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.

Immigration Related
The Trump Administration’s new policy of rejecting asylum claims out of hand for those fleeing gang warfare or domestic violence violates international law and runs counter to our values as a nation.
7/12/18
I am outraged by reports that the Trump Administration has failed to meet a federal judge’s deadline for reuniting all of the children under the age of four years old who were separated from their parents at the border.
7/10/18
On Tuesday, we sent a letter, also signed by members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, to the Attorney General and Secretaries of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services requesting answers to a series of critical questions about the status of separated children in their custody.
6/29/18
This week, the House overwhelmingly rejected Republican leaders’ anti-immigrant proposal brought to the Floor yesterday. This partisan bill did not protect DREAMers or resolve the Trump Administration’s family separation crisis at the border.
6/29/18
On Tuesday we sent a letter, signed by members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, to the Attorney General and Secretaries of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services requesting answers to a series of critical questions about the status of separated children in their custody
6/29/18
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer released a video today showing House Democrats on the House Floor denouncing the Trump Administration’s cruel family separation policy.
6/28/18
Once again, Republican leaders put a partisan immigration bill on the Floor, and it failed.
6/27/18
It’s another day in the paradise that is the GOP-led House. Republicans are preparing to vote on their second anti-immigrant bill tomorrow that they know won’t pass. It’s as if they aren’t even embarrassed by these headlines anymore…
6/26/18
I believe that the justices got it wrong in this case. 
6/26/18
I want to thank Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith and Rep. Pramila Jayapal for introducing the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act, legislation I am cosponsoring to repeal mandatory detention for those awaiting immigration or asylum hearings, address substandard conditions at immigrant detention centers, and phase out the use of private detention facilities. 
6/26/18
Today, House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD), Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01), and twenty Congressional Hispanic Caucus Members sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar demanding answers on the status and well-being of children separated from their parents at the border and detained by federal agencies.
6/25/18
Today, 290 days after President Trump unnecessarily ended the DACA program, Republican leadership refuses to bring bipartisan legislation to the Floor to protect DREAMers and take action to resolve the crisis created by the Trump Administration’s cruel family separation policy.
6/22/18