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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

Feb 9, 2010 Press Release
Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Congressmen Barney Frank (D- MA), Jared Polis (D-CO), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Mike Honda (D-CA), and Mike Quigley (D-IL), joined by more than 50 Members of the LGBT Equality Caucus, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus have sent a letter to President Obama and House and Senate leaders expressing their strong support for a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would end discrimination against LGBT binational families.
Oct 13, 2009 Speeches
The United States is a country that makes heroes, not scapegoats "
Sep 24, 2009 Press Release
Cong. Quigley speaks on House floor in support of Poland.
Jun 23, 2009 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL) introduced legislation extending the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). This move is part of a broader effort to ultimately extend visa waiver privileges to Poland, a country that has proven its steadfast dedication to the cause of freedom and friendship with the United States.
Jun 5, 2009 Press Release
"I strongly believe the United States should extend the Visa Waiver Program, with its enhanced program security requirements, and extend visa-free privileges to Poland, a country that has proven its steadfast dedication to the cause of freedom and friendship with the United States."

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