Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

Representing the 8th District of New York

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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 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).
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.
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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.
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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.
Jun 5, 2014 In The News
“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."

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Sep 6, 2013 In The News
Sep 5, 2013 In The News
Rep. Jeffries appeared on MSNBC’s The Cycle to discuss his views on military intervention in Syria and to weigh in on the current debate both in the Democratic Caucus and in his Congressional District.
Sep 4, 2013 In The News

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats, torn over involving the United States in another unpredictable Middle East war, are emerging as a major barrier to President Obama’s plan to strike Syria.

Sep 2, 2013 In The News
The congressman from the 8th District of New York Hakeem Jeffries in the delegation of Congress recently visited Israel. The task of the delegation was to determine the current problems in the Middle East ally, the United States and, above all, support the next peace talks with the Palestinians.
Aug 26, 2013 In The News
Ray Baker talked with Brooklyn, NY Rep. Hakeem Jeffries during the August recess. This August recess was particularly busy for Jeffries. The freshman Congressman traveled, dealt with the issue of stop-and-frisk and held several events in his district. On the video below Baker talks to Rep. Jeffries on several issues.
Aug 23, 2013 In The News

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, New York Assembly Member Annette Robinson and community leaders called for the preservation of health care services at the Interfaith Medical Center on Wednesday morning. Feelings are running high as a coalition of community members and elected officials, including the Rev.

Aug 9, 2013 In The News
“The founding fathers set forth a House of Representatives that was designed to reflect the mood of the public and the passions of the people at the moment,” Jeffries explains. “And in 2010, the American people were angry. I believe the anger was manipulated in ways that allowed the Tea Party crowd to win elections. As a result, there were a whole lot of angry members elected all across the country.”
Aug 9, 2013 In The News
Jeffries called it "an important step in the right direction toward fundamentally changing our approach to rehabilitation and successful reentry into society."
Aug 7, 2013 In The News
Thirty of some of the most influential black New Yorkers for 2013-2014 – as recommended by a committee consisting of representatives from the NAACP, 100 Black Men, the Delta’s, New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, New York City Council Black Latino and Asian Caucus, New York Urban League, Association of Black Journalists and Harlem Arts Alliance:
Aug 5, 2013 In The News
Two freshmen, Reps. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) announced they were joining this week’s tour, which will include meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders as well as tours of U.S.-funded defense systems, including the short range Iron Dome anti-missile program.

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