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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

Nov 14, 2016 In the News
Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley worries President-elect Donald Trump could use Chicago's status as a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants to cut off funding to the city.
Nov 14, 2016 In the News
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday promised to protect immigrants from deportation, even as president-elect Donald Trump has pledged to remove as many as 3 million immigrants who have criminal records and are living in the country illegally.
Nov 10, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) visited the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) Immigration Court Help Desk in Chicago to observe day-to-day operations of the program, which received federal funding to expand services in August.
Aug 29, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) announced the expansion of the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) Immigration Court Help Desk with new funding from the Executive Office for Immigration Review.
Feb 26, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representatives Quigley, Gutiérrez and Schakowsky introduced the Fair Day in Court for Kids Act, which will ensure that children and vulnerable individuals in immigration proceedings have access to counsel and receive legal orientation about their rights and responsibilities under immigration law.

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