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Congressman Luis Gutierrez

Representing the 4th District of Illinois

Press Releases

March 8, 2018 Press Release
“[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 Press Release
“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).
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March 6, 2018 Press Release
“[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.

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February 27, 2018 Press Release
“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.”
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February 9, 2018 Press Release
“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..."
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February 8, 2018 Press Release
“These are Americans. They grew up here. They live and work here. They share our nation with us. Right now, we are being called upon to protect them from deportation and we must answer that call.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) says he will vote against the Senate budget and spending deal the House is expected to vote on later today and he is urging his colleagues to do the same. "Anyone who votes for the Senate budget deal is colluding with this President and this Administration to deport Dreamers. It is as simple as that."
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February 8, 2018 Press Release
“Well, I say to everybody -- don't collude with this administration. Vote against the budget.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives this morning to voice his opposition to the Senate budget and spending deal the House is expected to vote on today. The two-year deal does not address those with DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program the President has ended, nor the Dream Act (HR 3440). Rep. Gutiérrez has consistently said since September that he will not vote for budgets, spending resolutions or other “must-pass” legislation that fails to protect the Dreamers who are becoming vulnerable to deportation. During his speech this morning, the Congressman also called out the President and his staff for their characterizations of immigrants in the State of the Union address and elsewhere.
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February 2, 2018 Press Release
“President Trump’s decision to allow the release of Chairman Nunes’ Republican talking points is part of a coordinated propaganda effort to discredit, disable and defeat the Russia investigation. House Republicans are now accomplices to a shocking campaign to obstruct the work of the Special Counsel, to undermine the credibility and legitimacy of the Justice Department and the FBI, and to bury the fact that a foreign adversary interfered with our last election.
Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Democratic Members of the House Judiciary Committee, issued a joint statement following the release of the “Nunes memo,” a set of misleading talking points drafted by the Republican staff of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in an attempt to discredit the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation: “President Trump’s decision to allow the release of Chairman Nunes’ Republican talking points is part of a coordinated propaganda effort to discredit, disable and defeat the Russia investigation. House Republicans are now accomplices to a shocking campaign to obstruct the work of the Special Counsel, to undermine the credibility and legitimacy of the Justice Department and the FBI, and to bury the fact that a foreign adversary interfered with our last election..."
January 30, 2018 Press Release
“Whoever translated it for him from Russian did a good job.”
Washington, DC – Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement after listening to the President’s State of the Union address. Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. "Even though I disagreed with almost everything he said, for Trump, the speech was clear and well-delivered. Whoever translated it for him from Russian did a good job..."
January 22, 2018 Press Release
“I have said since September – when Trump killed DACA – that I will not vote for a long-term or short-term spending bill that fails to protect the Dreamers. We will not fund their deportation and we will not exchange their safety for the deportation of others or for the prohibition of others to enter legally.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement reacting to the vote in the Senate to agree to fund the government. Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. "This simply kicks the can down the road with no assurance that we will protect Dreamers from deportation or fight Republican attempts to curtail or eliminate legal immigration. I have said since September – when Trump killed DACA – that I will not vote for a long-term or short-term spending bill that fails to protect the Dreamers. We will not fund their deportation and we will not exchange their safety for the deportation of others or for the prohibition of others to enter legally..."
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