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
In a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing today, Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) questioned Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about the administration’s inconsistencies in its justification for the strike that killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani and dramatically escalated tensions with Iran. Congressman Levin also called out Secretary Pompeo for damaging public trust amid growing concerns of a possible coronavirus pandemic.
Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) today released the following statement after voting to remove the deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment:
“The principle behind the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is basic, but profound: discrimination on the basis of sex is un-American and unacceptable. Now almost 100 years old, the ERA is a long-overdue measure both Republicans and Democrats have included as planks in their party platforms over the years.
Reps. Andy Levin (MI-09) and Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) led a letter signed by 107 House Democrats expressing disapproval of the White House’s deeply flawed proposal for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
The letter reads:
“A U.S. proposal that promotes unilateral annexation and jettisons a real two-state solution is bad for Israel, for the shared values that have historically undergirded the U.S.-Israel relationship, and for the bipartisan consensus in the U.S. on the importance of that relationship, which Israel has long understood to be a crucial strategic asset.”
Congressman Andy Levin, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today spoke on the House Floor in support of H.Con.Res.83, a War Powers Resolution limiting the President’s military actions regarding Iran.
Read the full transcript below:
Congressman Andy Levin, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today released the following statement:
“Yesterday, as soon as I arrived back in Washington, I read the President’s classified notification to Congress about the strike that killed Qasem Soleimani. I listened to the President’s address to the nation this morning, and I attended a classified briefing by Secretary Pompeo and others this afternoon.
Congressman Andy Levin, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today made the following statement:
“Since my first days in Congress, I have been working to end unauthorized wars. Today, I am very concerned that the president is on the verge of starting an unauthorized war with Iran.
The House of Representatives today passed a package of spending bills that grants critical funding for domestic priorities and international assistance and prevents a government shutdown.
Two provisions authored by Congressman Andy Levin, vice chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, were included in the package of bills.
Congressman Andy Levin, vice chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, and Congresswoman Susan Davis, chair of the Committee’s Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment, today sent a second letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos demanding answers on the Department’s intervention into the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle Eastern Studies curriculum for what may be political reasons. The Department’s intervention follows a pattern of behavior that prioritizes political goals over academic freedom.
A section of the letter reads:
Congressman Andy Levin today affirmed his strong support for a two-state solution for democratic, Jewish Israel and a democratic Palestine by voting for H.Res. 326.
Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) last night led a letter signed by 107 House Democrats rebuking the State Department’s decision to reverse decades of bipartisan U.S. foreign policy on Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
The letter reads:
“In ignoring international law, this administration has undermined America’s moral standing and sent a dangerous message to those who do not share our values: human rights and international law, which have governed the international order and protected U.S. troops and civilians since 1949, no longer apply.”