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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

Dec 14, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, led a letter signed by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Chairman Elect of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Rep.

Nov 26, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. –Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement regarding the closure of the San Ysidro Port of Entry: 

"Yesterday’s incident at our southern border is not a surprise, and this Administration’s shoot-from-the-hip border policies have only complicated the situation. 

Nov 9, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, issued the following joint statement in response to President Trump's illegal proclamation denying asylum to immigrants fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries: 

Oct 30, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. –Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement ahead of President Trump's expected Executive Order removing birthright citizenship for individuals born on U.S. soil:

Sep 24, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement in response to the Department of Homeland Security's release late Saturday evening of a proposed federal rule that would make it more difficult for legal immigrants to remain in the United States if they have used legal public benefits:

Sep 7, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, delivered the following remarks on the House floor in opposition to H.R. 6691, the so-called “Community Safety and Security Act”: 

“I must oppose H.R. 6691, the so-called ‘Community Safety and Security Act.’  This highly flawed bill is an example of why regular order and a meaningful deliberative process is essential to the crafting of legislation.