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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

Dec 7, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - This resolution is yet another last minute stopgap measure that fails to provide solutions that hardworking Americans need from the people who represent them. We still have a long list of priorities to resolve. Congress has not voted on the DREAM Act to allow individuals who were brought to the United States through no fault of their own to stay in the country. We need to provide funding to combat the opioid and heroin crisis, and we need to stabilize health care marketplaces so that premiums do not skyrocket.

Oct 18, 2017 In The News

In a new series called “Our Representatives,” Morning Shift is reaching out to all 26 House members and senators in Washington that represent the people in the WBEZ listening area. In this first installment, host Jenn White talks with Illinois Democratic Congressman Bill Foster.

Sep 17, 2017 In The News

A roundtable discussion in Aurora on President Donald Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program Saturday examined the impact of the policy change on local communities.

Sep 5, 2017 In The News

Moments after Trump effectively put an end to Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Illinois Congressman Bill Foster (D-11), condemned the decision. Foster, who represents Illinois District 11, said, "the President fails to appreciate the important contributions these Americans make to our country’s rich diversity and economic prosperity."

Sep 5, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement on President Trump’s decision to end the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program.

Jun 29, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) reintroduced a resolution supporting DREAMers in the military. The resolution calls on the Secretary of Defense to authorize DREAMers to serve in the armed services. Allowing DREAMers to serve would improve military readiness and let young people who grew up in the United States serve the country they call home. Congressman Foster co-led the resolution with Congressmen Jared Polis (D-CO) and Juan Vargas (D-CA) with eighteen additional original cosponsors.

Mar 6, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - “Once again, the Trump administration has unleashed another poorly thought out and misguided executive action. This new ban on individuals from six predominantly Muslim countries targets individuals simply because of their country of origin and religion. As a recent report from the Department of Homeland Security explained, the largest threat to Americans comes from ‘homegrown’ terrorists who have been alienated and radicalized by exactly the kind of hatred and bigotry that Trump's statements and executive actions amplify.

Feb 24, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Foster (D-IL) announced his guest for the upcoming Joint Session of Congress. Samia Abdul-Qadir attends Naperville North High School. She was a participant in Congressman Foster’s recent community discussion on the effect that President Trump’s attempts to ban travel from several Muslim-majority countries have had on the local Muslim community and the fear those actions have provoked.

Feb 13, 2017 In The News

Aadil Farid believes something good has come from President Donald Trump's now-stalled ban on travel to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Feb 9, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC - This week, Congressman Foster (IL-11) and Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) introduced two bills to protect the rights of immigrants. The legislation would protect immigrants’ legal rights and right to an attorney. The Protecting Immigrants from Legal Exploitation Act (H.R. 912) would impose a fine and possible jail sentence for offering fraudulent immigration legal services. The Immigrant Detainee Legal Rights Act (H.R.