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
Washington – Today, Reps. Mike Thompson (D-CA-05) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL-27) introduced the Support and Defend Our Military Personnel and Their Families Act. This bipartisan bill would make it easier for non-citizen servicemembers, veterans, and their families to become naturalized.
Questions or concerns about immigration policy? Join U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), CA Sen. Bill Dodd, and CA Asm. Cecilia Aguiar-Curry for a town hall meeting on immigration. Learn the facts and share your thoughts with a panel of experts from across our community.
Washington – Today, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) and nearly two hundred Democrats introduced a bill to prevent the President from banning refugees and Muslims from entering the country. Thompson is an original cosponsor of the Statue of Liberty Values Act 2.0 (SOLVE Act 2.0), which defunds the President’s Executive Order and states that it will have no effect.
Washington – Today, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) released the following statement about the President’s executive order banning Muslims and refugees from entering the United States:
U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Napa) wants the nation’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to stop wearing the word “police” on their jackets and vests when they are undertaking enforment operations.
He has been joined by 41 other lawmakers in calling for the change. Thompson represents parts of Martinez in the House.
“This is a matter of public safety,” Thompson said. “Suggesting ICE officers are members of local law enforcement undermines the relationships immigrant communities have established with police departments.”
Washington – Tonight, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) released the following statement after the President’s address to a Joint Session of Congress:
Washington - Today, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) led a group of 41 lawmakers in urging the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to cease displaying the word "Police" on jackets and vests during enforcement operations.
Washington – Today, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) cosponsored two bills to protect the rights of immigrants. The DREAMers, Immigrants, and Refugees (DIRe) Legal Aid Act would provide help the most vulnerable among us get legal assistance should they face detention or deportation. As we saw this weekend, hasty executive orders can leave even documented immigrants at risk.
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) cosponsored a bill to overturn and defund the President’s executive orders banning refugees and those from Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.
“These bans are not just anti-Muslim, they are anti-American,” said Thompson. “Barring refugees or members of any religion runs counter to our country’s principles, values, and history. I stand in strong opposition, and will do everything in my power to see they are reversed.
Washington - Today the President signed an executive action to force American taxpayers to pay for a wall along the Mexico border. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) released the following statement: