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Congressman Luis Gutierrez

Representing the 4th District of Illinois

Press Releases

December 6, 2017 Press Release
“The votes are here, the legislation is here, the American people are already in support, so Mr. Speaker, at some point, Republican leadership should just get out of the way and let America vote. That is what leadership, compromise, and bipartisanship look like.”
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. Later today, the Congressman will speak at a massive rally in Upper Senate Park to advocates who are gathering to send the same message: Pass the DREAM Act now. Yesterday, 34 House Republicans wrote Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to ask him to allow a vote on legislation to protect DREAMers and those with DACA before the end of the year. Rep. Gutiérrez says “You take the 34 Republicans that wrote the Speaker and add them to 194 of my Democrats and you are comfortably in the majority and the DREAM Act passes.” Before the end of this week, a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government past the midnight deadline for funding on Friday will be voted on and Rep. Gutiérrez and others are calling for the inclusion of the DREAM Act on this must-pass legislation, because DREAMers with DACA are already losing their protection from deportation. “Every day that Congress does not pass the DREAM Act, 122 DACA recipients lose their protection from deportation,” the Congressman said in his floor speech.
December 2, 2017 Press Release
Press Release from Mayor of Chicago: Surpassing its first year goals, the City pledges an additional $1.3 million to support continued legal services for immigrants and refugees in 2018
Press Release from Mayor of Chicago: Surpassing its first year goals, the City pledges an additional $1.3 million to support continued legal services for immigrants and refugees in 2018 Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Congressman Luis Gutierrez today joined more than 100 elected officials, community leaders and volunteers to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Chicago Legal Protection Fund. The Fund was established to assist thousands of immigrants and refugees in the City who were threatened with deportation in the post-election era.
November 21, 2017 Press Release
“Like everything associated with this President, this is a short-sighted, self-inflicted wound – an unforced error that harms the United States and our standing in the world.”

Washington, D.C. – Rep Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) says the decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians is a great injustice coming just as Americans are celebrating a season of generosity and good tidings.

November 17, 2017 Press Release
Washington, DC – Congressman José E. Serrano, Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez, and Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez, co-chairs of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Task Force on Puerto Rico, today released the following statement in response to reports that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) would submit a disaster supplemental request of $44 billion to help hurricane affected areas, including Puerto Rico: “Once again the Trump Administration has proven it lacks the will to help Puerto Rico in a comprehensive manner. Puerto Rico is facing a serious humanitarian and economic crisis, and now more than ever the American citizens on the island need our help. This supplemental request fails to provide sufficient funding to help Puerto Rico address immediate needs and set itself on the road to recovery. We also understand that it fails to provide a solution to the potentially devastating Medicaid cliff that is currently facing Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Moving forward without significant changes will only hinder the Puerto Rican government’s capacity to address the situation on the ground and will contribute to further suffering on the island. We will work with our colleagues in Congress to increase funds in the supplemental and help ensure Puerto Rico and its 3.4 million American citizens have the necessary aid to face this crisis head on. While we understand that OMB plans further supplemental appropriations requests, we believe that more must be done now,” said the co-chairs of the CHC Task Force on Puerto Rico.
November 16, 2017 Press Release
Press Release Issued By House Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley (D-NY)

(Washington, D.C.) – Leading House Democrats issued the statements below after the Department of Homeland Security announced its decision to reconsider the applications of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients who applied for an extension by the deadline but were rejected after delays by the U.S. Postal Service and at agency receiving locations.

November 15, 2017 Press Release
House Democrats will send a letter to acting Secretary Elaine Duke demanding that the Department of Homeland Security reconsider the applications of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients who applied for an extension but were rejected after a delay by the U.S. Postal Service. The effort was led by House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) and Reps. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), and Adriano Espaillat (D-NY).
November 15, 2017 Press Release
Articles of Impeachment Introduced in House
Today, Rep Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) participated in a press conference at which articles of impeachment against Donald Trump were introduced in the House of Representatives. The articles of impeachment were authored by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Rep. Gutiérrez has joined as an original co-sponsor along with Rep. Al Green (D-TX) and Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) who also spoke at the press conference, and Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) and Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY).
November 14, 2017 Press Release
“I do not trust him or anyone in this Administration to tell the truth, to stand by their word, or to be forthright, especially with regards to Russia and connections between the Trump campaign and Vladimir Putin.”
Rep Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) will be among those questioning Attorney General Jeff Sessions at an oversight hearing in the House Judiciary Committee this morning. The Congressman said he will demand that the Attorney General – for a change – tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth under oath. In previous testimony before the Senate, the Attorney General has denied meetings with Russian officials that in fact took place, denied participating in meetings about connections between Russia and the Trump campaign that in fact took place, and otherwise failed to answer questions truthfully and completely in both oral and written testimony under oath.
November 13, 2017 Press Release
Washington, DC – Congressman José E. Serrano, Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez, and Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez, co-chairs of the newly formed Puerto Rico Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, today released the following statement in support of Governor Rossello’s emergency supplemental appropriations request for post Hurricane Maria recovery efforts: “Almost two months after Hurricane Maria, most of Puerto Rico is still in the dark and too many lack access to potable water. While last month’s disaster supplemental was a start in the recovery effort for Puerto Rico, much more needs to be done to help the island address the ongoing crisis in a comprehensive manner. The Governor’s request outlines the scale of assistance that is needed to help Puerto Rico get back on its feet. We are united in our efforts to help the island, and will be doing everything possible to ensure that Puerto Rico fully recovers.”
November 10, 2017 Press Release
“I don’t care if it was incompetence by one federal agency or the other, the DACA applicants did everything right and they are still getting rejection notices and their whole lives in this country and the hopes and dreams of their families are at stake.”
Rep Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) has learned of at least 21 cases in Chicago where applicants to renew DACA have been denied because USCIS says they did not accept the applications before the October 5, 2017 deadline. When the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program was killed by President Trump in September, a window for renewal applications was opened for some DACA recipients whose DACA status expired before March 5 of next year. However, USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the branch of Homeland Security that processes applications for immigrants) said the applications had to be “accepted” by October 5 of this year. But applications mailed to USCIS as early as September 13 were not received or “accepted” for processing, even though they were mailed from addresses in Chicago to the USCIS lockbox address also in Chicago. In one case, an application mailed to the Chicago lockbox address on September 13 via registered mail was delivered, according to the Post Office receipt, on October 5, but USCIS says it did not receive it until the next day, thereby making the application invalid. In another case, an application was mailed on September 21, which the Post Office estimated would be received by September 29. The actual receipt, according to USCIS, was October 9. Cases came directly to Rep. Gutierrez’s office and through local advocacy groups that helped DACA applicants before the deadline, including the Instituto for Progreso Latino and the Logan Square Neighborhood Association. It is not clear if the U.S. Postal Service is to blame or USCIS, but that doesn’t matter to Congressman Gutierrez.