He is an advocate for liberal and progressive causes. His early political career included being on the Chicago City Council. He also endorsed Richard Daley for Mayor in 1989 and subsequently served as Chair of the Committee on Housing, Land Acquisition, Disposition and Leases and Council President pro tempore under Daley's administration.
Gutierrez has questionable ties to Rod Blagojevich as well as the Daley machine. There were reports of development deals with Daley in 2008 as well as sweet deals for family members in 2010.
Gutiérrez was a member of the Judiciary Committee during the 110th and 111th Congress, serving on the Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law Subcommittee. As a result of his role in championing immigration reform in the US House, in 2009 Gutiérrez was appointed Chair of the Democratic Caucus Immigration Task Force by Speaker Pelosi. He is also the Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Immigration Task Force as the "leading strategist and spokesperson on immigration issues."
Gutiérrez was the first elected official to sponsor a version of the Dream Act in 2001.
In 2007, Gutierrez and our own, Jeff Flake, joined forces to produce the STRIVE ACT.
Jeff Flake's webpage has a glowing endorsement for the STRIVE ACT by none other than Rahm Emanuel. So, it MUST be a good piece of legislation.
“As the son of an immigrant and a resident of Chicago, I know first-hand,
that immigrants make this country strong.
Those who have lived in this country for years -
who have held jobs, started families and established roots in American communities -
deserve the opportunity to earn their citizenship,”
said Congressman Rahm Emanuel (D-IL).
In 2009 Gutiérrez introduced Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act -(CIR-ASAP) a bill to create a pathway to citizenship for non-criminal undocumented immigrants and improve border security. The bill received over 100 co-sponsors and was endorsed by members of the business community and organized labor unions, including the AFL-CIO, United Food and Commerical Workers and Service Employees International Union.
Strangely enough, all of these unions have ties to Randy Parraz. They all seem to hang out in similar circles.
Aside from the bi-partisan friendship with Jeff Flake, Luis Gutierrez has other ties to Arizona.
He marched in the ALTO ARIZONA sponsored protest march held in April 2010 in Phoenix. An event attended by Randy Parraz.
Lydia Guzman with Luis Gutierrez:
Luis Gutierrez at a Reform Immigration for America meeting:
See also http://reformimmigrationforamerica.org/
Raul Grijalva, Luis Gutierrez, Mary Rose Wilcox.