Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Immigration
Democrats stand with DREAMers and are fighting to bring the DREAM Act to the Floor.

The United States is a nation of immigrants and we recognize the contributions that Americans who came to this country from all over the world have made. That’s why House Democrats continue to work for common sense, comprehensive, and balanced immigration reform: reform that secures our borders, respects the rule of law, and provides immigrants with a fair chance of achieving the American Dream.

Meanwhile, President Trump and his Administration have worked to instill fear in communities by splitting families apart and threatening to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was established under the Obama Administration to protect immigrant children brought to the United States by their parents through no fault of their own. In addition, President Trump continues to call on American taxpayers to foot the bill for an ineffective and costly border wall.

Democrats strongly oppose Trump’s reckless enforcement policies and believe that Congress must pass comprehensive immigration reform. Comprehensive reform is not only the morally right thing to do, but it is also good for our economy and will help our fiscal outlook. According to the Congressional Budget Office, comprehensive immigration reform would reduce the deficit by $900 billion over the next twenty years, including $200 billion in the first decade alone.

Comprehensive immigration reform is supported by a majority of Americans, as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the AFL-CIO, the agriculture community, the technology community, the faith community, and others. Democrats continue to urge House Republicans to allow the House to work its will and bring immigration reform legislation up for a vote.

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The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program represents America at its best: a nation that seeks justice and opportunity for those who were brought here as children and have grown up wanting nothing more than to live in the nation they love and contribute to building its future. 

8/31/17

On this fifth anniversary of the establishment of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, I’m proud to stand with DREAMers to demand that the President allow the DACA program to continue.

8/15/17

Donald Trump seems to believe that immigrants are a burden to our country; on the contrary, immigrants and their strong work ethic and entrepreneurship are what have made America the global economic powerhouse it is today. 

8/2/17

I was proud to be Majority Leader when we brought the DREAM Act to the Floor. This is about dreams, but it’s also about the American dream, the hope that America offers people.

7/28/17

Rep. [Ruben] Gallego, thank you very much for inviting us to this press conference. I had a colloquy on the Floor with the Majority Leader last week, and I asked him whether or not we were going to have the issue of the border wall that was going to be open for amendment and open for debate.

7/25/17

Today’s report on our nation’s fiscal and economic outlook by the Congressional Budget Office ought to raise serious alarms.  

6/29/17

I am disappointed that House Republicans passed legislation today that will make it harder for law enforcement to keep our communities safe. 

6/29/17

While the Trump Administration has announced it will continue President Obama’s #DACA, which marked its fifth anniversary this week, and allow DREAMers who were brought to this country as children to continue working here legally, his decision to end the DAPA program means that undocumented immigrant families will continue to live in fear of being split apart. 

6/16/17

A nation of immigrants. We say that, and we say it with pride. 

5/1/17

William Shakespeare famously declared that “past is prologue,” and the bard’s words ought to give us pause as we assess the first scene of this very strange play in which we now find ourselves as a nation. 

4/29/17

The Trump White House must not remember how the last shut down played out. With just four days in session before the April 28 deadline, reports indicate the White House and some Republicans are ready to shut down the government in order to fund their border wall. A look at some recent polling shows just how unpopular that would be with the American people:

From CQ Roll Call:

4/21/17

While glaringly short on detail, today’s release by the Trump Administration of its discretionary budget proposals makes clear what we suspected to be true: a Trump budget would embark on the most radical disinvestment in America we’ve ever seen.

3/16/17