Issuing a furious lecture to a packed house in the sanctuary of Chicago’s Lincoln United Methodist Church, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) called President Trump “a major criminal” who seeks to destroy families, take away health care, pollute the environment, and reward Wall Street, and stated that he “must be eliminated as president of the United States.”
Screaming, “Dreamers are not criminals!” Gutierrez expressed outrage over Trump’s plans to put an end to former-President Obama’s executive amnesties, impacting 1.2 million people “who do not have papers,” and vowed to “resist” Trump non-violently with “everything possible.”
Billed as an “emergency community meeting,” the speech was focused on the need to defend DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and other forms of legal immigration status that are under attack from Republicans and President Trump. The Congressman urged illegal immigrants and their allies to prepare themselves to resist the dramatic escalation in deportations that has already started, and will certainly increase, as Trump and his administration eliminate DACA and the TPS (Temporary Protective Status), and pursue illegal immigrants more aggressively.
Gutierrez talked about how inspired he is by the Black Lives Matter movement and other protest-driven causes, stating that they should all come to the aid of immigrant communities in a broad coalition to resist the president’s agenda of ending illegal immigration.
According to Gutierrez, Trump is a menace to society.
“For me, the major criminal that exists in the United States of America is called Donald Trump—he lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue at the White House,” Gutierrez shouted. “And we’re going to take actions today, and we’re going to take actions tomorrow. And there will soon be a majority in the House of Representatives, and I am going to make sure that I am there, to make sure of one thing … that we write those articles of impeachment and take him to trial before the Senate and eliminate him as president of the United States of America.”
After quoting Gandhi, Gutierrez swore that he “will not allow Donald Trump, and all of his cronies that he surrounds himself with from Wall Street at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, to determine the future of 1.2 million people.”
Bringing up the American civil rights and voting rights movements in which people fought and died for equality and freedom in the United States, Gutierrez noted that he himself, a Puerto Rican from Chicago, would not be able to hold office or fight for civil rights and equality had it not been for the sacrifices of those who came before him. “We must make democracy work again for everyone,” he said, “whether you are gay, straight, brown, white … papers or no papers.”
The lawmaker told the crowd to get ready because there is a great movement being mobilized against our “criminal” president and his administration.
“Have you seen the children? Have you seen the faces of those fleeing Syria? And he [Donald Trump] says, ‘No, you cannot come to this country and seek refuge.’ To me, that is a criminal,” raged Gutierrez, who is in his 13th term representing the Fourth District of Illinois. He is a member of the Judiciary Committee and is the chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
“Someone who takes health care away from 33 million people is a criminal,” he stated.
Slamming Trump for choosing Scott Pruitt to be his EPA administrator, Gutierrez charged that the former Oklahoma attorney general “takes orders from polluters and contaminates our air.”
Often speaking in Spanish, he told the audience to “take action” and take back the Congress so that Trump could be put before the Senate in impeachment proceedings.
Even as he spoke of the president’s “crimes,” it’s interesting to note that the Democrat congressman has paid his wife hundreds of thousands of dollars out of his campaign coffers, according to a report in the Washington Free Beacon:
Gutierrez, who was first elected to Congress in 1993, brought his wife, Soraida Gutierrez, onto his campaign’s payroll six years ago to act as his office manager, treasurer, and fundraiser.
Soraida Gutierrez was a registered lobbyist in the state of Illinois from 2003 to 2009 before joining Gutierrez for Congress. She has since raked in more than $300,000 for her work on behalf of the committee while being the top recipient of campaign cash in three cycles since stepping into her role.
The first time Soraida acted in an official capacity for the campaign, in 2010, she pulled in over $44,000 and was the top recipient of cash from the Gutierrez campaign that year.
Soraida then pocketed over $93,000 in 2012, making her the biggest beneficiary of campaign funds for the second election cycle in a row. The committee disbursed $383,848 in 2012, so Soraida’s payments constituted roughly 25 percent of all campaign expenditures.
Soraida was yet again the top beneficiary of cash from Gutierrez for Congress during the 2014 election cycle, receiving $110,000. Herman Andrew, a vendor, was the second highest-paid individual at $24,000.
Soraida has pocketed $65,000 during the 2016 election cycle to date. She has been paid a total of $312,000 from the Gutierrez for Congress campaign committee since 2010.
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