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
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
America was founded as a place of refuge for those fleeing persecution, violence, and disaster.
4/30/19
As a member of the House's Bipartisan Legal Advisory Committee, I voted today to direct the House General Counsel to initiate a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for illegally moving appropriated funds from other priorities to pay for his border wall, which Congress has not authorized. 
4/4/19
I am relieved that Liberians living in the United States under Deferred Enforced Departure will have their status extended for another year, following a request I and other Members made to the President last week. 
3/28/19
Today, House Republicans were given a choice between allowing President Trump to usurp Congress’s power of the purse with an unjustified emergency declaration to fund his border wall or to stand up for the principle of separation of powers in our Constitution. 
3/26/19
Today, House Democrats, led by Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Nydia Velázquez (NY-07), and Yvette Clarke (NY-09) will introduce H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019.
3/12/19
Thank you, [Committee on House Administration] Chair [Zoe] Lofgren, a critical leader on the issue of immigration in our country, one of the most knowledgable folks in our country on immigration.
3/12/19
This week, the House passed a privileged resolution to terminate President Trump’s emergency declaration at the border. The President’s declaration violates the Constitution and our system of checks and balances.
3/1/19
This issue is not about a wall. It is about the Constitution.
2/26/19
Today, the House will vote on a joint resolution to terminate President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border. Opposition is building to the President’s decision to circumvent the Constitution in order to build a border wall that Congress has refused to fund.  
 
2/26/19
Thank you very much, Congressman [Joaquin] Castro, Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi, Whip [Jim] Clyburn, and the Members who stand behind me.
2/25/19
We’re not the only ones who oppose President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the border.
2/25/19
Declaring a national emergency would be a violation of the spirit of the laws Congress enacted to deal with actual emergencies by allowing an extraordinary circumvention of our Constitution’s framework of checks and balances.
2/14/19
This weekend, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) visited Texas and New Mexico with Congresswomen Veronica Escobar (TX-16), Xochitl Torres Small (NM-02), Deb Haaland (NM-01), and Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05) to meet with migrants, advocates, and border law enforcement personnel.
2/12/19
There's still negotiations going on between the two sides, between the two [chambers], and hopefully they will reach an agreement, hopefully they will reach an agreement soon.
2/11/19
Today, President Trump will head to El Paso, Texas for a campaign rally to divide and demagogue in order to make his case for his costly, ineffective border wall.
2/11/19
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) visited Texas and New Mexico on Saturday with Congresswomen Veronica Escobar (TX-16), Xochitl Torres Small (NM-02), Deb Haaland (NM-01), and Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05). 
2/10/19
I am glad that a federal judge today acted to prevent the Trump Administration from tampering with the 2020 Census.  Our founding generation created the decennial census in order to ensure an accurate count of all those living within our borders, subject to our laws, and participating in our economy.
1/15/19
I am heartbroken by the tragic news that another child has died in the custody of federal agents. It is incumbent upon Congress to ask serious questions about what happened and who bears responsibility.
12/26/18
Tonight, President Trump and Republicans chose to end their House Majority the way they have governed over the past two years, rejecting bipartisan compromise and embracing extremism, to the detriment of our country. 
12/21/18
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) appeared on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" this evening to urge President Trump and Congressional Republicans to work with Democrats to fund government and avoid another Trump shutdown. Below are excerpts from the interview and a link to the video. 
 
12/21/18
My view is we ought to pass the agreement that we all thought had been agreed to by all parties including the President of the United States.
12/21/18
What a sad day. Mr. Chairman [Rodney Frelinghuysen], I feel badly that you're leaving on this note.
12/20/18
The disaster of Republicans’ dysfunctional House Majority of the past eight years is on full display. 
12/20/18