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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

Apr 17, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, April 17, 2018) -- U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), U.S. Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), and U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) have led all Senate and House Judiciary Democrats in a letter condemning recent actions by the Justice Department undermining basic due process protections for immigrants.

Apr 12, 2018 Press Release

Seven House Democratic national security leaders sent a letter to Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Defense Secretary James Mattis to oppose President Trump’s recent decision to deploy National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Mar 27, 2018 Press Release

Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s decision to include a question about citizenship in the 2020 Census:

Mar 14, 2018 Press Release

On Wednesday, 83 House Democrats released a letter they signed to House Leadership in both parties and to Appropriators calling for the Dream Act to be attached to the Omnibus spending bill the House will vote on this week or next.  The lawmakers also asked that the government funding bill be free from increased spending on immigrant deportation and detention and free from further border militarization. 

 

The letter states:

Mar 8, 2018 Press Release

Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) released the following statement on Justice Department Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to eliminate a requirement for those seeking asylum to have a full hearing before an immigration judge:

Mar 6, 2018 Press Release

Mr. Chairman, I believe the consideration of the issues underlying this bill is timely, but unfortunately misguided.  This Committee should examine pretrial services and bail issues with the goal of reforming our Nation’s bail system, not for the purpose of protecting the use of money bail, which is unfair to the indigent, unproductive, and expensive for American taxpayers.

 

Feb 27, 2018 Press Release

Today, in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the Ninth Circuit's ruling requiring that immigrants subjected to prolonged detention be given a custody hearing, Immigration and Boarder Security Subcommittee Ranking Member Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), along with Subcommittee Democratic Members Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), and Jamie Raskin (D-MD), joined with House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) in issuing the following joint statement:

Feb 26, 2018 Press Release

Yesterday, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) released the following statement:

Feb 14, 2018 Press Release

Today, ahead of House Judiciary Republicans’ politically divisive Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee hearing entitled “The Effect of Sanctuary City Policies on the Ability to Combat the Opioid Epidemic,” House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Vice Ranking Member Jamie Raskin (D-MD), and eight other House Judiciary Democrats sent a letter to Chairman Bob Goodlatte, urging him to hold a real hearing to appropriately examine the ongoing opioid epidemic in America.

In their letter, the Members wrote,