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 and threatening to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was established under the Obama Administration to protect 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.

Democrats strongly oppose Trump’s reckless enforcement policies and believe that Congress must 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. Democrats continue to urge House Republicans to allow the House to work its will and bring immigration reform legislation up for a vote.

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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]. 
While we continue to wait and see if the President is going to take one of Democrats’ two compromise offers or shut down the government over his border wall, here’s a reminder for President Trump of how the American people feel about it:  
With 10 days left until the December 21 funding deadline, President Trump isn’t working across the aisle to keep government open. Instead, he’s declaring to the American people that he would be proud to shut it down if he doesn’t get his way:
The President has said last year, he's repeated this year, and he repeated three times today how he would be proud to shut down the government, that he was looking forward to, and he would shut down the government. 
If the government shuts down next week, Trump just admitted in the Oval Office that he will be the one to blame:

Good afternoon.  I’m excited to be here with CASA and this wonderful coalition of organizations working to protect America’s role as a refuge for those seeking freedom and opportunity.
We know there’s a lot going on this morning, but don’t let this one pass you by. Once again, President Trump is admitting he is prepared to shut down unified Republican government over his costly, ineffective border wall.
Today’s announcement is yet another indicator of this Administration’s inhumane and ill-conceived asylum policies.
Yesterday’s court ruling was a relief in the short term for refugees with temporary protected status, but Congress must still provide a long-term legislative solution
The Inspector General’s report released yesterday reveals an Administration that callously placed politics ahead of children’s lives and well-being.
As we celebrate the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, let us keep in our hearts the children who remain held in detention, alone and afraid.
mericans were rightly outraged at the heart-wrenching images of small children being taken from their parents at the border and detained in prison-like facilities.
One year ago today, President Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and threw the lives and futures of hundreds of thousands of young DREAMers into limbo. 
Today, Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD), Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chair Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01), and 18 Members of the CHC sent a follow-up letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions demanding answers about the number and status of children separated from their parents still held in detention facilities.
While today’s ruling will allow DACA renewals to continue, DREAMers, their families, and the communities they contribute to deserve to have long-term certainty that they can remain here.
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) sent a letter to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Lee Francis Cissna urging him to cancel his scheduled appearance to deliver remarks at an event hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), which has been cited as an “anti-immigrant hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Director Cissna is expected to join the group tomorrow, August 15.
The Trump Administration has now missed two court-imposed deadlines and failed to reunite separated children with their parents.
I thank the gentleman for yielding, and I thank the ICE agents for being present. It's unfortunate that our Republican colleagues are not present doing the business that cries out to be done.
The Trump Administration’s new policy of rejecting asylum claims out of hand for those fleeing gang warfare or domestic violence violates international law and runs counter to our values as a nation.
I am outraged by reports that the Trump Administration has failed to meet a federal judge’s deadline for reuniting all of the children under the age of four years old who were separated from their parents at the border.