Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Democrats stand with DREAMers and are fighting to bring the DREAM Act to the Floor.

The United States is a nation of immigrants and we recognize the contributions that Americans who came to this country from all over the world have made. 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.

Meanwhile, President Trump and his Administration have worked to instill fear in communities by splitting families apart with his inhumane family separation policy and 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. In addition, President Trump continues to call on American taxpayers to foot the bill for an ineffective and costly border wall.

House Democrats have passed H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act to provide Dreamers and those with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status with a pathway to citizenship and the certainty they can remain here in the U.S. and continue to contribute to our economy and our nation’s future. We have also passed funding legislation to address the humanitarian situation created by President Trump’s reckless policies at the border as well as legislation to require all individuals in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody to receive an initial medical screening and set certain minimum standards of hygiene, nutrition, and shelter. We will continue to conduct strong oversight at the border to ensure that migrants are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve as they seek refuge in our country.

Democrats also believe the President and Congress should come together to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Comprehensive reform is not only the morally right thing to do, but it is also good for our economy and will help our fiscal outlook. According to the Congressional Budget Office, comprehensive immigration reform would reduce the deficit by $900 billion over the next twenty years, including $200 billion in the first decade alone. Comprehensive immigration reform is supported by a majority of Americans, as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the AFL-CIO, the agriculture community, the technology community, the faith community, and others.

Immigration Related
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. 
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. 
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.
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.
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.
This issue is not about a wall. It is about the Constitution.
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.  
Thank you very much, Congressman [Joaquin] Castro, Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi, Whip [Jim] Clyburn, and the Members who stand behind me.
We’re not the only ones who oppose President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the border.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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). 
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.
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.
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. 
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. 
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.
What a sad day. Mr. Chairman [Rodney Frelinghuysen], I feel badly that you're leaving on this note.
The disaster of Republicans’ dysfunctional House Majority of the past eight years is on full display. 
As Congress quickly approaches the December 21st deadline to fund the remainder of government, House Democrats are committed to working on a bipartisan basis to avoid another Trump shutdown.
I am heartbroken and deeply alarmed by news of a young child having died in the custody of U.S. Border Patrol.  This is an unconscionable lapse by border patrol personnel responsible for ensuring the safety of those in their custody. 
...The Republicans control the House, and they control the Senate. They could pass [legislation to fund government].