During Thursday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Chris Jansing Reports,” Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Illinois) said the Biden administration should grant all migrants in the country work permits and temporary protected status ( TPS) which she recently extended to Venezuelans, and said that “I’ve heard this from immigrants from North Africa, from Afghanistan, from Ukraine, it’s essential.” And we also need diplomacy “to end these crises in these home countries and stem the tide.”
Quigley said: “I am seeing the effects of the migrant crisis in my hometown of Chicago, and I traveled to New York with my colleagues last Friday. I think the president just did something that will be the most important tool. Obviously, he has to fund them – provide the resources to provide shelter, food, schooling and health care to these migrants, but he simply allowed Venezuelans to immediately apply for work permits. Do you want to empty the shelters? Let these people work. I met a lot of migrants, they all want to work. They want to pursue the American dream. They know the inscription on the Statue of Liberty and they remind us that the Statue of Liberty doesn’t hold a stop sign.
Host Chris Jansing then asked, “So you think this can work beyond New York, would you like to see this happen in Chicago?” »
Quigley responded: “I think it needs to happen everywhere. I think it’s part of the American dream. I think these tools are within our reach. Get rid of shelters with work permits and give them status, not just for Venezuelans, but for everyone. I’ve heard this from immigrants from North Africa, Afghanistan, Ukraine, it’s essential. And I think the last thing is the diplomatic efforts that need to be made to end these crises in these home countries and stem the tide. »
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