Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Immigration Reform
The United States is a nation of immigrants, and we recognize the contributions made by Americans who came to this country from all over the world to make a new home.

The United States is a nation of immigrants, and we recognize the contributions made by Americans who came to this country from all over the world to make a new home. That’s why House Democrats continue to work for common sense, comprehensive, and balanced immigration reform: reform that secures our borders, respects the rule of law, and provides immigrants with a fair chance of achieving the American Dream. Comprehensive reform would be good for the American economy and help our fiscal outlook.

For four years, former President Trump and his Administration instilled fear in immigrant communities by splitting families apart with his inhumane family-separation policy and by ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was established under the Obama Administration to protect Dreamers, immigrant children brought to the United States by their parents through no fault of their own. He also illegally redirected billions of dollars in funding from our military to pay for a border wall that even many in his own party said would be too expensive and ineffective.

President Biden took quick action to restore the DACA program, end wasteful spending on the ineffective border wall, and reaffirm America’s values. Democrats will partner with the Biden Administration to fix American’s broken immigration system and ensure that it strengthens America and grows our economy.

Immigration Reform Related

"The U.S. Citizenship Act is a major step toward achieving the kind of immigration reform long overdue for our country. 
2/18/21
On his first day in office, President Biden took immediate action to reverse some of the Trump Administration's worst policies targeting immigrants. 
2/2/21
I'm proud to have brought the Dream Act to the House Floor in 2010 as Majority Leader and worked to secure its passage, recognizing the contributions that Dreamers make to our nation and providing them with a pathway to citizenship.
12/8/20
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after a federal judge ruled in favor of restoring the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: 

12/4/20
These whistleblower allegations, if confirmed, would reveal one of the most stunning and horrendous violations of human rights at the hands of an American administration in modern history.  We have already seen reports that conditions in these immigration detention facilities are unsanitary and that detainees lack access to even basic human and medical needs, including reports of toxic pesticides being used on detainees. 
9/15/20
Today, the House passed legislation, sponsored by Rep. Pramila Jayapal, to ensure that the principle of defendants’ access to counsel is protected in immigration proceedings.
7/22/20
This memorandum is reprehensible, ignoring the Constitution’s clear directive that ‘the whole number of persons in each state’ be counted. 
7/21/20
This morning’s decision by the Supreme Court rejecting the Trump Administration’s effort to rescind the DACA program is a major victory both for Dreamers and for the American people, as we all benefit from their contributions to our nation. 
6/18/20
Thanks to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, 800,000 Dreamers – young people were brought here as children and have done nothing wrong – have been able to remain in the only country they know as home and contribute to our economy and our nation’s future.
11/12/19
The Trump Administration’s policy of turning away desperate and frightened families who are escaping mortal danger is cruel, runs counter to our nation’s values, and is an abuse of presidential power. I strongly disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the ban to be implemented while litigation continues, and I am deeply concerned that families who are fleeing deadly violence and persecution and seeking refuge under our nation’s laws will be not be permitted to apply for asylum at our border.
 
9/11/19
This nation was, in large part, built by the legal immigrants who arrived on our shores seeking a better life.  That’s why maintaining a strong legal immigration system is so important and beneficial: immigrants contribute to our economy by creating jobs and strengthen our communities by giving back.
8/12/19
I was very disappointed that Republicans blocked legislation last night that would have provided Temporary Protected Status to those fleeing Venezuela as a result of the Maduro regime’s brutality and the violence and hardships that have characterized his rule.
7/25/19
The humanitarian crisis that the President’s policies have created at our southern border and in detention facilities across the countries is unconscionable, which is why the Democratic-led House took action today to ensure that those held in U.S. custody are not denied their basic human rights. 
7/24/19
Our asylum laws, enacted by Congress on behalf of the American people, are clear: those fleeing horrific violence or disaster are permitted to present themselves at our borders and ask for an asylum hearing. 
7/15/19
Though the Supreme Court has decided to take up the case of the nearly 800,000 Dreamers next year, Congress and the Administration must not wait that long to fix this problem.
6/28/19
Tonight, the House passed a bill to address the urgent humanitarian situation at our border that this President created with his deeply flawed policies. 
6/25/19
Good evening, and thank you so much for this honor. I am deeply humbled and I am proud to share this year’s justice award with my friend Representative Pramila Jayapal.
6/20/19
One of the strengths of the Congress of the United States is the diversity of experience, disciplines, and expertise that our Members have.
 
6/12/19
Once again, this President is trying to circumvent Congress and our Constitution by appointing someone as acting head of an agency who would not be confirmed by the Senate to that post and who is grossly unqualified for it. 
6/10/19
This week, I was proud that the House passed legislation to protect Dreamers and those with temporary protected status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status.
6/7/19
This is a day that glories what America is to the world: a place of refuge, a place of safety, a place of opportunity. We lift our lamp beside the golden door.
6/4/19
While we certainly need to have a conversation about reforming our immigration system to attract the full range of immigrants ready to contribute to growing our economy, President Trump’s proposal is based on a set of falsehoods aimed at only allowing immigrants from certain favored nations or backgrounds.
5/16/19
"After President Trump failed to secure funding from Congress for his expensive and ineffective border wall, he declared that he intends to subvert the will of Congress and the American people and take funds away from our military and other defense priorities to pay for it. 
5/10/19
Today marks one year since the Trump Administration instituted its family separation policy, ripping children from their parents’ arms at the border. 
5/7/19