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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Immigration

The United States has always been a nation of immigrants. It’s essential that our immigration policies reflect this country’s rich history of diversity and the countless contributions that immigrants have and continue to make. History tells us that comprehensive immigration reform raises wages, creates jobs, and generates additional tax revenue. That’s why I will continue to work towards pragmatic solutions that reform our broken immigration system, keep our borders secure, and provide a pathway to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants currently living in the shadows. 

I believe we can and should create a twenty-first century immigration system that will stimulate jobs, enhance global competitiveness, and help to grow a highly skilled U.S. workforce. I have strongly spoken out against President Trump’s executive orders on immigration, which only further separates families and continues unnecessary deportation of millions of members of our community. I proudly introduced the Safeguarding Sanctuary Cities Act to stand in solidarity with any immigrant seeking security and safety within our cities.  I also continue to fight tirelessly to enact more humane deportation and detention policies, to improve standards and conditions at immigration detention centers, and to protect the legal rights of undocumented immigrants. I also support refugee resettlement, policies and efforts to end the costly and arbitrary immigration detention bed quotas and the unnecessary detention of children and families. I have introduced legislation that will increase high skilled visas so that America can continue to attract the world’s best and brightest. And I continue to push for an expansion of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) through the JOLT Act, which will increase tourism and bolster our economy by allowing citizens of selected countries, including Poland, that meet strict U.S. security standards to travel to the U.S. for 90 days without a U.S. visa.  America’s strength as a nation is being jeopardized by a broken immigration system that is tearing families apart, disrupting our workforce and draining our resources. Our nation was built by immigrants. That proud tradition, which helped the United States to become the most prosperous nation in the world, is more important now than ever before. 

 

Rep. Mike Quigley led a letter with his Democratic colleagues urging the Trump Administration to stop targeting sanctuary cities and protect their funding.

Rep. Mike Quigley invited Loyola University Chicago DACA student, Zarna Patel as his guest to President Trump’s Joint Address to Congress.

Rep. Mike Quigley joined Rep. Jayapal in introducing a bill to block key components of Trump’s executive order on immigration.

More on Immigration

Jul 18, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Quigley offered an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2018 Homeland Security Subcommittee appropriations bill to end the use of for-profit prisons to detain immigrants.
Jun 29, 2017 Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), who has introduced recent legislation protecting Sanctuary Cities from the Trump Administration’s anti-immigration threats, released the following statement on Republican legislation once again targeting Sanctuary Cities:

May 27, 2017 In the News
A Bill has been re-introduced in the House of Representatives that seeks exemption for foreign- born persons with an American PhD in science, technology, engineering or mathematics from the limits on the number of employment-based green cards and H-1B visas awarded annually. Introduced by Congressmen Erik Paulsen and Mike Quigley, the Stopping Trained in America PhDs from Leaving the Economy (STAPLE) Act, is likely to benefit Indians given that they constitute the largest number of students doing PhD in the US. “The brightest minds from around the world come to the US to pursue their advanced degrees. We should do all we can to ensure students we educate and train here use what they've learned to contribute to the US economy," said Paulsen.
May 27, 2017 In the News
The US House of Representatives has seen the reintroduction of a bill that looks to relax the country's currently strict H1-B visa rules, but only for a select few professionals. Read to know what they are, and how they can stem IT layoffs.
May 26, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05) and Erik Paulsen (MN-03), re-introduced the bipartisan Stopping Trained in America Ph.D.s from Leaving the Economy (STAPLE) Act, which would exempt foreign-born individuals who have earned an American Ph.D. in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) from the limits on the number of employment-based green cards and H-1B visas awarded annually.

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