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Congressman Luis Gutierrez

Representing the 4th District of Illinois

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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.”
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.
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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. 

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September 6, 2017 Press Release
“When the CEO of Microsoft says you can only take my DREAMers with DACA by coming through me first, that is a challenge to every policymaker in this chamber.”

Washington, DC -- Today, Rep. Luis V.

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September 5, 2017 Press Release
“I personally will not support any funding bill that does not include a safe harbor for DREAMers – and I will work to have others join me in opposition.”

Washington, DC -- Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) released a statement reacting to the news that President Trump has taken action to eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that for five years has allowed young immigrants who arrived in the U.S.

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