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

Dec 9, 2010 Press Release

WASHINGTON -- In an historic, late night vote last night, U. S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL-01) cast an historic "yes" vote in support of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act and, in so doing, this legislation moved another major step forward on its path to become the law of the land.

"For a whole generation of promising, young immigrants who were brought to this country at a very young age, the DREAM Act represents this generation’s most important march towards justice in their young lives," said Rush.

Mar 31, 2010 Press Release

CHICAGO–U.S. Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL01) will join U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on Thursday morning, April 1, for the kickoff of the national "We Can Help" public awareness campaign in the shadow of the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, located on the Chicago campus of the University of Illinois.  Local workers, advocates and community leaders will also be on hand. The event begins at 11 AM.

Apr 12, 2006 Press Release

WASHINGTON (April 12, 2006) Congressman Bobby L. Rush issued a statement today in regards to the groundswell of immigration rallies across the country: