Peace and Human Rights

As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and long-time human rights advocate, I am committed to fighting for civil and human rights for all people at home and abroad.

The U.S. must partner with our neighbors across the globe to maintain national security and peace, fight infectious disease, and tackle injustice. We have to keep our commitments and continue to invest in foreign assistance, without which we cannot hope to achieve a more peaceful and prosperous world. And we must always choose diplomacy and engagement over saber-rattling and war.

We must also fight immigration policies that violate the rights of those seeking safety in our country. Policies like separating families and detaining children are an abomination, and we must reunify families while affording people—especially those who have spent years living, working and paying taxes here—a fair, legal path to citizenship.

Immigrants in our communities also deserve not to be treated as a monolith, but to have their cases heard individually in immigration courts. That is why I introduced the bipartisan Deferred Removal for Iraqi Nationals Including Minorities Act to protect Iraqi nationals—including Chaldean Christians—who will face persecution for their religion, ethnicity or ties to America if they are forced back to Iraq against their will.

More on Peace and Human Rights

July 9, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing today, Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) questioned Michael Morell, former Acting and Deputy Director of the CIA under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, about reports of Russia paying bounties to Taliban-associated militants for the killing of American soldiers. Meanwhile, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, testifying before the House Armed Services Committee, disputed that he was briefed on “bounties,” but later said he was briefed on reports that Russia made “payments” to militants.

July 7, 2020 Press Release

WARREN, MI – Today, Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), Vice Chair of the House Education & Labor Committee, released the following statement after learning about the conditions of Mexican labor lawyer Susana Prieto’s release from jail:

June 25, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), stood in solidarity with his colleagues on the Congressional Black Caucus to pass the historic George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. He released the following statement:

June 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, released the following statement on the deportation of war criminal Toto Constant to Haiti:

June 18, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) and Michigan House Democrats today introduced legislation to increase access to critical FEMA funding for clean water and basic sanitation services during a public health emergency like the COVID-19 pandemic. The Water for Public Health Act expands the eligibility criteria for FEMA assistance during a public health emergency to include efforts by States to provide every individual with access to potable water and basic sanitation.

June 17, 2020 Press Release

Today, Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), vice chair of the House Education & Labor Committee, released the following statement in reaction to Governor Whitmer’s announcement that Michigan schools will reopen this fall:

June 12, 2020 Press Release

Today, Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), vice chair of the House Education & Labor Committee, released the following statement in response to disturbing events impacting workers in Mexico:

June 11, 2020 Press Release

Tonight, Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) hosted a Facebook Live Town Hall with Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist. The previous evening, Rep. Levin hosted a Telephone Town Hall with the Lt. Governor, engaging thousands of constituents across Michigan’s 9th District to discuss the State of Michigan moving into the next phase of the coronavirus response and the growing dialogue and demonstrations around racial justice.

Watch the Facebook town hall here.

June 8, 2020 Press Release

Today, Congressmen Andy Levin (MI-09) and John Moolenaar (MI-04) sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee leadership to request that the Committee schedule a hearing on the issue of Iraqi deportations and take up H.R. 2537, the Deferred Removal for Iraqi Nationals Including Minorities Act.

June 8, 2020 Press Release

Today, Congressmen Andy Levin (MI-09), Jamie Raskin (MD-08), and Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (MN-05) sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr to express grave concern over reports that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has been granted authority to conduct warrantless surveillance of Americans protesting in support of racial justice and an end to police brutality. The letter asks that the Department of Justice immediately rescind this authority and ensure that DEA activities do not exceed the scope of authority granted to the agency by Congress.