Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Immigration

We have seen time and time again that multicultural immigration has been, and continues to be, an important factor in the development of the United States.  From the very beginning of our history, immigrants from around the world have played an important role in helping to weave our modern social fabric.  It is for this reason that I am a firm believer in immigration reform that addresses this very serious problem in a comprehensive, reasonable, and humane fashion.  It is also my belief that reform measures must include a review of all of our immigration policy including, but not limited to, border security, E-Verify, and H-2B Visas.

I do not believe that it is realistically feasible to deport the millions of undocumented migrants currently residing in the United States.  Therefore, I support immigration reform that not only includes strengthening our borders but also addresses creating a pathway to citizenship, firmly and fairly enforcing the laws, and restoring and ensuring due process.  However, let me be clear, I do not believe that a wall or other physical obstruction is the best way to secure our border.  In fact, a physical barrier oftentimes makes enforcement more difficult than other means (e.g. technology); this is especially true when funding for such a barrier would mean a reduction in the very personnel charged with protecting our borders.

Additionally, we must address the issue of family reunification.  I have personally advocated for and sponsored legislation to allow families seeking legal citizenship in the United States to stay together.  I have seen numerous instances of families that have been divided because the family member who sponsored them passed away.  When considering these cases, we must keep in mind that these families have tried to do the right thing and it is not fair to penalize them by allowing their families to become broken because our immigration system is often slow, inefficient, inhumane, and expensive.

Recently, there has been much debate on the issue of DREAMers.  We must remember that these individuals were brought to our country without any say in the matter.  They have, through the DACA program, attempted to comply with the law and should not be penalized for their honesty.  Instead, we must find a way to ensure that DREAMers who have not broken any laws and have been contributing members of society, have a path forward in the only country they know.

Ultimately, any legislation or action taken on immigration must be free of racial and religious bias or discrimination.  I continue to oppose any measure that discriminates against an individual because of the color of their skin, the country of their origin, or the faith they follow.

More on Immigration

May 18, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) signed the bipartisan discharge petition to force a long-overdue vote on the House Floor to protect America’s Dreamers.
 
Apr 3, 2018 Press Release

CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement on Trump calling for the militarization of the southern border:

Jan 22, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), today released the following statement on the passage of the Republican short-term government funding legislation (also known as the Continuing Resolution, or CR).

Jan 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), today released the following statement on the Republican short-term government funding legislation (also known as the Continuing Resolution, or CR).

Jan 12, 2018 Press Release

CHICAGO — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), today released the following statement condemning Trump’s inflammatory and racist immigration comments.

“It is disgusting and infuriating that the President's remarks about immigration from 'shithole countries' like Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries come on the 8th anniversary of the Haitian earthquake in which more than 200,000 people were killed.

“Is the President not aware that immigrants of all races, nationalities, and religions built this country?

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