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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, 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.

More on Immigration

Jan 19, 2014 In the News
"People ask me what's happened in the last year that's mattered. The fact that the House and Senate passed identical appropriations bills may be the biggest news in the last 12 months."
Jan 14, 2014 Speeches
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) pushes Congress to first pass a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants before considering other piecemeal immigration reform measures.
Nov 27, 2013 In the News
"The pervasive and systematic abuse of detainees held in immigration detention facilities, essentially at the hands of the government, is unconscionable. This urgent matter must be addressed quickly and at the highest possible level."
Nov 26, 2013 Press Release
Following a GAO report released last week, a bipartisan group of Members of Congress have called on the Obama Administration to put strong regulations in place to prevent sexual abuse and assault against immigrants in federal custody.
Aug 21, 2013 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-Ill.-5) and U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today called for the passage of legislation that would allow Polish citizens unrestricted travel to the United States for up to 90 days without requiring a visa.

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