Congressman Quigley Demonstrates Forceful Leadership for Humane Immigration Policies

June 13, 2014

Congressman Quigley Demonstrates Forceful Leadership for Humane Immigration Policies

The following is a statement by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) on Congressman Mike Quigley urging President Obama to enact more humane immigration deportation and detention policy

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) thanks Congressman Mike Quigley for his continued leadership on immigration reform.  Rep. Quigley has been a staunch advocate of comprehensive immigration reform and humane detention policies throughout his time in Congress. He has pushed Congress to pass a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants and fix America’s broken immigration system, which unnecessarily tears families apart, disrupts the workforce and drains economic resources.

Congressman Quigley’s June 12 letter to President Obama, co-authored with his colleague Rep. Suzan DelBene and co-signed by 56 of their House colleagues, calls on the Obama Administration to take such humane measures as making greater and more careful use of prosecutorial discretion in deportation cases as well as alternatives to detention for immigrants who can safely be released to the community from immigration custody.  In addition to this letter, the Congressman has offered amendments to the FY2015 Homeland Security Appropriations bill to protect undocumented immigrants from abuse in detention centers, reject unconstitutional Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers and end a mandated detention bed quota that wastes millions of dollars annually.

“Congressman Mike Quigley has demonstrated the type of strong leadership that is needed in the US House and our nation today,” said ICIRR’s CEO Lawrence Benito.   “He sets an example for Congressman Peter Roskam, who, despite serving as the Chief Deputy Whip for House Republicans and seeking to move up the House leadership ladder, continues to hide from his constituents instead of leading by taking a strong stance on real issues that affect our families and communities.