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Congressman Luis Gutierrez

Representing the 4th District of Illinois

Press Releases

September 28, 2017 Press Release
“Whatever it takes to rescue people, whatever it takes to airlift people to safety, to open hospitals and get them food and water, it has to happen right now.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) will fly to San Juan from Chicago early Friday morning and plans to return to Chicago on Sunday. He will both travel within the San Juan Metro area and go out of the city to see for himself the damage caused by Hurricanes Maria and Irma and assess why relief is not flowing to the people of Puerto Rico quickly enough. “It has been more than a week and basic aid like food, water, medicine and fuel isn’t getting where it needs to be to help people,” Rep. Gutiérrez said. “We can’t allow inaction in Washington to create a humanitarian crisis for 3.4 million American citizens in Puerto Rico. I won’t sit back and watch TV as another crisis like Katrina in New Orleans unfolds. These are our people and they need our help right now.”
September 27, 2017 Press Release
“Our military servicemen and women are the best in the world and their fellow citizens in Puerto Rico need their help desperately.”
On Wednesday, Reps. Joe Crowley (D-NY), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, and Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) wrote to Defense Secretary James Mattis to request an urgent meeting to discuss the crisis in Puerto Rico. The Island is still without power, food, fuel, water, and adequate medical supplies a week after Hurricane Maria. The United States military has aided natural disaster victims in the past – both on domestic soil and foreign soil. While some military resources have already deployed to the Puerto Rico operation, Crowley and Gutiérrez believe the Department of Defense (DOD) has the capability and capacity to do much more.
September 27, 2017 Press Release
Legislation would help all U.S. islands receive necessary supplies following natural disasters
Today, U.S. Reps. Grace Meng (D-NY), Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), Darren Soto (D-FL), Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL), and José Serrano (D-NY), in response to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, introduced the Humanitarian Disaster Relief Act of 2017 to permit waiving the Jones Act for humanitarian relief efforts. “What is more important, getting aid to people in need or policies to maintain profits for shipping companies?” said Rep. Gutiérrez. “Let the aid flow from wherever it is available to wherever it is needed most, without bureaucratic or man-made barriers.”
September 26, 2017 Press Release
“We should remind ourselves of our responsibility to the 3.4 million people of the Island Nation of Puerto Rico.”

Washington, DC -- Today, Rep. Luis V.

September 22, 2017 Press Release
“What little Puerto Rico had before Maria was literally blown away and in order to understand the scope of the damage and the magnitude of the recovery, Members of Congress need to see it with their own eyes.”
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) released a letter he sent to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today asking them to organize a bipartisan delegation of congressional leaders to visit Puerto Rico and see the damage caused by Hurricane Maria for themselves. The Chicago-born Puerto Rican Congressman from Illinois says Puerto Rico faces unique challenges after the devastating hurricane that Members of Congress must see in order to appreciate the aid that is necessary to help the Island recover.
September 21, 2017 Press Release
Illinois Congressman asks President Trump to suspend the Jones Act and waive cost-sharing obligations in disaster relief effort.
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) released a letter he sent to Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló offering his support to the people of Puerto Rico and expressing gratitude to the Governor for the vital work he has done so far addressing a once-in-a-century natural disaster, Hurricane Maria. Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico as a category 4 storm and left a path of destruction across the Island just two weeks after Hurricane Irma also cause $1 billion in damage and widespread power outages. Rep. Gutiérrez, who was born in Chicago and is Puerto Rican, pledged any assistance he could muster to address the Island’s immediate and long-term needs.
September 20, 2017 Press Release
“I will do my part in Chicago to rally support and resources from Puerto Ricans and other Americans concerned for the plight of those in Hurricane Maria’s path.”

Washington, DC -- Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) released a letter he sent to President Trump today urging the President to declare a major disaster in Puerto Rico, which is being hit by a once-in-a-century hurricane today.  The Congressman, a U.S.

September 18, 2017 Press Release
“DACA participants have already lived in the U.S. for at least 10 years and gone through multiple detailed background checks for the initial application and renewals, so treating those with DACA with respect and compassion is the least that USCIS can do until such time as Congress enacts legislation to protect DREAMers permanently.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 18, 2017) – Reps. Luis Gutiérrez [D-IL] and Mike Coffman [R-CO] sent a letter today to the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requesting a series of important technical fixes to the process for winding down the DACA program. The requests from Reps.

September 14, 2017 Press Release
“While the President is playing deal or no deal with the lives of DREAMers, Speaker Ryan is allowing House Republicans to vote on a bill that labels as many immigrant youth as possible as gang members and makes it easier to deport them.”
Washington, DC -- Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement in reaction to the news yesterday that President Trump and Democratic Leaders had made progress towards the DREAM Act of 2017 and the debate on the House Floor today on H.R. 3697, the so-called “Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act.” The bill was introduced last week, has six co-sponsors, and is being debated and will likely pass today. It makes it easier for the government to label people as gang members and jail or deport them.
September 12, 2017 Press Release
English and Spanish social media and web alerts target those whose DACA expiration falls between now and March 5, 2018

Washington, DC -- Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued an alert on social media and on his website to tell DACA recipients whose DACA status expires between now and March 5, 2018, to submit renewal applications as soon as possible in order to make the October 5, 2017 deadline.