Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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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I am proud to co-sponsor this resolution of censure introduced today and thank Rep. Richmond and Rep. Nadler for their leadership. 
The Trump Administration’s immigration report, which paints a misleading picture of a nation under assault from foreigners seeking to bring terrorism, domestic violence, and economic drain to our country, has one goal: to distract from its failure to address the present DACA crisis.
I hope the Senate has reached some agreement, I don’t know what’s in the agreement. I know that Senator Durbin and Senator Graham had been working very hard, along with a number of their colleagues, on trying to reach an agreement to protect the DREAMers.
This week marked the beginning of the second session of the 115th Congress began, and we returned to face the same lengthy to-do list that Republicans left unaddressed at the end of 2017.
President Trump’s comments are racist and a disgrace.
I look forward to reviewing the details of the reported deal to ensure it protects DREAMers and does not harm unrelated immigration policy areas that should instead be part of a comprehensive immigration reform package.
[Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senator Dick Durbin, Senator John Cornyn, and myself] believe central to any action that we take is the protection of the DREAMers, making sure that they stay here in this country, the only country that they really know, and a policy that is supported by the overwhelming majority of the American public and I would suggest apparently supported [by President Trump] he was articulating his support of that with [Senator] Dianne Feinstein. 
Good afternoon. My name is Steny Hoyer, I’m the Democratic Whip in the House of Representatives and I’m joined by Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence from Michigan and by the Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Michelle Lujan Grisham from New Mexico.
While this injunction is important for recognizing the very serious harm posed by ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, it is only a temporary reprieve.
Today’s meeting at the White House was a positive step forward in that everyone in the room agreed that we must take action on DACA immediately; however, the statement issued by the White House is inaccurate.
The President’s decision to end temporary protected status for 200,000 Salvadorans who have sought refuge in this country is both misguided and dangerous.