We need to be very careful about tackling this issue of money-launderingTerrorist funding still vexing Treasury Feb 13, 2002
We need a bill that says if you come here to hurt our communities, we will not support you; but if you are here to work hard and to make a better life for your family, you will have the opportunity to earn your citizenshipThousands call for immigration reform Oct 13, 2009
We need a law that says it is un-American for a mother to be torn from her child, and it is unacceptable to undermine our workforce by driving the most vulnerable among us further into the shadowsThousands call for immigration reform Oct 13, 2009
We've been patient long enough. We've listened quietly. We've asked politely. We've turned the other cheek so many times our heads are spinningHuge rally in D.C. for immigration reform Mar 21, 2010
These are the people that are for the sanctity of lifeRep. urges Obama on immigration reform Aug 07, 2010
Luis Vicente Gutiérrez (born December 10, 1953) is an American politician and the current U.S. Representative for Illinois's 4th congressional district, serving since 1993. Gutiérrez was the first Latino to be elected to Congress from the Midwest. From 1986 until his election to Congress he served as a member of the Chicago City Council representing the 26th ward. He is a member of the Democratic Party and the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He is recognized as the "national leader on comprehensive immigration reform," and the top Latino elected official in the United States of America.
Of Puerto Rican descent, he is a supporter of Puerto Rican independence, and the Vieques movement. Gutiérrez is also an outspoken advocate of workers' rights, LGBTQ rights, gender equality, and other liberal and progressive causes. His supporters have given him the nickname El Gallito - the little fighting rooster - in reference to his fiery oratory and political prowess.
Gutiérrez was born and raised in the Lincoln park neighborhood of Chicago, then an immigrant and working class community. His mother was an assembly-line worker and his father was a cab driver. After his freshman year at St. Michael's High School his parents decided to move the family to their hometown of San Sebastián, Puerto Rico. Gutiérrez, who had never before visited the island, reluctantly followed his parents; there he learned to speak Spanish. Gutiérrez said of his experience moving from Chicago to Puerto Rico: "In Lincoln Park, I had been called a spic, then all of a sudden I land on the island and everyone calls me gringo and Americanito. I learned to speak Spanish well."