Press Release ● Miscellaneous
For Immediate Release: 
June 1, 2020
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on Immigrant Heritage Month:

“I join in commemorating Immigrant Heritage Month and honoring America’s role as a haven for those around the world seeking freedom, safety, and opportunity.  Our nation was built by immigrants, with each new wave of newcomers injecting new energy and ideas into the project of making America great and greater still.  That is why it is not only so disheartening that the Trump Administration has waged a war on immigrants and immigration but also ill-advised.  If we stop welcoming talented and hardworking immigrants to our country, we risk losing their intellect, inventiveness, and labor to our global competitors.  If we stop welcoming immigrants fleeing violence, extreme poverty, and tyranny, we risk dimming that great ‘lamp beside the golden door’ that has shone a light of welcome to new Americans for generations.  
 
“As the son of an immigrant myself, I know firsthand how important it is that we support immigrant families once they arrive here, making sure they know they have opportunities to thrive as new Americans and as part of their new communities.  That’s why the Democratic-led House will continue to do its part to oppose the Trump Administration’s effort to shut down legal immigration, deny essential services to those who are not yet citizens, and denigrate the contributions to our economy and national security by those who were not born here.  It is why we passed H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, to ensure that immigrants brought here as children can stay in the America they call home with a pathway to citizenship.  Later this month, I hope the Supreme Court will deliver a victory to Dreamers, which would be a very timely ruling to benefit immigrants and their families. 
 
“As we celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month, let us do so with a renewed determination to honor those who are contributing so much to America - including as front-line health care personnel and other essential workers during this pandemic - and welcome them and their families today and in the future.”