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Immigration

We are a nation of immigrants, and I am proud of the heritage of inclusion that defines us all as Americans. Our country thrives on the innovation, culture, and diversity that immigrants from all walks of life bring to the United States. The United States has served as a beacon of hope and opportunity for people who seek a better life. History has not looked kindly on us when we have prevented people fleeing violence from seeking refuge in this country.

 

I support comprehensive immigration reform and policies that foster inclusiveness for everyone. I firmly oppose any attempt to make DREAMers feel unsafe, and I strongly condemn any attempt to demean individuals who seek a better life here. President Trump’s proposed wall with our southern border would be a waste of resources. That’s money that we should be spending on rebuilding roads and bridges, improving our schools, and putting people back to work. That money should not be spent on building a symbol of fear and division.

My Work on Immigration

May 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) and Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL) introduced H.R. 2430, the Protecting Immigrants from Legal Exploitation Act. The legislation would create penalties for those who provide fraudulent immigration legal services, allow immigrants who are victims of fraud to have their cases reconsidered under certain circumstances, and create grant programs to educate immigrants on how to avoid legal service fraud and to assist qualified non-profit organizations in providing immigrants with legal services.

Feb 15, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Foster (D-IL) issued a statement on President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency:

Feb 15, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement on the funding deal to keep the government open:

Feb 7, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) and Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL) introduced H.R. 1045, the Immigrant Detainee Legal Rights Act. The legislation would require immigration detention centers to inform immigrant detainees of their legal rights within five days of their arrival at the facilities. It would also require the Attorney General to develop and implement legal orientation programs in every detention center that houses immigrants.

Feb 5, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s State of the Union address:

Oct 30, 2018 Press Release

NAPERVILLE, IL – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after President Trump stated he wanted to end birthright citizenship:

Sep 28, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) announced his support for legislative measures to bolster the U.S. refugee program and ensure that the United States retains its reputation as a safe haven for individuals around the world. This month, the Trump administration announced a proposal to limit refugee admission to 30,000 people for fiscal year 2019.

Jul 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Foster issued the following statement on House Resolution 990:

Jul 10, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after his visit on Monday to a detention center in Chicago, Illinois for immigrant children who have been separated from their parents. 

Jul 9, 2018 In The News

A federal judge's order to reunite children under five years old with their parents will not be met in some cases, meaning about 50 children under five will be waiting even longer.

Monday, local officials visited some of the children in the Chicago area waiting to be reunited with their families. They shared that while the staff was loving and the environment was safe, it was not home.

It was a visit filled with emotion for Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-9th District) and Congressman Bill Foster (D-11th District).