“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 23, 2014 In The News
Thousands of the children are being held in detention centers and shelters, most of them in Texas and Arizona. But the impact can be felt in New York too, as these children try to reunite with families here. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries joined Diana Williams to discuss the ongoing crisis and his new legislation, The Vulnerable Immigrant Voice Act of 2014.
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 11, 2014 In The News
U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY-8), co-sponsor of the "Hate Crime Reporting Act of 2014," explains why it's time to update the 20-year-old congressional report on the role of telecommunications in hate crimes and what kind of speech could lead to hate crimes.
Jun 10, 2014 In The News
Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY 8th District), Reverend David Brawley (St. Paul's Community Baptist Church), and Andre T. Mitchell (Community Board 5, Man Up, Inc) joined BK Live to discuss crime and security in East New York.
Jun 7, 2014 In The News
After a weekend of deadly stabbings in East New York, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries requested assistance from the FBI to assist the NYPD with apprehending a vicious killer that brutally attacked two children at 845 Schenck Avenue, a 6-story building in the Boulevard Houses development.
Jun 5, 2014 In The News
U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), who represents the area, also issued a statement praising police. “I commend the police department for its work leading to this arrest,” he said in the statement. “Prince Joshua and Tanaya are in heaven. Let’s hope the police have apprehended a killer who is on his way to hell. “The hard-working people of East New York have been on edge since the brutal knife attacks that took place over the weekend. The arrest provides a measure of comfort, but this chapter will not be closed until this cold-blooded killer is tried, convicted and put away for life,” he continued.
“The senate bill was bi-partisan and did include a pay-for, in terms of the unemployment compensation. Speaker Boehner has indicated that the pay-for was inadequate and he also indicated that he wanted to see some sort of jobs package. The notion that the Speaker of the House is holding up the unemployment compensation legislation based upon his desire to see activity in the area of job creation is phony. It is a false narrative. The President has put forth the American Jobs Act, which would create infrastructure in transportation investment, as well as provide an opportunity for states to hire people in the fields of police protection, via an education. But the House has again failed to bring that bill to the floor. The only thing the House majority seems interested in with respect to job creation is the Keystone pipeline. But as the President has indicated, that project is under environmental review and we’re not in a position to move forward until we can be clear that the health and well being of the American people will not be jeopardized."
Jun 5, 2014 In The News
BROOKLYN — The Pratt Post Office has secured a new location after being forced to leave its former building, which was sold to developers in 2012, local politicians announced.
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“There are a great number of social and economic justice issues that I hope to confront during my time in Congress,” he continued. “But at the end of the day, what’s most important is for the record to reflect that I’ve gotten things done to improve the lives of the people I represent.”
Oct 19, 2013 In The News
On October 19, 2013, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries discussed race relations in American politics and the reaction to black political power on MSNBC's Melissa Harris Perry.
Oct 11, 2013 In The News
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries called the shutdown a “sad moment” in the nation’s history. He blames tea party extremists for the shutdown.
Oct 10, 2013 In The News
It is always a pleasure to have politicians visit Russian-speaking Americans; to listen to their concerns and answer their questions. Recently Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, who represents Congressional District 8, home to many Russian-speaking people, held a meeting with Russian–speaking leaders at the Shorefront Y.
“Rabbi Friedman is to thank for building bridges between various faith based communities, for years,” Mr. Jeffries added in words of praise for the host.
Sep 27, 2013 In The News
New Yorkers in the Borough of Brooklyn were fortunate to have free buses provided to bring down those interested in attending workshops, sponsored by congressional members Yvette Clarke, Hakeem Jeffries and Assemblyman Walter Moseley, so they could learn firsthand about what the caucus is about and participate in the many events that centered around the programs.
Sep 27, 2013 In The News
“It was not economical for the post office to shut down service in this area,” Jeffries said. “The challenge that we face, and part of what may have brought this situation out, is that in this area, we’re dealing with intense economic gentrification, and I’m confident that this landlord saw an opportunity to make more money. That’s a right in America, but a reality of the gentrification situation that we face [is] that even the post office is at risk of closing out.”
Sep 27, 2013 In The News
Jeffries was confident the post office would move to a nearby location. "But we're not going to let Uncle Sam, in the form of the Post Office, be gentrified out of this community," he said.
Sep 26, 2013 In The News
We've also highlighted elected officials including... Hakeem Jeffries (No. 72), whose bold leadership on issues impacting African Americans has resonance beyond their individual jurisdictions.
Sep 23, 2013 In The News
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries continues to seek a formal meeting with Governor Cuomo regarding the future of Interfaith. Jeffries spokesperson Stephanie Baez said the congressman has asked the governor’s staff for an extension of time in order to expand the Medicaid Waiver via the federal government for Interfaith itself. That Medicaid Waiver would be granted specifically for hospitals that are safety net hospitals, which Interfaith Medical Center is classified as one.
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