Last year, PBS Frontline aired “Immigration Battle,” from the amazing filmmakers Shari Robertson & Michael Camerini, who produced the “How Democracy Works” series. The documentary focuses on the immigration debate during the last Congress. According to Shari and Michael, “The film is not just the culmination of our decade long filming on immigration, it’s a… Continue »

Today, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) joined the #racismisntfunny effort to get NBC to Dump Donald Trump from Saturday Night Live. The Congressman wrote a letter to the Presidents of Comcast and NBC Universal, quoting from NBC’s earlier statement about Trump and  “asking them to ‘disinvite’ Donald Trump from hosting the November 7 broadcast ofSaturday Night Live… Continue »

He’s back. Congressional lawmakers have returned from their summer recess, and immigration champion Rep. Luis Gutierrez wasted no time speaking out “about the number one topic in Latino neighborhoods in America: Donald Trump.” Stationed in between two large photos of leading Republican candidate Donald Trump and Pope Francis, Rep. Gutierrez declared the Pontiff’s upcoming visit to the United… Continue »

Today, the House voted 236-191 against executive action as well as DACA, reinforcing their own image as the party that wants immigrants to get out.  The thing is, it wasn’t that long ago that Congressional Republicans were reaching across the aisle to help pass the Senate immigration bill, and even less time ago that the House… Continue »

GOP “Shamefully Slams the Door” In The Face Of Gutierrez, All Immigrants Says Sharry  Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, commented on the riveting testimony of Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) before the House Rules Committee last evening: Luis Gutierrez has long been one of the leading immigration champions in Congress, willing to work tirelessly with… Continue »

Republicans are preparing an all-out assault against immigrants, readying legislation that would target 2012’s DACA as well as last year’s executive action, and making it clear that what they are after is the mass deportation of all undocumented immigrants. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), who announced yesterday plans to travel around the nation encouraging people to sign… Continue »

The following is must-watch from Rep. Luis Gutierrez last night: As House Prepares To Attack President, Gutiérrez Discusses “Myth…That The United States Should, Would Or Could Deport 11 Million” Immigrants Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) testified before the House Rules Committee this evening as the Committee debated a bill to attack the lawful executive actions President… Continue »

For many months, it has been clear that Republicans have no intention to pass immigration reform legislation.  Speaker Boehner has claimed both that Republicans distrust Obama too much to pass a bill and that Obama acting on his own to protect immigrants is improper.  What’s left, then?  The status quo, where hardworking immigrants continue to face… Continue »

On a press call held this afternoon, congressional immigrant rights’ champions Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) discussed President Obama’s new immigration actions in a bilingual conference call with reporters.  The speakers, each immigration reform champions and leaders in Congress, highlighted their strong support for the president’s announced actions and made clear that they… Continue »

The kind of executive action on immigration that President Obama is about to take is not new — every single president since at least Eisenhower has unilaterally used his powers in some way to help immigrants.  But in a recent floor speech, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) actually went back further — to Harry S Truman right after… Continue »