Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

Representing the 8th District of New York

Press Releases

Jun 23, 2014 Press Release
Reps. Jeffries, Bass, Roybal-Allard, Chu, Gutierrez, Deutch and DelBene introduce H.R. 4936, the Vulnerable Immigrant Voice Act of 2014
“There is a growing humanitarian crisis at the border that worsens exponentially by the day. It is a serious problem, and it requires a serious response. Some of the children who have come to this country may not have a valid legal basis to remain, but some will. Yet, it is virtually impossible for a child to assert a valid claim under immigration law in the absence of legal representation. That is why we have introduced legislation to provide unaccompanied minors involved in immigration proceedings with access to counsel,” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08).
Jun 19, 2014 Press Release
“The need for increased research concerning PTSD extends to both military personnel and the broader community. High levels of violence in communities throughout America, like East New York and Brownsville, have created PTSD-like conditions for many subjected to this environment. Expanded research undertaken by the Department of Defense will benefit society and all those afflicted by this disorder,” added Rep. Jeffries.
Jun 11, 2014 Press Release
During a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on Federal Bureau of Investigation, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8) questioned the sole witness, FBI Director James Comey, on the agency’s response to gun violence in Brooklyn and throughout America. Watch the full line of questioning...
Jun 3, 2014 Press Release
“Time and time again, the Interfaith Medical Center found itself on life support over the last year. The community never gave up, and together we fought for our safety net hospital to be revived. The emergence from bankruptcy is a substantial step toward central Brooklyn finally getting the world class medical institution we deserve."
Jun 3, 2014 Press Release
“There is a psychopath on the loose in East New York who can strike again at any moment. Until the person or individuals responsible for these heinous crimes are apprehended, we need all hands on deck. The FBI should step up to assist the police department and our community during this urgent time of need,” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries.
Jun 1, 2014 Press Release
“The violent attack that has left one child dead and another seriously injured has shocked the conscience of an East New York community filled with hard-working residents. We must pray and support the family of Prince Joshua and do all we can to ensure that Mikayla fully recovers. On the heels of a random stabbing that killed an East New York woman on Friday evening, a crime that also remains unsolved, the community is on edge. The New York Police Department and all appropriate law enforcement agencies must deploy the maximum amount of resources necessary to find the person or individuals responsible for these brutal attacks and bring them to justice."
May 27, 2014 Press Release
“It is deeply troubling that the gaping racial disparity in marijuana arrests in New York City continues to persist. The police department promised change, but instead we have gotten more of the same,” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries. “The possession of small quantities of marijuana is either a crime or it is socially acceptable behavior. But it cannot constitute criminal activity for one group of people and socially acceptable behavior for another group of people when the dividing line is race. The current policy is unfair, undemocratic and unconscionable and it must end.”
May 5, 2014 Press Release
After 20 years, Coney Island Reach Project Will Help Begin Critical Restoration, Construct Rock Jetties and Beach Replenishment Along Brooklyn Shoreline from West 37 Street to Norton Point. Jeffries, Schumer, Gillibrand, Nadler Fought for Sandy-Relief Funds to Be Used for These Repairs.
“The devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy is indicative of the desperate need to restore and strengthen the South Brooklyn shoreline and surrounding infrastructure,” said Representative Jeffries (NY-8). “I applaud Rep. Nadler for his relentless commitment to getting this project underway for the last twenty years and I am pleased that funding from the Sandy relief compensation package will be used to construct T-groin structures, replenish the Coney Island beachfront, and mitigate damage from future storms.”
Apr 25, 2014 Press Release
“A year and a half later, thousands of New Yorkers are still struggling to rebuild their homes and businesses in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. It is perplexing to me, as a representative of some of the hardest hit communities in the City, that the Department of Housing and Urban Development would consider redirecting funds to areas outside of the Northeast absent significant consultation. Until the communities devastated by Sandy in New York and New Jersey have been fully rebuilt, the reallocation of federal resources should be off the table.”
Apr 9, 2014 Press Release
During a House Judiciary Committee Department of Justice oversight hearing on April 8, 2014, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8) questioned the sole witness, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, on the Administration’s response to gun violence in Brooklyn and throughout America. During the line of questioning, Congressman Jeffries observed that many of the illegal guns used to commit violent acts in Brooklyn come from other states, like Pennsylvania, and questioned Attorney General Holder on the Justice Department’s efforts to keep illegal weapons from being trafficked into inner-city neighborhoods.