|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||Contact: Brittany Gross|
|February 22, 2013||(703) 535-3390|
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez today announced his resignation from Citigroup to focus his full attention on serving as Chairman of the Republicans for Immigration Reform super PAC.
“America’s immigration system is badly broken, which undeniably impacts our economy, our healthcare system, our nation’s ability to attract the globe’s most talented individuals, our schools, our families and our country’s promise of the great American Dream,” said Secretary Gutierrez. “The upcoming immigration reform debate will be one of the most important public policy discussions America engages in this century. Our country must get it right. In this spirit and with this understanding, I’ve decided to dedicate my full time and energy to Republicans for Immigration Reform and this critical legislative effort."
Born in Havana, Cuba, Gutierrez’s family immigrated to the United States in 1960. In 1975, he joined the Kellogg Company as a sales representative in Mexico City, Mexico. By 2000, Gutierrez rose to become Kellogg's Chairman and CEO. Gutierrez, who also serves on the Hispanic Leadership Network's National Advisory Committee, went on to become the 35th U.S. Secretary of Commerce, serving under the George W. Bush Administration from 2005 to 2009. In 2010, Gutierrez joined Citi as Vice Chairman of Institutional Clients Group and a member of the Senior Strategic Advisory Group.
Republicans for Immigration Reform will provide political support for Republicans who advance common-sense solutions to address the nation’s broken immigration system. These common-sense solutions must be implemented through comprehensive legislation that recognizes U.S. borders, Rule of Law, dignity of individuals, and policies that address the needs of our economy in the 21st century. For more information, please visit www.RepublicansForImmigrationReform.org.
"America was born as a nation of immigrants and Republicans for Immigration Reform understands that immigration is not just a critical part of our history, but a necessary tool for the future,” said Charlie Spies, Co-Founder of Republicans for Immigration Reform. “This is an understanding also espoused by Secretary Gutierrez, who has long fought for policies that protect and preserve the great American Dream. We are honored to have his full support in this effort.”