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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

Jun 20, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler and House Homeland Security Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson, released the following joint statement on President  Donald Trump’s family separation executive order:

Jun 19, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) led more than 190 House Democrats in introducing the Keep Families Together Act, H.R. 6135, legislation to end family separation at the U.S. border. In addition to Rep. Nadler, original House cosponsors of the legislation include: Subcommittee on Immigration Ranking Member Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Rep. Ted W. Lieu (D-CA), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) and House Democratic leadership.

Jun 13, 2018 Press Release


Washington, D.C. –Today, during a House Judiciary Committee markup,  House Judiciary Committee Democrats called for hearings on the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, which has led to a surge of family separations at the border and recent policy changes to strip asylum protections from domestic violence survivors.

May 16, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee released more than 2,500 pages of documents related to its investigation into the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between top Trump aides and a delegation of Russians who promised to help the Trump presidential campaign:

May 7, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, issued the following statement on the Trump Administration’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for over 50,000 Hondurans:

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.