The United States is a country built on the contributions of immigrants and their families seeking the American Dream. As an immigrant myself, I have had the privilege to experience this first hand and witness just how much immigrants enrich our society.
Throughout my tenure in Congress, I have strongly supported comprehensive immigration reform as the solution to fixing our Nation’s broken immigration system. Congress must come together to pass legislation that addresses the issue in a fair and compassionate way while acknowledging the causes of illegal immigration into country, such as the widespread violence in Central America, and work with our neighbors in the Western Hemisphere to find solutions.
Since the beginning of his campaign the President has used hateful rhetoric to target immigrants. As President, this has continued in numerous executive actions, including limiting visitation from specific countries, pausing the acceptance of refugees, and terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. I am extremely disappointed that the President has turned his back on the foundation of our country as a nation of immigrants and seeks to build walls between communities. Divisive language and policies will only aggravate the problems facing our immigration system while weakening our economy and national security.
I am extremely opposed to all of these actions and have cosponsored numerous pieces of legislation in an attempt to counter the President’s attempts to divide us. Among these pieces of legislation is the bipartisan H.R. 3440, the DREAM Act, introduced by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA). This extremely popular piece of legislation would enable millions of undocumented young people, who came here as children and know no other home, to enter a pathway to citizenship. This pathway would be open to law-abiding DREAMers who meet a series of qualifications and would take approximately 8-13 years. H.R. 3440 has widespread bipartisan support and I am disappointed that Speaker Ryan has ignored requests to hold a vote on it.
Congress can no longer ignore the problems in our immigration system that harm those who are seeking a better life free of poverty, war, and violence. We must come together to craft reform that will resolve the flaws in our current system to create one that will treat all people equally, humanely, and compassionately.
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Last week in Washington, I attended hearings on all three committees that I serve – Budget, Foreign Affairs, and Transportation – as well as served my first Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere hearing as the Chairman. The House of Representatives also passed legislation addressing the President’s national emergency declaration, gun control, and the future of STEM education.
(Washington, D.C.) – This evening, the House of Representatives voted on a resolution that would terminate President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border. The resolution, which was introduced by Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and cosponsored by Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ) passed by a vote of 245 to 182.
Last week in Washington, I was assigned to the House Committee on the Budget and introduced legislation addressing health research and international human rights. I met with New Jersey community colleges, members of Local 2369 from the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition and Transportation Energy Partners, and other important stakeholders. Additionally, I cosponsored a resolution to overturn President Trump’s harmful emergency declaration.
(Washington, D.C.) - Congressman Sires released the following statement after President Trump announced he would be declaring a national emergency to divert funds to construct a border wall:
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires released the following statement following the President’s State of the Union Address last night:
“Last night, the President made a sweeping speech addressing a range of issues essential to the American public and called for greater unity in government. However, in his speech, he failed to present real achievable solutions that will bolster American security, prosperity, and well-being.
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires released the following statement leading up to the President’s State of the Union Address:
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires issued the following statement after the announcement of undocumented workers being terminated at several Trump National Golf Club locations:
(Washington, D.C.) - Congressman Sires released the following statement regarding President Trump’s address to the American people:
The action in Washington continued this week as Congress attempted another vote on immigration legislation. Both the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs reviewed numerous pieces of legislation in markups, and I met with delegations from around the world to discuss critical issues that affect our communities.
(Washington, D.C.) –Today, Congressman Sires joined 300 of his Democratic and Republican colleagues in rejecting H.R. 6136, the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act, a supposed compromise bill drafted by Speaker Paul Ryan and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA).