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Mike Quigley on Immigration

 

 


Declare Fair and Equal County for Immigrants

Mike is proud to stand up for the men and women who work every day to build and improve their adopted country. He knows that our economy and communities are stronger because of their contributions.

Mike has been a strong and tireless advocate for the rights of immigrants in Cook County--and will take that same fight to Congress. He'll stand up to the extremists in Congress who try to use immigrants as scapegoats and whose harsh policies would divide spouses, parents and children. Mike will fight for the rights of families to stay united here in America.

On the Cook County Board, Mike co-sponsored a resolution declaring our community a "Fair and Equal County for Immigrants," which ensures that government services and benefits cannot be denied to a person based on immigrant status.

Mike fought for passage of the Matricula Consular bill, giving many immigrants the chance to open bank accounts and register their children for public school.

Source: 2010 House campaign website quigleyforcongress.com, "Issues" , Oct 30, 2011

Allow more visas for STEM college graduates.

Quigley co-sponsored Attracting the Best and Brightest Act

Source: HR6412/S3553 12-HR6412 on Sep 14, 2012

Voted to legalize DREAMer immigrants via military service.

Quigley voted NAY Gosar Anti-DACA Amendment to H.R. 5293

Congressional Summary: The House voted on an amendment by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) to H.R. 5293, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2017. The amendment would prohibit funds from being used to extend the expiration of, or reissue a new expiration date to, the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program.

Recommendation by Heritage Foundation to vote YES:(6/16/2016): The MAVNI program is a pilot program authorizing "military services to recruit certain legal immigrants whose skills are considered to be vital to the national interest." However, a DoD memo has made it clear that DACA/DAPA recipients are eligible under this program, essentially opening up a pathway to amnesty for illegal aliens who enlist. By ensuring that this guidance ends, DOD will no longer be able to enlist illegal immigrants through MAVNI.

Recommendation by the ACLU to vote NO: (6/28/2011): The DREAM Act promotes fundamental fairness for young people by allowing access to affordable post-secondary education and military service opportunities, regardless of immigration status, and would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, have lived here for at least five years and have graduated from high school. The DREAM Act could result in billions of dollars in additional tax revenue from tapping the potential of DREAM-eligible students and future service personnel. Since September 11, 2001, more than 69,000 immigrants have earned citizenship while serving, and more than 125 who entered military service after that date have made the ultimate sacrifice in war by giving their lives for this nation.

Legislative outcome: Failed House 210 to 211 (no Senate vote)

Source: Supreme Court case 16-H5293 argued on Jun 16, 2016

Provide lawyers and evidence for children being deported.

Quigley co-sponsored H.R.4646/S.2540

This bill authorizes the Department of Justice (DOJ) to appoint or provide counsel at government expense to aliens in removal proceedings.

  • The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shall provide an alien in removal proceedings with all relevant documents in its possession, unless the alien has knowingly waived the right to such documents.
  • DOJ may appoint or provide counsel to aliens in any INA proceeding.
  • DHS shall ensure that aliens have access to counsel inside all immigration detention and border facilities.
  • DOJ shall appoint counsel, at government expense if necessary, for an unaccompanied alien child or a particularly vulnerable individual.
  • DHS shall establish a pilot program to increase the court appearance rates of unaccompanied alien children and particularly vulnerable individuals by contracting with nongovernmental, community-based organizations to provide such aliens with case management services.
    Source: Fair Day in Court for Kids Act 16-HR4646 on Feb 26, 2016

    Increase both high-skill and family-based visa caps.

    Quigley co-sponsored the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act

    Legislative SummaryThis bill increases the per-country cap on family-based immigrant visas from 7% of the total number of such visas available that year to 15%, and eliminates the 7% cap for employment-based immigrant visas. It also removes an offset that reduced the number of visas for individuals from China. The bill also establishes transition rules for employment-based visas from FY2020-FY2022, by reserving a percentage of EB-2 (workers with advanced degrees or exceptional ability), EB-3 (skilled and other workers), and EB-5 (investors) visas for individuals not from the two countries with the largest number of recipients of such visas. Of the unreserved visas, not more than 85% shall be allotted to immigrants from any single country.

    Explanation from the Countable.US: Under the current immigration system, immigrants from any one country can claim no more than 7% of the 140,000 employment-based green cards issued annually to foreign nationals working in the U.S. This significantly disadvantages immigrants from larger countries that more immigrants come from.

    For example, China (population 1.3 billion) and India have large backlogs of workers wishing to immigrate to and work in the U.S., but they have the name visa caps as countries such as Iceland or Estonia (population 1.3 million), which have both much smaller populations and far fewer citizens seeking to immigrate to the U.S.

    The net effect of this is that immigrants from India and China can face decades-long waits, averaging 2-3 times the wait times for immigrants from other countries, for green cards, and many have to return home because they can't get permanent residency; meanwhile, countries such as Iceland and Estonia never come close to reaching their visa limit caps.

    Legislative outcome Roll call 437 in House on 7/10/2019 passed 365-65-2; referred to Committee in Senate 7/9/2019; no action as of 1/1/2020.

    Source: S.386/H.R.1044 19-HR1044 on Feb 7, 2019

    Let illegal alien children attend school.

    Quigley signed American Dream Act

    • Amends the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to repeal the denial of an unlawful alien's eligibility for higher education benefits based on state residence unless a US national is similarly eligible without regard to such state residence.
    • Cancels the removal of conditional permanent resident status of an alien who:
      1. entered the US before his or her 16th birthday and has been present in the US for at least five years immediately preceding enactment of this Act;
      2. is a person of good moral character;
      3. is not inadmissible or deportable under specified grounds of the Immigration and Nationality Act; and
      4. at the time of application, has been admitted to an institution of higher education or has earned a high school or equivalent diploma.
    • Authorizes an alien who has satisfied the appropriate requirements prior to enactment of this Act to petition the Secretary for conditional permanent resident status.
    Source: H.R.1751 2009-H1751 on Mar 26, 2009

    Sponsored bill limiting non-visa entries by country.

    Quigley sponsored limiting non-visa entries by country

    A BILL: To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to extend the authority of the Secretary of Homeland Security to waive certain requirements under the visa waiver program for an additional 2 years.

      Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, [that] Section 217(c)(8)(A)(iii) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1187) is amended--
    1. by striking 'June 30, 2009' and inserting 'June 30, 2011'; and
    2. by striking 'July 1, 2009' and inserting 'July 1, 2011'.
      [Section 217(c)(8)(A)(iii), in its pre-amended context, appears below]:
    • (8) Nonimmigrant visa refusal rate flexibility
    • (A) Certification
    • (i) In general: On the date on which an air exit system is in place that can verify the departure of not less than 97% of foreign nationals who exit through airports of the US and the electronic travel authorization system required are in place.
    • (ii)The Secretary shall notify Congress in writing of the date on which the air exit system fully satisfies the biometric requirements specified.
    • (iii) Temporary suspension of waiver authority: if the Secretary has not notified Congress by June 30, 2009, the Secretary's waiver authority shall be suspended beginning on July 1, 2009, until such time as the Secretary makes such notification.
    • (B) Waiver: the Secretary may waive the [rules] for a country if--
    • the totality of the country's security risk mitigation measures provide assurance that the country's participation in the program would not compromise the law enforcement, security interests, or enforcement of the immigration laws of the United States;
    • the country cooperated with the Government of the United States on counterterrorism initiatives, information sharing, and preventing terrorist travel.
    Source: Immigration and Nationality Act Amendment (H.R.2954) 2009-H2954 on Jun 18, 2009

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