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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

Jan 30, 2017 In the News
Chicago-area Democrats in Congress lashed out Monday at what party leaders called President Donald Trump's "hateful" executive order on immigration, and several joined an evening protest outside the Supreme Court.
Jan 30, 2017 In the News
Breaking ranks with GOP leaders, U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren criticized President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily banning refugees from entering the U.S. and restricting travel for people from seven Muslim-majority countries as "overly broad" and lacking compassion.
Jan 28, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement denouncing President Trump’s executive order banning U.S. entry to refugees and green card holders from seven Muslim-majority countries:
Jan 28, 2017 In the News
Chicago-area Democratic politicians sharply criticized the Trump administration Saturday after more than a dozen travelers were taken into custody at O'Hare International Airport to enforce the president’s executive order on immigration related to seven majority-Muslim countries.
Dec 7, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), joined House Democratic colleagues at a press conference on their joint letter to President Obama asking him to carefully consider a presidential pardon as part of a strategy to protect DREAMers from President-Elect Trump’s deportation pledges. Rep. Quigley has previously hosted immigration action information sessions to help immigrants prepare for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) application periods. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery.

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