Immigrants are an integral part of our nation’s history, culture, and economy. They strengthen America and contribute greatly to its success. However, our current immigration system is broken and needs to be fixed. Comprehensive reform that secures our borders while honoring our immigrant heritage is long overdue.
Unfortunately, this Administration has taken completely the wrong approach on immigration while, at the same time, contradicting the President’s stated views. The President has said he wants immigrants to follow our laws and be vetted by our government. But, in 2017, he revoked temporary immigration authorizations from vetted, law-abiding enrollees in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Dreamer), Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) programs. The President has said he wants to get dangerous criminals off our streets. But his Administration has spent valuable time and resources targeting children and families, asylum seekers and farmworkers.
Simply put, these cruel immigration policies hurt America. They undermine the trust and relationships local law enforcement rely on to effectively police our immigrant communities – making us all less safe. They damage our ability to attract top talent and valuable investment to our companies and universities. And they subject countless vulnerable people to unnecessary pain and hardship.
Congress must act to end this unprecedented assault against our immigrant community. Immigrants are our neighbors and colleagues, soldiers and first responders, doctors, lawyers, farmers and entrepreneurs. They deserve the opportunity to earn their own American Dream. That’s why I’m proud to be an original cosponsor of several immigration reform bills, including:
- Dream and Promise Act
H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019, would grant Dreamers conditional permanent resident status for 10 years, provide Dreamers who earn a college degree or serve in our military a pathway to lawful permanent residence, and give Dreamers access to federal student aid as well as professional, commercial, and business licenses. It would also grant TPS and DED holders lawful permanent residence.
- Agricultural Worker Program Act
H.R. 641, the Agricultural Worker Program Act of 2019, would establish a new “blue card” status for temporary agricultural workers. Undocumented farmworkers who qualify would be legally allowed to continue working in the United States and to upgrade to lawful permanent residence after three to five years depending on hours worked.
- Keep Families Together Act
H.R. 541, the Keep Families Together Act, would prohibit the Department of Homeland Security from taking children away from their parents, except in cases where the children are in danger. It would also protect asylum seekers and increase child welfare training for Customs and Border Patrol officers.
As a nation of immigrants, we have a responsibility to foster dignity and respect for all newcomers to America. Please know I’m committed to stopping this Administration’s horrific conduct and to defending the rights of immigrant communities across our district and our country. I will continue working with members of both parties, in the House and in the Senate, to enact comprehensive immigration reform that secures our borders and provides an earned pathway to lawful status for the millions of immigrants who work hard and play by the rules.
More on Immigration Reform
Washington – Today, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) and 43 members of California’s Congressional delegation wrote the President to condemn the transfer of $155 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Disaster Relief Fund to pay for Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention beds. The Disaster Relief Fund is one of our nation’s go-to reserves for responding to natural disasters.
Washington – Today Representatives Mike Thompson (CA-05), Doris Matsui (CA-06), Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), and Brad Sherman (CA-30) released the following joint statement after visiting a facility in Virginia that houses children separated from their parents at the border as a result of the Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy.
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative:
“I strongly condemn President Trump’s decision to end the DACA initiative, creating fear and confusion for the 800,000 DREAMers in the United States.
Questions or concerns about immigration policy? Join Reps. Mike Thompson (CA-05) and Jared Huffman (CA-02) for a Town Hall Meeting on Immigrations. Get answers and learn the facts from a panel of experts.
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: