Rep. Gutierrez on President Obama’s Announcement of Executive Actions on Immigration

“President Obama is using his pen to help the country and we celebrate his courage.”

Washington, DC –(ENEWSPF)—November 20, 2014. Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) will join President Obama on his trip to Nevada on Friday as the President announces a series of executive actions he is taking on immigration, enforcement and deportations.  The Congressman was briefed by the President and his staff last night and by Secretary Jeh Johnson today on the scope of the actions the President will take.

“President Obama is using his pen to help the country and we celebrate his courage,” Rep. Gutierrez said.  “I am going sign up the families that are covered, keep fighting for the families that are not covered, and we are going to make the City of Chicago a model for the rest of the country.  We all must recognize that no executive action is a substitute for legislation, so the fundamental challenge of getting legislation through the Republican-controlled House remains the same.”

Congressman Gutiérrez is working with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (, and leaders from across the City of Chicago to begin preparations for implementing what the President announces tonight.  Rep. Gutiérrez and Mayor Emanuel will join ICIRR and hundreds of Chicagoans at Benito Juarez High School in Chicago on Saturday, November 22 at 9:30 a.m. CT. to celebrate the President’s announcement and to help launch the Illinois Is Ready campaign ( 

The Congressman also recorded two video messages (ENGLISH: and SPANISH: for his supporters about the President’s announcement encouraging people to celebrate this momentous occasion and to gather information about what the President is announcing so that they can make informed decisions about whether this series of policy adjustments will apply to them and their families.  The videos are posted on the Congressman’s Facebook (, YouTube channel (, and on his website (

Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez represents the Fourth District of Illinois, is a Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, and is the Chairman of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.