Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

Representing the 8th District of New York

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Jul 23, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) highlighted the need for humane treatment of unaccompanied minors at the U.S. border and the importance of providing legal counsel during immigration proceedings.
Jul 16, 2014 Press Release
Congressmen Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8) and Steve Chabot (R-OH) introduced H.R. 5108, legislation that would establish in law, the Law School Clinic Certification Program of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This bill would expand the current program by removing its “pilot” status, making it available to all accredited law schools in the country that meet the program’s eligibility requirements.
Jul 15, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON – On July 11, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution that supports the State of Israel’s right to defend itself against unprovoked rocket attacks from Hamas, the terrorist organization based in Gaza.  

Jul 8, 2014 In The News
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8) joined Errol Louis on NY1's Inside City Hall to discuss the political gridlock in Washington, immigration reform and more.
Jun 27, 2014 In The News
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) called Speaker Boehner’s proposed lawsuit against President Obama over his use of executive orders a “political gimmick,” drawing comparisons between the Bush and Obama Administrations’ use of executive authority.
Jun 25, 2014 In The News

On MSNBC's "Ronan Farrow Daily," Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) discusses Congressional response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis at the southern U.S. border and his legislation, the Vulnerable Immigrant Voice Act of 2014 (VIVA) which would provide legal counsel for unaccompanied minors and disabled individuals in detention proceedings.

Jun 25, 2014 In The News

On MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes," Rep Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) discussed the flood of unaccompanied minors at the border and his bill, the Vulnerable Immigrant Voice Act of 2014. The legislation would provide counsel for unaccompanied minors and mentally disabled individuals in detention proceedings.

Jun 24, 2014 In The News
“It is virtually impossible to vindicate their rights under current law in the absence of counsel," said Jeffries. As it currently stands, unaccompanied minors can seek political asylum. Some children are also eligible for special immigrant juvenile status.
Jun 24, 2014 In The News
The Vulnerable Immigrant Voice Act comes as congressional committees prepare to hold hearings Tuesday and Wednesday on the crush of new arrivals from Central America. The measure is similar to a provision of a broad immigration bill that was approved by the Senate last year but has languished in the Republican-controlled House.
Jun 23, 2014 Press Release
“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).

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Oct 24, 2013 In The News
The family of a Brooklyn woman who died in a Brooklyn holding cell after cops reportedly refused to help the convulsing victim despite the pleas of other inmates for help filed an $11 million federal wrongful death lawsuit this week.
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Oct 22, 2013 In The News
"This was an unnecessary death and we have to get to the bottom of why this tragedy occurred," said Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn), who joined Livingston's mother, son and other supporters outside the courthouse.
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Oct 21, 2013 In The News
“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.
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Sep 30, 2013 In The News
“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.

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