Congressman Gutierrez is widely recognized as the nation’s foremost advocate for immigrant’s rights. In an era when we’ve seen wholesale deportations of immigrants and watched conservative legislatures from Alabama to Arizona pass the most restrictive immigration legislation America has experienced since the McCarthy era, when hate crimes against Latinos have increased dramatically and anti-immigrant rhetoric fills the airwaves, Gutierrez has been a beacon for immigrants. He has traveled the country talking to immigrant groups, has authored comprehensive immigration reform in Congress, has sparred with right-wing immigration opponents on the O’Reilly Factor and has been arrested in protests in front of the White House in his quest to protect the rights of immigrants and to hold the President to his campaign promises. Gutierrez has been called ‘the Moses of the Latinos’ and his influence among immigrants in this country cannot be underestimated.
In STILL DREAMING: My Puerto-Rican Journey from the Streets of Chicago to the Halls of Congress, co-authored with Doug Scofield, to be published by W.W. Norton in 2013, Gutierrez chronicles the journey that took him from a cot in the hallway of a cramped apartment in Chicago to the rural hills of Puerto Rico and ultimately to the halls of the U.S. Congress, a journey that has led him to the center of a historic debate about the future of immigrants in America. Along with recounting his behind-the-scenes relationships with leaders from Rich Daley to Rahm Emanuel, from Bill Clinton to President Obama, in STILL DREAMING he will present his ideas for a sensible immigration policy that would allow immigrants a path to citizenship.