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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

Jul 14, 2015 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) offered an amendment to the fiscal year 2016 Homeland Security appropriations bill that would prohibit the detention of immigrant children and families in our nation’s immigration detention centers, saving over $345 million in taxpayer dollars from family detention and reinvesting that money into more humane and cost-effective Alternatives to Detention.
Apr 30, 2015 Press Release
Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-05) and Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) introduced the bipartisan Stopping Trained in America Ph.D.s from Leaving the Economy (STAPLE) Act, which would exempt foreign-born individuals who have earned an American Ph.D. in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) from the limits on the number of employment-based green cards and H-1B visas awarded annually.
Jan 13, 2015 Press Release
U.S. Representative and Appropriations Committee member Mike Quigley (IL-05) joined House Democrats at the Capitol to urge the House Majority to pass a clean Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill without the inclusion of harmful anti-immigrant amendments.
Nov 20, 2014 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) released the following statement upon President Obama’s speech outlining his Immigration Accountability Executive Actions.
Nov 19, 2014 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) joined a Congressional Equality Caucus roundtable discussion with undocumented lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocates to emphasize the importance of including the LGBT immigrant community in the President’s upcoming executive actions on immigration.

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