarters of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Reagan Building in Washington. The rally kicks off with a gathering at Freedom Plaza, across the street. In his speech this morning, Rep. Gutiérrez said he and about a dozen colleagues wrote to the heads of Homeland Security, Health and Human Services and the Attorney General last week demanding that the government stop the policy and demanding answers to questions about how many children have been taken, where they are being held, and how the government intends on reuniting them with their families. A deadline to respond to the letter has passed and none of the three Trump Cabinet Secretaries have responded. Hence the need for the protest today, which is being organized by CPD Action, affiliated with the Center for Responsive Democracy.
June 8, 2018 Press Release
Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Barbara Lee (CA-13), Chair of the Congressional Social Work Caucus, Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53), Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez (IL-04), and Congresswoman Karen Bass (CA-37) today released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, which is currently separating children from their parents at the border: "The Trump Administration’s policy of separating children from their parents is terrifying and frankly, abhorrent. Reports indicate that very young children– who are already fleeing dangerous conditions at home including domestic violence – are being taken from their parents."
June 7, 2018 Press Release
“The largest worksite raid in recent history not only raises questions of due process and dignity, but also the human cost.” – Letter to DHS and IRS signed by 42 House Democrats
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) was joined by 41 of his colleagues in the House in demanding answers from the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Acting Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) about an immigration raid at a meat processing plant in Bean Station, Tennessee, the largest workplace raid in the U.S. in a decade. The letter includes 10 questions about how the raid was conducted because of the size and scope of the enforcement action and because it is unusual for immigration enforcement agencies and state and local police to assist the IRS on gathering records from a business, and in this case, using the warrant of the IRS investigation to enter the premises and round-up employees.
June 7, 2018 Press Release
At the Border, in Immigration Raids, in Puerto Rico, the Republican Party’s Real Commitment to ‘Family Values’ Is on Display
Today on the House floor, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) told House Republicans that “tearing apart Latinos families is an election year strategy from this White House designed to energize Republican voters for primaries and midterms” and that House Republicans, as the beneficiaries of this strategy, have given up their right to invoke family values ever again. In a fiery speech that touched on the new policy to take children from their parents along the border, the recent series of immigration workplace raids, and the deaths of more than 4,500 Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria, the Illinois Congressman said “please don’t ever come to the well of this House and tell the country that you support family values. Don’t you dare.”
May 29, 2018 Press Release
“Throwing a few paper towels or enlightening people to the fact that Puerto Rico is an island surrounded by water was no substitute for treating millions of people in need with urgency, compassion, and honesty…”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) released the following statement [with Spanish translation/con traducción a español] in response to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine by Harvard University researchers that estimates the death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria was at least 4,645, making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in American history. "Hurricane Maria hit with brutal force for a full day in September 2017, but the subsequent disaster was the federal government’s response to the damage Maria caused. The Harvard study confirms our worst nightmares, predictions and warnings at the time. I was not the only one who knew from the beginning that there was much greater loss of life than the President, the Governor or official sources were claiming..."
May 22, 2018 Press Release
“[I]t takes good people without guns working with good people who own guns to keep guns out of the hands of people who will use them to kill other people.”
In an impassioned plea today for action rather than silence, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) read the names of the ten people shot and killed on Friday at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas and told his colleagues in a floor speech that “we have established a school to coroner pipeline in this country that will persist until the American people arm their politicians to do something about it…” He noted that there have been 46 moments of silence in the House related to gun-violence since the Newtown, Connecticut mass shooting in 2012, but precious little has been done to prevent gun deaths in schools or anywhere else since then. He said, “We all know by now that more is needed than a moment of silence, because the silence of lawmakers kills.”
May 16, 2018 Press Release
"All of the blathering this past week about whether the White House or the President would apologize for comments by a White House staffer about gravely ill American war hero Senator John McCain was just wasted breath, if you ask me."

Washington, DC – All the speculation this week about whether the President and the White House would apologize for comments made about American war hero Sen. John McCain was wasted breath, Rep. Luis V.

April 26, 2018 Press Release
“Working with people from the other side of the aisle is just one aspect of bipartisanship. Where the rubber meets the road is when you take on the leaders of your own party in order to achieve a bipartisan goal.”
Bipartisanship is more than Republicans and Democrats signing on to the same bill, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) said in a floor speech in the House this morning. “Where the rubber meets the road,” he said, “is when you take on the leaders of your own party in order to achieve a bipartisan goal.” He said that the Republican Members who have signed on to H. Res 774 – Rep. Jeff Denham’s (R-CA) “Queen of the Hill” rule to bring about votes on a series of immigration bills, cannot declare “Mission Accomplished” just by signing on. The next step is to put “skin in the game” by demanding a vote from Republican Leadership through a discharge petition which would force Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to bring about an immigration vote.
April 23, 2018 Press Release
Court Orders and Reports of Delays and Backlogs Spur Bipartisan Inquiry

WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) and U.S. Representative Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) sent a letter to the heads of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S.