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Congressman Luis Gutierrez

Representing the 4th District of Illinois

Press Releases

July 25, 2017 Press Release
“When you’re in Syria or Yemen, Central Africa or Central America – places where surviving day to day without being killed by gunmen, governments or gangs is not easy – extended, multi-generational families not only live together…they have to flee to safety together. But not if Donald Trump has his way, they don’t.”
On Tuesday, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke during Morning Business (the 10 am hour ET) on the House floor about President Trump and families. The Congressman, noted that President Trump was recently, and conveniently, interrupted by his granddaughter during an oval office interview with the New York Times about the Russia investigation that was not going so well, so the Congressman today, standing in front of a picture of himself with his grandson Luis Andres, pointed out lessons that Donald Trump should learn about parents, grandparents, children, refugees and immigrants...
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July 20, 2017 Press Release
“We will keep fighting in Congress, in the courts, and using every peaceful means available to us in our communities to stop the mass deportation of immigrants.”
On Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced a new version of the DREAM Act (an acronym for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors). The President has pledged, through a spokesperson, to fight this bipartisan legislation that would allow immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children to live and work here legally if they meet certain criteria. This happens as the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the program that provides temporary deportation relief for Dreamers and allows them to work legally) is under attack by Republican leaders and it is clear the President and his team are unlikely to defend it. This could make the 800,000 people who would qualify for the DREAM Act and who currently have DACA vulnerable to deportation, especially because they have registered with federal authorities as part of the program. Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement in reaction to the bill introduction in the Senate. Rep. Gutiérrez is in his 13th term representing the Fourth District of Illinois. He is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and is the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
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July 19, 2017 Press Release
“Fighting for DACA and fighting to keep millions of people in this country who have put down roots and built lives here is going to be a people’s fight – and the effort to find ways to protect families and cope with more than a million people being pushed into the black market requires us to organize in every community.”
On Wednesday in a speech on the floor of Congress, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a call to action to resist the Trump Administration’s plans to turn 1.2 million immigrants with documents into undocumented immigrants in the coming weeks or months by ending the DACA program and TPS. He also announced he would participate in a community meeting this Saturday in Chicago to strategize – and begin the organizing process – and invited diverse allies to join the effort. “Fighting for DACA and fighting to keep millions of people in this country who have put down roots and built lives here is going to be a people’s fight,” the Illinois Congressman said. “And the effort to find ways to protect families and cope with more than a million people being pushed into the black market requires us to organize in every community.”
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July 18, 2017 Press Release
“We know that foreign hands will touch our food and the question for America is whether we want those foreign hands to grow our food in this country or another country. The choice for America is whether we want our food grown and produced under our laws for food safety and workplace safety or someone else’s.”

Washington, DC – At a press conference on Tuesday, Rep. Luis V.

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July 13, 2017 Press Release
“Es el momento de resistir, vienen a destruir nuestra comunidad, vienen a deportar a los soñadores. Parecen, organizasen y resistan.” [Translation: It is the moment to resist, they are coming to destroy our communities. They are coming to deport DREAMers. Let's stand up! Get organized and resist.]

Washington, DC – On Thursday, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez spoke about the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ meeting with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Wednesday that Gutiérrez says was “our call to action” to fight mass deportation.  Rep. Gutiérrez said that Sec.

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July 12, 2017 Press Release
After CHC Meeting with DHS Sec. Kelly, Gutiérrez Says Millions of Documented Immigrants Could be Made Deportable This Year

Washington, DC – On Wednesday, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) was among the Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) to meet with Secretary John Kelly of the Department of Homeland Security.  In the closed door meeting that lasted more than an hour, Sec.

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July 12, 2017 Press Release
In floor speech and letter to Democratic Leadership, Gutiérrez warns Dems that Sen. Rivera Schatz’s homophobia is emblematic of deeper problems affecting the statehood push in Puerto Rico

Washington, DC – On Wednesday, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the House floor about homophobic comments made by the President of the Puerto Rican Senate Thomas Rivera Schatz, who is a leader of the statehood effort in Puerto Rico.  Congressman Gutiérrez called recent remarks made by Sen.

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July 7, 2017 Press Release
"Targeting family-member sponsors that seek to protect children escaping violence and abuse is completely unacceptable, reprehensible and will create a culture of fear and lack of cooperation among this vulnerable community.”
Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Members of the CHC sent a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John F. Kelly asking for clarification and details about reports that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are targeting and criminally charging parents and sponsors of unaccompanied children. As stated in the letter, “We applaud efforts to target, make arrests and bring down these [human smuggling] criminal organizations. However, targeting family-member sponsors that seek to protect children escaping violence and abuse is completely unacceptable, reprehensible and will create a culture of fear and lack of cooperation among this vulnerable community.”
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July 5, 2017 Press Release
“That is beneath the dignity even of the Statehooders and makes President Trump look mature and well-adjusted by comparison.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) responded to Thomas Rivera Schatz, Puerto Rican Senate President and a leader of the Statehood Party, who used the masculine pronoun “señor” repeatedly to describe Ana Matosantos, the only female member of Puerto Rico’s Financial Oversight and Management Board (known locally as the Junta de Supervisión Fiscal or simply the Junta). It occurred during a radio interview with Carmen Jovet on AM 610 NotiUno radio and was widely regarded as a homophobic slur from a politician and party with a record of hostility towards the LGBT community.
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June 28, 2017 Press Release
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus urges the House to oppose “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act” (H.R. 3003) and “Kate’s Law” (H.R. 3004).
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus urges the House to oppose “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act” (H.R. 3003) and “Kate’s Law” (H.R. 3004). These two measures will undercut law enforcement’s ability to keep communities safe, undermine Constitutional protections, and criminalize immigrants.

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