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, and that proud tradition is more important now than ever before. I’ve met with Chicagoland DREAMers who would face deportation if Congress fails to protect DACA recipients. Our actions must reflect our values and our history, and I believe that embracing those who come to America seeking a better life for themselves and their family make us a stronger and better nation.
Rep. Quigley has worked to bring attention to the horrific conditions of our nation’s immigration detention centers. He spoke about this on the House Floor and demanded accountability.
Rep. Quigley believes Chicago is a stronger city because it embraces and protects its immigrant communities. He introduced the Safeguarding Sanctuary Cities Act to push back against the Trump Administration’s aggression towards these cities.
Rep. Quigley meets with local groups to learn about how policies impact them. In an effort to combat President Trump’s actions against DACA recipients, Rep. Quigley met with local DREAMers.
Rep. Quigley joined Rep. Jayapal in introducing a bill to block key components of Trump’s executive order on immigration.
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Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) released the following statement after Joe Biden signed more than a dozen executive orders to confront the coronavirus pandemic head-on, lead the fight against the climate crisis, and rollback President Trump’s most harmful policies:
“When President Biden said, ‘help is on the way,’ he meant it. The Biden administration wasted no time getting to work for the American people and providing our nation with much-needed leadership.
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, successfully introduced an amendment to prohibit funding for ICE’s “Citizen Academy” pilot program from the Fiscal Year 2021 Homeland Security funding bill. The “Citizens Academy” is currently set to launch in Chicago this September and aims to train citizens to arrest and detain undocumented immigrants. If allowed to begin, the program would dangerously increase fear and discrimination against immigrant communities and lead to increased violence and racial profiling.
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) sent a letter to Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf calling for the release of LGBTQ+ asylum seekers currently detained in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities. Quigley has previously called for the release of LGBTQ+ detainees due to the continued inability of ICE to properly care for these individuals. His current letter criticizes their failure to act and again calls for the release of detainees in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus and a founding Member of the Transgender Equality Task Force, led over forty members of Congress in calling for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release all transgender individuals currently in detention. LGBTQ immigrants are 97 times more likely to be sexually victimized in detention than straight and cis-gender immigrants and at least two transgender women, Roxsana Hernandez Rodriguez and Johana Medina León, died in ICE custody.
Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-05) visited City Clerk of Chicago Anna Valencia's City Hall office this week to receive his CityKey card, a city government-issued ID that also functions as a Chicago library card, Ventra card, and discount card for participating organizations and businesses in the Chicago area. The CityKey program was started in 2017 to provide undocumented and homeless Chicagoans a government-issued ID when they are unable to access other forms of identification.