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Today on the House floor, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) told House Republicans that “tearing apart Latinos families is an election year strategy from this White House designed to energize Republican voters for primaries and midterms” and that House Republicans, as the beneficiaries of this strategy, have given up their right to invoke family values ever again. In a fiery speech that touched on the new policy to take children from their parents along the border, the recent series of immigration workplace raids, and the deaths of more than 4,500 Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria, the Illinois Congressman said “please don’t ever come to the well of this House and tell the country that you support family values. Don’t you dare.”
May 22, 2018 Press Release
In an impassioned plea today for action rather than silence, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) read the names of the ten people shot and killed on Friday at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas and told his colleagues in a floor speech that “we have established a school to coroner pipeline in this country that will persist until the American people arm their politicians to do something about it…” He noted that there have been 46 moments of silence in the House related to gun-violence since the Newtown, Connecticut mass shooting in 2012, but precious little has been done to prevent gun deaths in schools or anywhere else since then. He said, “We all know by now that more is needed than a moment of silence, because the silence of lawmakers kills.”
March 21, 2018 Press Release
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) released a statement today reacting to news that the Omnibus spending measure will not include any additional help for Puerto Rico, will not include the Dream Act or other relief for Dreamers and those with DACA, and will include more than a billion dollars for border walls and fencing and does nothing to curtail Trump’s deportation force. "I’m voting against the Omnibus because I’m against the continued deportation of hard-working immigrants and families in communities like mine in Chicago. It would be like me voting against the Iraq war and then turning around and voting for military spending to execute that war. I will not vote for funding that continues Trump’s war on immigrants with deep roots who are assets to their community...."
January 30, 2018 Press Release
Washington, DC – Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement after listening to the President’s State of the Union address. Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. "Even though I disagreed with almost everything he said, for Trump, the speech was clear and well-delivered. Whoever translated it for him from Russian did a good job..."
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.
October 5, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) released a statement in response to the news that the Consumer Finance Protection Board (CFPB) issued a new rule designed to protect consumers from the predatory practices of payday and car title lenders.
August 28, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) released a statement reacting to the news that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner had signed two important bills into law. One bill, known as the Trust Act (SB 31), strengthens the statewide firewall between federal immigration and deportation issues and the enforcement of law by state and local police, thereby enhancing public safety. The other bill provides for automatic voter registration for eligible voters in Illinois.
WASHINGTON—Fifty-three members of the United States House and Senate are calling out Attorney General Jeff Sessions for holding critical violence prevention funds used by American cities hostage to the Trump Administration’s extreme immigration agenda. The Department of Justice has placed new and onerous conditions on local law enforcement’s access to federal funding through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne-JAG) program, forcing cities to choose between redirecting already scarce resources from local policing efforts to enforcing federal immigration laws. The lawmakers are demanding an explanation, including the statutory authority for the Department’s new conditions, which will hurt the ability of local governments to fight violent crime in their communities. “These conditions are an unwarranted, coercive effort to leverage communities’ longstanding reliance on Byrne-JAG funds in furtherance of the Trump Administration’s mass-deportation agenda. By forcing local law enforcement to choose between redirecting resources from policing efforts to immigration enforcement or else sacrificing violence prevention funds that the Justice Department itself has described as “critical” and “necessary,” these new Byrne-JAG conditions will undermine the ability of local law enforcement agencies to combat gun violence in communities like Chicago and Baltimore,” the lawmakers wrote.
El jueves, Oscar López Rivera hará un regreso histórico a Chicago acompañado por l Congresista Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) y su esposa Soraida. Después de pasar 35 años en prisión y tres meses bajo arresto domiciliario en la casa de su hija en Puerto Rico, López Rivera, el célebre prisionero político puertorriqueño ahora está libre para viajar y hará un regreso triunfal a Chicago, donde una calle será nombrada en su honor y donde un evento comunitario se llevará a cabo en el Centro Cultural Puertorriqueño. // On Thursday, Oscar López Rivera will make a historic return to Chicago escorted by Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) and his wife Soraida. After 35 years in prison and three months confined to his daughter’s home in Puerto Rico, López Rivera, the celebrated Puerto Rican political prisoner is now free to travel and will make a triumphant return to Chicago where a street is being renamed for him and where a community event will be held at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center.
May 3, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the House floor to make his thoughts on the omnibus budget agreement clear: he will not support it because, despite not funding the “the President’s ‘tremendous’ border wall,” the bill still contains more than $1.2 billion for deportations. It also short-changes funding for health care in Puerto Rico, he said. “I will not be voting for the omnibus bill because I do not believe that it is okay to slip another billion here or there into the budget to break up families, put moms and dads in detention, or send DREAMers out of the only country they know.”