March 21, 2018
“I will not vote for funding that continues Trump’s war on immigrants”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) released a statement today reacting to news that the Omnibus spending measure will not include any additional help for Puerto Rico, will not include the Dream Act or other relief for Dreamers and those with DACA, and will include more than a billion dollars for border walls and fencing and does nothing to curtail Trump’s deportation force. "I’m voting against the Omnibus because I’m against the continued deportation of hard-working immigrants and families in communities like mine in Chicago. It would be like me voting against the Iraq war and then turning around and voting for military spending to execute that war. I will not vote for funding that continues Trump’s war on immigrants with deep roots who are assets to their community...."
March 15, 2018
“The President, who many of us think is profiting illegally from the office – and we have filed impeachment articles because of it – seems to attract a lot of people with deep pockets and shallow reserves of judgement to his side.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) said on the House floor this morning that billionaire investor and Trump friend Carl Icahn should be the target of an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) because of his extremely beneficial and well-timed stock dealings just before President Trump announced steel and aluminum tariffs. Just a week before the President made public his intention to raise tariffs on steel, Icahn sold millions of dollars of stock in a manufacturing company dependent on steel, whose share price plummeted after President Trump made his announcement. Coincidence? Rep. Gutiérrez is not buying it. He wrote to SEC Chairman Jay Clayton last week calling for the investigation, and today brought an enlarged poster of Icahn to the House floor to make sure Chairman Clayton – and Mr. Icahn – get the message.
March 14, 2018
“Do not be distracted by the President’s nativist agenda or the bills in Congress that seek to implement his nationalist views. Do not give up on taking action that is serious and will actually protect Dreamers and the communities they live in; and do not allow the deportation and family destruction machine to thrive and grow on our watch.”
Washington, DC – Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) addressed the House this morning during morning business on the floor and discussed a letter signed by 83 House Democrats urging House Leadership and Appropriators to attach the Dream Act to the Omnibus spending bill that will be voted on this week or next week. Rep. Gutiérrez began his remarks on the floor with a scathing assessment of Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte’s proposal to reduce legal immigration and give Dreamers with DACA three additional years of DACA-like status, and was discussed at a Capitol press conference yesterday. Gutiérrez said: "What the Chairman [Goodlatte] did not mention is that his bill is actually about something else. It is about changing the racial make-up of America’s immigrants so that more of them are white and fewer of them come from countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America."
March 14, 2018
“I look at this crowd and I see the future – I see you. And I came here to say thank you. Because I know, you will accomplish what I and others have failed to do.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) was among a small number of lawmakers invited to speak at today’s rally on the U.S. Capitol grounds in conjunction with the national student walkout to prevent gun violence. The event was organized by Montgomery County (MD) Students for Gun Control and the Congressman was introduced by Emily Dohler Rodas a senior at Albert Einstein High School in Montgomery County, Maryland. The Congressman has a long history of working on gun violence prevention issues going back to his first days in Congress 25 years ago, as his remarks indicate. But he urged the students to “accomplish what I and others have failed to do” with regards to gun control and banning assault weapons.
March 14, 2018
On Wednesday, 83 House Democrats released a letter they signed to House Leadership in both parties and to Appropriators calling for the Dream Act to be attached to the Omnibus spending bill the House will vote on this week or next. The lawmakers also asked that the government funding bill be free from increased spending on immigrant deportation and detention and free from further border militarization. The letter states: "Congress is long overdue in acting on this issue, and the failure to pass the Dream Act has resulted in countless lives put in peril. Meanwhile the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) tears families apart by targeting Dreamers, long-term residents, asylum-seekers, families and children for detention and deportation."
March 8, 2018
“[I]f I were to dump a stock a week before Congress took action that would impact that stock’s price, I would most certainly be investigated, resulting in possible sanctions, removal from office or jail time.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) is calling for a federal investigation into the suspiciously timed sale of stock by Trump insider and former advisor Carl Icahn just before President Trump announced steel and aluminum tariffs that caused the value of those stocks to plummet. In a letter [LINK] to Jay Clayton, Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Rep. Gutiérrez said: "I write to request that you and your agency immediately investigate possible illegal insider trading by Mr. Carl Icahn, a longtime friend of President Donald Trump, who according to his SEC filings sold $31.3 million worth of stock in a company heavily dependent on steel just days before the President announced plans to impose import tariffs on steel and aluminum."
March 7, 2018
“Trump’s immigration approach is pretty simple: If you are white, you’re alright. If you are brown, you are lower down. And if you are black, just go back.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) says President Trump’s “approach to immigration is pretty simple: If you are white, you’re alright. If you are brown, you are lower down. And if you are black, just go back.” He also said that if you look at the medal winners in the Winter Olympics, which he described as “snowhole countries,” you get a pretty good idea of the countries from which Trump wants to accept immigrants. Rep. Gutiérrez pointed to the example of Slovenia, the winners of two Olympic medals in PyeongChang, as a country on Trump’s OK for immigration list. The evidence is the First Lady’s parents who utilized what Trump derides as “chain migration” to come here and are soon to become citizens, as reported by the Washington Post. This was Rep. Gutiérrez’s second day in a row addressing the House from the floor on immigration, noting that we have passed the deadline to enact legislation to protect Dreamers with DACA without action, but today’s remarks were somewhat more tongue in cheek. The Congressman noted that it is clear President Trump does not care for certain immigrants, like Dreamers, refugees and those he deems as having come from “shithole countries” (he was admonished by the Speaker Pro-Temp for repeating the President’s “profanity” on the House floor).
March 6, 2018
“[W]hen the TV cameras are turned off, the radical right wing whispers their orders in the President’s ear and he falls right in line – whether it’s with the gun manufacturers or the anti-immigration nativists.”
Washington, DC – On the House floor this morning, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) addressed his colleagues about the DACA program, the March 5 deadline, now expired, to address it in Congress, and the President’s responsibility for the failure of Washington to take action.
February 27, 2018
“The President still plans to kill DACA and make hundreds of thousands of immigrants who are currently documented and known to their government into undocumented immigrants forced underground – vulnerable, exploitable, and deportable. The House has an opportunity – indeed, a responsibility – to step up to the occasion and craft a permanent solution.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) called on his colleagues in the House to legislate a permanent solution to the fact that President Trump wants to end the DACA program that protects some Dreamers from deportation. In a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, he said that despite the failure of DACA legislation in the Senate and the Supreme Court’s decision to let a lower court’s injunction against the President stand for now, “does not mean that the House and Republicans are off the hook for DACA.” The Illinois Congressman appealed to his fellow legislators to stand up to “the racists who are driving immigration policy in the White House [and] are defining the agenda for every House Republican and are shaping the brand of the Republican Party not just as the party opposed to illegal immigration, but now as the party opposed to legal immigration.”
February 9, 2018
“The image of America deporting fellow Americans is not something this country or the Republican Party want to see unfolding every night on the national and local news. And when deported doctors, soldiers and teachers show up in shackles in foreign countries and grant interviews in impeccable English on local and international news, it will stain the reputation of the nation we all love.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) says a new chapter in the fight to protect Dreamers begins today after the House and Senate approved a two-year budget agreement that excluded protection for Dreamers who face deportation. The following is a statement from Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, a Member of the Judiciary Committee and the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus: "I am proud of the Democrats who stood up for Dreamers in the wee hours of the morning and cast a very difficult vote against the Senate budget deal. This was one of the hardest votes I have ever taken because there are many good things in the package for the people of my District and the people of Puerto Rico, both of whom I love deeply. But many Democrats stood on principle and did what we were morally commanded to do in order to protect our fellow Americans, the Dreamers..."