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 30, 2017 Press Release

CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) joined over 160 of his House Democratic colleagues in introducing legislation to rescind and defund President Trump’s travel and refugee ban. The SOLVE, or Statue of Liberty Values Act, was introduced by U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) following widespread confusion and fear after the implementation of an unprecedented Presidential Executive Order banning refugees and individuals from seven majority Muslim countries.

May 17, 2013 Press Release
CHICAGO — Congressman Bobby L. Rush will keynote tomorrow’s 7th Annual Chicago African Summit and Resource Fair. The Summit will focus on critical issues affecting the African immigrant and refugee community both locally and nationally.
Mar 20, 2013 Press Release

CONTACT: Debra Johnson
(202) 679-0381

WASHINGTON — Today, Congressman Bobby L. Rush attended the Black Immigration Advocacy Rally to stand in solidarity and support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform that is inclusive of black immigrants and the black immigrant perspective.

Jan 29, 2013 Press Release

CONTACT: Debra Johnson
(202) 679-0381

CHICAGO — Congressman Bobby L. Rush released the following statement on President Obama’s call for comprehensive immigration reform:

“The President’s commitments to strengthen our country’s borders, hold employers responsible for hiring undocumented workers and a comprehensive legal immigration system will clear a path for every person seeking citizenship a chance to the American dream.”