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 feasible nor humane 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.

We also must address the issue of family reunification.  I have personally advocated for and sponsored legislation, including my American Right to Family Act, that would 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.

I also firmly believe that we must find a way to ensure that DREAMers, who were brought to America as children and are law-abiding and contributing members of society, have a path to citizenship in this country, the country they know and call home. 

Finally, 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, their country of origin, or their faith.

More on Immigration

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?

Sep 5, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) issued the following statement following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement that the Trump Administration will rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program:

Feb 16, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON — As the nation braces itself against sustained attacks on immigrant families from the Trump White House, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) today announced plans to host an immigration policy forum entitled, “Navigating Today’s U.S Immigration Policy”. The forum will be held Thursday, Feb. 23rd at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), 10 W. 35th Street at 5:30 p.m. The announcement was made in support of “A Day Without Immigrants” protests that have taken place in Chicago and other parts of the country.

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