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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

Aug 2, 2017 Press Release

House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) and Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Ranking Member Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) today released the following statement on President Trump’s announcement of support for the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act:

Jul 26, 2017 Press Release

House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers (MI-13) today gave the following statement during the hearing  of  H.R. 391, the “The Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act.”

H.R. 391, the “Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act,” is unfortunately yet another anti-immigrant measure premised on rhetoric and misinformation. 

Notwithstanding the bill’s short title, H.R. 391 does nothing to reform our Nation’s asylum system.  In fact, it dismantles it. 

Jun 29, 2017 Fact Sheets

H.R. 3003, No Sanctuary for Criminals Act

H.R. 3003 is an anti-immigrant, enforcement-only proposal that represents another step in Trump’s Mass Deportation plan.  A full fact sheet is available here.

Jun 29, 2017 Press Release

House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers (MI-13) today gave the following statement on the House floor in opposition to "Kates Law" (H.R. 3004).

Ranking Member Conyers: 

Members of the House, H.R. 3004 is an anti-immigrant, enforcement-only proposal that represents yet another step in President Trump’s Mass Deportation plan.  This legislation significantly expands the federal government’s ability to prosecute individuals for illegal re-entry and attempted re-entry into the United States. 

Jun 29, 2017 Press Release

House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers (MI-13) today gave the following statement on the House floor in opposition to the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003).

Ranking Member Conyers: 

M. Chair, I want to be clear at the outset of debate that this legislation does nothing to make our communities safer.  And it does nothing to improve our immigration system.

Jun 26, 2017 Press Release

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House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) and Subcommittee on Immigration Ranking Member Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) today released the following joint statement after the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would take up Trump’s Muslim and Refugee ban: 

May 18, 2017 Press Release

Through my time here in Congress, I have seen many legislative fights and stood up against many injustices.  And yet through it all I have always found comfort in the values and ideals of this great nation.

But these past few months have been especially troubling.  From refusing to investigate the President for potential ties to Russia, to denying health insurance to millions of Americans—I am left wondering what this Congress stands for.

May 9, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chairman Cedric Richmond, CBC Member At-Large Yvette D. Clarke, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr., and CBC members Mia Love, Frederica Wilson, and Barbara Lee issued the following joint statement concerning reports that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is gathering evidence of crimes committed by Haitian beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status for use in potentially refusing to renew Haiti’s TPS designation: