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Connolly Reintroduces the Lady Liberty Act

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Today, Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and former Executive Director of the US Committee for Refugees, reintroduced the Lady Liberty Act to require the President to set a goal of admitting no less than 125,000 refugees annually. Connolly was joined by more than 50 members of Congress. “No one chooses to be a refugee, said Connolly. “In t... Read more »

Connolly Joins Crow, Jayapal, Ruiz to Call on Biden Administration to End Private Immigration Detention Centers

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Today, Rep. Gerry Connolly (VA-11) joined Reps. Jason Crow (CO-06), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36), and 71 of their colleagues in calling on the Biden Administration to end contracts with private immigration detention centers. In a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary David Pekoske, the members applauded the steps President Biden took this week to ... Read more »

Connolly Demands Census Bureau Director’s Resignation

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Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Government Operations, demanded the resignation of Census Bureau Director Dr. Steven Dillingham, following a Commerce Department Inspector General memo found he pressured employees to pursue a technical report on the number of undocumented individuals in the United States. Connolly released the following statement: “Ev... Read more »

Connolly Joins Jayapal, 172 Members of Congress to Introduce House Resolution Condemning Forced Unnecessary Medical Procedures—Including Hysterectomies—Performed on Women in Irwin County, Georgia

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United States Representative Gerry Connolly (VA-11) joined Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Annie Kuster (NH-02), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Sylvia Garcia (TX-29) and Lois Frankel (FL-21) and 172 members of Congress in introducing a House Resolution today that urgently responds to numerous reports of unnecessary medical procedures—including hysterectomies—being performed on immigrant women without their ... Read more »

Members of Congress Urge DOJ Inspector General to Include Virginia Correctional Facilities in Ongoing Remote COVID-19 Inspections

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Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA), and Reps. A. Donald McEachin (D-VA), Morgan Griffith (R-VA), Bobby Scott (D-VA), Don Beyer (D-VA), Elaine Luria (D-VA), and Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General (OIG) urging the agency to include Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) Petersburg and United... Read more »

173 Members of Congress Urge DHS Inspector General to Immediately Open Investigation Into Startling Whistleblower Allegations Regarding High Rates of Hysterectomies Being Performed on Immigrant Women in Irwin County, Georgia

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Congressman Gerry Connolly (VA-11) joined Reps. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Judy Chu (CA-27), Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), Zoe Lofgen (CA-19), and 173 members of Congress today in urging the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Inspector General Joseph Cuffari to open an immediate investigation into new whistleblower allegations of mass hysterectomies being performed on women detained at the privately-... Read more »

Connolly Reiterates Demand for Release of ICE Detainees

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Yesterday, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, sent a letter to the Acting Director of U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement to request specific information on the health and safety protocols practiced at the Farmville Detention Center, and again demand the release of all detainees in ICE custody for the duration of the pandemic. Yesterday’s... Read more »

Bicameral, Bipartisan Resolution Condemns Discrimination Against Iranian Americans

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U.S. Representatives Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA) and Francis Rooney (R-FL) and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) led the introduction of a resolution denouncing discriminatory treatment of Iranian Americans. This bicameral, bipartisan resolution comes after earlier this year, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office on the U.S.-Canada border was found to have directed its agents to det... Read more »

Connolly Statement on Reports Trump Administration Is Considering Furloughs at USCIS

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Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Chairman of the House Government Operations subcommittee, released the following statement on reports that the Trump administration is considering furloughs at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. “I am concerned about reports that USCIS is considering furloughs due to a major funding shortfall. I am monitoring this situation closely, as some of the Trump A... Read more »

Connolly Statement Calling for the Release of Detainees At the Farmville Detention Center

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Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) released the following statement calling for the release of detainees at the Farmville Detention Center. According to the Washington Post, “As of Sunday, 61 people in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had tested positive for the novel coronavirus,” and Farmville has failed to adequately put into place social distancing procedures to protect d... Read more »

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