Transcript Highlights: Rep. Gutiérrez: “I think the wall is a monumental waste of taxpayers’ money…it’s just idiotic, having said that, if that’s what it’s going to take in order to put 800,000 young men and women…and put them on a course to full integration into our society, if that’s what the hostage takers of the Dreamers, if that’s their ransom call, I say pay it.” Rep. Gutiérrez: “Here is what [Gen. Kelly] said: The president of the United States, while he was campaigning, made promises that were not fully informed…it was so astonishing to me that I immediately wrote it down… He said I’ve educated the president and the president has evolved on the issue.” [A rush transcript of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” airing on Sunday morning, January 21, 2018 on ABC News is below. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. All excerpts must be attributed to ABC News “This Week with George Stephanopoulos”
“There comes a time when if you say you stand for justice, you have to actually take a stand & hold it & not back down. That’s what Democrats are going to do this week. We’re not going to back down.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives this morning to discuss what he learned about family immigration, bipartisanship and the fate of the Dreamers in the meeting yesterday between the President’s Chief of Staff and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), the Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, and the Democratic Whip. In discussing immigration and the potential for a government shutdown with General John Kelly, the Congressman learned what bipartisanship and families mean to the President and his Chief of Staff, both for people from and Norway and not from Norway. And the Congressman said he is more confident in the unity of Democrats to stand up for a solution for the Dreamers than ever before.
January 17, 2018 Press Release
“I can confirm that Chief of Staff Kelly said today that the President’s campaign was not fully informed about the wall he was promising to voters.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued the following statement in reaction to news that Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff John Kelly said that the President was “not fully informed” as a candidate on the promises he made about the border wall he supports. Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez attended the meeting and is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. "I can confirm that Chief of Staff Kelly said today that the President’s campaign was not fully informed about the wall he was promising to voters. Kelly went on to say that many campaigns are not fully informed about every policy and that campaigning and governing are two different things and that governing is harder. Kelly took credit for educating the President on the wall and that a concrete barrier from sea to shining sea was no longer the conception of border security barriers supported today by the White House."
January 11, 2018 Press Release
“This is the real Donald Trump and my biggest fear is that his voters will applaud him.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued the following statement in reaction to news that Donald Trump attacked immigration from “shithole countries” like Haiti, El Salvador and African countries. Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. "As an American, I am ashamed of the President. His comments are disappointing, unbelievable, but not surprising. We always knew that President Trump doesn’t like people from certain countries or people or certain colors. We can now we say with 100% confidence that the President is a racist who does not share the values enshrined in our Constitution or Declaration of Independence."
January 10, 2018 Press Release
Reps. Grijalva, Espaillat and Gutiérrez force unscheduled floor votes for adjournment
On Wednesday, three Members of Congress took the unusual step of calling for the House’s adjournment in order to focus attention on the need for the DREAM Act to protect immigrants. In succession, after delivering one-minute speeches in accordance with House procedures, Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) and Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) interrupted scheduled legislative business on the House floor by calling for a recorded vote on whether the House of Representatives should adjourn, thus forcing Members to come to the floor for an unscheduled vote. The Members said they took this action to demonstrate the urgency with which the Congress must address the immigration status of Dreamers, those who arrived in the U.S. as children but have lived here for years and have no way to get legal immigration status. “The President gave the Congress a deadline to pass legislation to protect the Dreamers and we take that deadline very seriously and think our colleagues should too,” said Rep. Gutiérrez.
January 8, 2018 Press Release
“What will Trump and Miller extract from the American people to protect TPS holders? A moat with alligators?”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued the following statement in reaction to the news that the Trump Administration is ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an estimated 200,000 immigrants from El Salvador. The President has previously terminated protections from deportation and work documents for those with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and others with TPS, including Haitians and Nicaraguans. More than a million immigrants who live and work under the protection of American laws will lose that protection in the coming months. "Once again, Donald Trump is turning immigrants who have lived and worked within the laws of the U.S. for a generation into undocumented immigrants..."
December 21, 2017 Press Release
“I cannot support a bill that claims to help Puerto Rico but actually shortchanges them, again.”
Today in the House of Representatives, the next installment of hurricane relief funding for Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands along with relief for the California wildfires, is expected to be brought to the House floor for a vote. Given that the partisan package is wholly inadequate to respond to the severity of the disaster and crisis in Puerto Rico, Rep Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) announced he plans to vote against the measure.
“…you should be prepared to call the Committee back to Washington if and when this President attempts to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation by removing the Special Counsel…”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) delivered a letter to Ranking Member Jerold Nadler (D-NY), the newly-elected Ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, to be prepared to call the Committee back to Washington for immediate investigation and possible impeachment proceedings if the President fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller over the Christmas recess. The letter congratulates Rep. Nadler on his new position and expresses Rep. Gutiérrez’s concern that the President may use the absence of the Congress in Washington over the holidays to obstruct justice in matters related to Mueller’s investigation into Trump family, Trump campaign, and Trump White House ties to Russian meddling in U.S. elections. In his letter, Rep. Gutiérrez writes: "Before we leave for Christmas, I want to be very clear that as the Ranking Member, you should be prepared to call the Committee back to Washington if and when this President attempts to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation by removing the Special Counsel from his post during this holiday season. Every Democrat on the Judiciary Committee should be ready to launch an immediate investigation into obstruction of justice if the President takes this action over the holidays and be prepared to fight to impeach him."
“We have a man in the presidency who has a very difficult relationship with the truth.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) used his question and answer period during today’s House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to ask about sexual assault allegations against the President of the United States. The Congressman said: "I believe these women. In fact, I would say without hesitation whenever it is a case of his word against her word, I generally give her word a lot more weight.” He continued: "And when the ‘him’ in question is Donald Trump, there really should be no further discussion because, as everybody regardless of their political affiliations or partisanship can clearly see, we have a man in the presidency who has a very difficult relationship with the truth. In this case we have women who were made to feel powerless and insignificant, who at great personal cost and risk, have come forward. And I believe them. I do."
December 13, 2017 Press Release
“Republicans—even the brave ones who have said they are for solving the plight of the DACA kids—must do more than write a letter or whisper quietly in the halls that they hope something happens.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) delivered a speech on the House floor this morning calling for a vote on the DREAM Act (HR 3440), which would allow immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children to apply for permanent legal status. His speech focused on the 122 DACA recipients (those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) who lose their status every day – and will continue to lose their status until the program shuts down completely in March. To emphasize his point, the Congressman had a poster with the message “122 #DREAMACTNOW” and the Congressman, like many DREAM Act supporters in Congress, is wearing a matching orange button. However, he was asked to remove the button before his remarks began. [The Congressman was also briefly misidentified by the Presiding Officer, who incorrectly recognized “the gentleman from Alabama” to speak. To which, the Congressman retorted, “Today, I’d like to be from Alabama today, but I’m not.]