As Congress debates the way forward on another deal to keep the government open and funded, congressional immigrant rights champions are sending a strong message to members of both parties to live up to their pledge to protect Dreamers. Below are comments from Representatives Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) and Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) on why protections for… Continue »

Today Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) announced his retirement from Congress. The following is a statement by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice. Congressman Luis Gutierrez has been our champion and our leader. Rarely has one person so masterfully combined the power of a member of Congress, the passion of a movement leader, and the… Continue »

On Wednesday, in a speech on the floor of Congress, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a call to action to resist the latest threats coming from the Trump Administration in its war on immigrants and refugees. In the coming weeks, the Bannon-Miller-Sessions wing of the Administration is pushing to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood… Continue »

CHC meeting shows Kelly to the perfect pitchman for the radical Trump agenda During a meeting with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus this afternoon DHS Secretary John Kelly signaled the following: DACA threatened: The future of DACA, the program that has unlocked opportunities for nearly 800,000 Dreamers, will be decided in the coming weeks by… Continue »

This week, House Republicans are scheduled to vote on H.R. 3003 and H.R. 3004 — two anti-immigrant bills which would endanger public safety and supercharge Donald Trump’s mass deportation force. The bills would jail immigrants for longer than due process allows and take money from more than 600 cities and counties who want to implement policies… Continue »

A video of today’s event is available here Today, Senator Menendez (D-NJ) and Representatives Pallone (D-NJ) and Gutiérrez (D-IL) joined families from New Jersey and Maryland as well as faith and immigration leaders to remind President Trump and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly of the real life impacts of their immigration policies and to… Continue »

A recording of today’s event is available here. Ahead of next week’s 5-year anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Jessica Colotl, a leader in the fight for DACA who is vulnerable to deportation, joined Representative Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL), legal experts, and immigration advocates to discuss DACA under Trump and the… Continue »

This morning, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) took to the House floor to highlight the ways in which Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Trump Administration are demonizing and criminalizing immigrants, in order to make them easier to deport. Sessions is already seeking ways to get his Department of Justice more involved with the prosecution of immigrants —… Continue »

Americans Stand Up & Speak Up Against Trump’s Terror Campaign As Trump’s Mass Deportation Force and an “unshackled” Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Border Patrol continue their terror campaign across the country – detaining and deporting immigrants with U.S. citizen children and others with deep ties to America – elected officials, local leaders, and… Continue »

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), immigration reform advocates, and clergy members protested for five hours after a meeting with Chicago ICE yesterday, briefly being placed in handcuffs before being let go without citation. Rep. Gutierrez and the advocates were protesting Donald Trump’s immigration executive orders, sprawling ICE raids, and the case of Francisca Lina — an… Continue »