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Congressman Mike Thompson

Representing the 5th District of CALIFORNIA

Immigration Reform

Immigrants are an important part of our district’s and nation’s history, culture and economy. However, our current immigration system is broken. There are more than 11 million undocumented residents living within our borders.

It’s time we fix our broken immigration system. We cannot do this through more piecemeal steps. We need to take a comprehensive approach that solves the whole problem.

We’re a nation of laws. And it’s important that we enforce those laws. Immigration reform must strengthen our borders and be fair to U.S. taxpayers.

We’re also a nation of immigrants. More than a million immigrants come to our country every year in search of greater opportunities for themselves and their families. They strengthen our nation and contribute to our economy. Reforms should allow immigrants to earn the right to join us as fully participating taxpayers. We should establish a streamlined program for temporary workers, and address unauthorized immigrants who are currently in our country by creating an earned path to citizenship that requires steps like passing a background check, paying a reasonable fine and back taxes, and going to the back of the line behind those who are playing by the rules while continuing to live and work in the U.S.

As Congress take up comprehensive immigration reform, I will work to include policies that will:
•    Strengthen our borders, provide the appropriate number of border patrol agents and supply them with the resources and technology they need to protect our land and maritime borders;
•    Focus enforcement of our immigration laws on criminals and national security threats, including transnational crime and drug traffickers;
•    Give local law enforcement more flexibility in complying with the Department of Homeland Security’s Secure Communities Program.
•    Expedite the naturalization process for our military personnel, veterans, and their families;
•    Reform our current seasonal worker visa program and give agricultural workers the ability to earn legal status provided they meet certain requirements, such as paying taxes and any fines;
•    Enact into law President Obama’s deferred action policy for individuals brought to this country as children, who are under the age of 30 and pose no criminal or security threat (the so-called DREAMers);
•    Provide immigration benefits to same-sex couples;
•    Reduce the backlog of visa applications that have been pending for extended periods of time, while ensuring that background checks are conducted to protect our national security.
Immigration reform is a top priority for our district and nation, and I will continue my work on comprehensive reform that strengthens our borders, is fair to taxpayers, allows children of immigrants to get a college education, provides an earned pathway to citizenship for families who’ve been here for generations, and establishes a guest worker program for those here doing the jobs Americans don’t want to do.

More on Immigration Reform

Nov 8, 2016 News Articles

Twelve new local United States citizens were honored Tuesday by the Napa County Board of Supervisors.

“What a special day, to recognize new citizens on Election Day,” said Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, who attended the morning ceremony.

Dec 4, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5) today voted against H.R. 5759, the House Republican’s legislative attempt to block President Obama’s recently announced executive actions on immigration.

Nov 21, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5) released the following statement on the executive actions announced tonight by President Obama on immigration.

“Our immigration system is broken and tonight the president took steps to help fix it. However, executive actions alone cannot fix our broken immigration system, nor are they a substitute for passing comprehensive immigration reform. Truly fixing our broken immigration system will require congressional action.

Sep 22, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5) today announced that the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving six northern California counties, has been awarded a $249,229 grant by the Department of Homeland Security to double its free citizenship education classes in Sonoma and Napa counties over the next two years.

Jun 16, 2014 News Articles

U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5) announced a $376,423 U.S. Education Department grant has been awarded to Mendocino-Lake Community College.

The grant comes from the Education Department’s College Assistance Migrant Program, or CAMP.

May 6, 2014 News Articles

Set aside for a moment, if you can, issues of Democratic and Republican politics, homeland security, official language and national identity – all the real but ephemeral concerns around which we organize our national debate on immigration reform, and think for a moment about tides.

Humans of every race, religion, skin color, language and political orientation have been migrating, like waves on the sea, across borders, mountains, deserts, oceans and mighty rivers since the beginning of recorded time.

May 6, 2014 News Articles

Fiery Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez stood before a crowd of some 100 North Bay Latino leaders at Chateau St. Jean Winery in Kenwood Saturday afternoon, and told them he would be leaving them shortly to go to the airport to catch a redeye flight back to Chicago.

“At 5 a.m., I’m going to get to my house, and my wife and my daughter and my granddaughter know I’m coming home. Doesn’t it break your heart that there are millions of people who don’t know their fathers are coming home?”

Apr 10, 2014 News Articles

Though the House Majority’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget was passed by the House today, Sonoma Valley’s U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson, who voted against it, said the Senate will not pass the budget, and if it did, the President would veto it.

“This reckless spending plan will kill jobs, end the guarantee of Medicare for America’s seniors, raises taxes on middle-class families while rewarding the wealthy and corporations that ship jobs overseas, gut our education system and make college more expensive for hard working families,” said Thompson.

Oct 9, 2013 Newsletters
Estimados amigos,

Estoy orgulloso en anunciar que soy coautor de H.R. 15, Acta de Seguridad Fronteriza, Oportunidades Económicas, y Modernización Inmigratoria. HR 15 es la versión bicameral de la Cámara de Representantes del proyecto de ley para reforma inmigratoria que fue pasado en el Senado.

Oct 9, 2013 News Articles
U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, has co-authored an immigration reform bill that is now moving through a House committee.

The bill, H.R. 15, is titled "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act."

It is the House version of the bipartisan immigration reform bill passed by the Senate, Thompson said.