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Immigration

Everyone agrees that our immigration system is broken, and that it has been broken for decades.  It does not work for American families or businesses.

In his second inaugural address, President Obama recognized that when this country has faced great challenges, we have always come together to find solutions that hold true to our core values and fundamental ideals.

The need to reform our broken immigration system is just such a challenge.  The need to bring millions of undocumented immigrants out of the shadows and onto a path to citizenship and to protect families from being torn apart is one of the most pressing civil rights issues we face today.

We all know the basic building blocks of any comprehensive immigration reform bill.  They have not changed in years.  The five key elements of any reform bill are:

  • improved efforts to further secure our borders;
  • the establishment of a mandatory electronic employment eligibility verification system for all employers—a reform that must be handled carefully and can only be accomplished as part of a broad legalization effort;
  • the ability for undocumented immigrants to come out of the shadows through an earned path to permanent residency and eventual citizenship;
  • reform of our employment-based immigration system by expanding high-skilled visas and creating lower-skilled temporary worker programs to meet economic needs; and
  • reform of our family-based immigration system to more quickly reunify close family members.

All five of these components are necessary not only because without them we do not have a bipartisan solution to this terrible problem.  All five are necessary because we cannot truly fix our broken immigration system if we do not fix the whole system from top to bottom.  We need to build an immigration system for the 21st century that works so well for businesses and families that people will be encouraged to go through our immigration system, rather than around it.

 
 

Letters Opposing H.R. 3009,  the "Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act"

 

Letters and Other Documents Opposing H.R. 1153,  the "Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act of 2015"

Letters and Other Documents Opposing H.R. 1147,  the "Legal Workforce Act"

Letters and Other Documents Opposing H.R. 1149, the "Protection of Children Act"

Letters and Other Documents Opposing H.R. 1148, "Michael Davis, Jr. in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act"

 

Letters and Other Documents Opposing H.R. 5759, an Anti-Immigrant Measure Proposed by House Republicans

Letters and Other Documents Opposing the SAFE Act

More on Immigration

Jan 18, 2018 Press Release

Today, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and the House Judiciary Committee – led by CBC Chairman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02) and Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10) respectively – introduced a resolution to censure President Trump for the racist “shithole” comments he made about Haiti and African countries during a bipartisan January 11, 2018, meeting on American immigration policy. The resolution currently has nearly 150 Democratic co-sponsors.

Jan 17, 2018 Press Release

Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY.) delivered the following remarks during the House Judiciary Committee’s markup of “H.R. 4170, the “ Disclosing Foreign Influence Act.

Jan 12, 2018 Press Release

Today, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) and House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) announced that they plan to introduce a censure resolution following the MLK holiday next week, in response to President Donald Trump’s comments on American immigration policy regarding Haiti and African countries during a January 11, 2018 meeting with Members of Congress.

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Richmond and House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Nadler released the following joint statement:

Jan 11, 2018 Press Release

Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) released the following statement after the Trump Administration and Scott Lloyd, Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), blocked the fourth young immigrant woman from obtaining an abortion:

Jan 10, 2018 Press Release

House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) welcomed Congresswoman Val Demings (FL-10) to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee and announced the new subcommittee structure for the second session of the 115th Congress. 

Jan 8, 2018 Press Release

House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) today released a joint statement with  Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Ranking Member Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), after the Trump Administration announced its decision to strip Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from Salvadorans:

“President Trump’s decision to strip Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from Salvadorans, many of whom have legally lived and worked in this country for decades, is shameful and wrong. 

Dec 22, 2017 Press Release

House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) today released a joint statement with  Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Ranking Member Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law Subcommittee Ranking Member David N.

Nov 15, 2017 Press Release

H.R. 170, the “Protect and Grow American Jobs Act,” as introduced, would increase the wage level that H-1B dependent employers must pay to avoid jumping through certain hoops in the H-1B immigrant visa program.  These are employers who heavily rely on foreign workers and have 15 percent or more of their workforce on H-1B visas. 

 

I did not support a predecessor bill last Congress because I did not believe it went far enough to prevent abuses in the H-1B program that have led to the displacement of American workers.