Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

Immigration

Throughout its history, immigrants have been a critical part of the culture and the economy of the United States.

Throughout its history, immigrants have been a critical part of the culture and the economy of the United States. Although, much of the current rhetoric surrounding the immigration debate focuses on the dangers of immigrants, Congressman Serrano thinks that it is important to recognize that the vast majority of immigrants, both those with and those without documents, are merely coming here in search of a better life for themselves and their families. The discussion about immigration should not be confused with the discussion catching criminals, whatever their citizenship or immigration status, and reducing crime.

The immigration system in the United States is currently in crisis, with large backlogs of immigrants waiting to enter the country and many undocumented immigrants living and working in the country. Congressman Serrano strongly supports a comprehensive immigration reform to address these issues, one that includes a path to citizenship for the undocumented, increases the number of people who can come legally to work and live in the United States, and is less punitive towards immigrants who have built lives here. Immigrants have helped to make the United States strong and Congressman Serrano thinks that we should continue to do what we can to welcome them and help them become integral parts of our society.

In the end, Congressman Serrano believes that the core of the immigration issue is about keeping families together, allowing them to come to the United States together and making sure they can stay together once they are here. To further this goal, Congressman Serrano has a bill called the Child Citizen Protection Act, which would help to keep the families of US citizen children together.

More on Immigration

Jun 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON — House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY), Commerce-Justice-Science Subcommittee Ranking Member José E. Serrano (D-NY), Labor-Health and Human Services-Education Subcommittee Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), and Homeland Security Subcommittee Ranking Member Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) today sent a letter to their Republican counterparts demanding a hearing on the use of federal funds for the Trump administration’s family separation policy.

Jun 12, 2018 The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC


Congressman Serrano Expresses Concern Over Commerce Agreement with Chinese Company ZTE

May 23, 2018 The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC


Congressman Serrano, Rep. Meng Introduce Amendment to Restrict Funding for Inclusion of Citizenship Question in 2020 Census

Mar 27, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman José E. Serrano, Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee, which funds the U.S. Census Bureau released the following statement regarding the Commerce Department’s  decision to include a question about citizenship status in the 2020 Census:

Mar 9, 2018 The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC


Congressman Serrano Introduces Hardest Hit Act with Rep. Clarke and Rep. Meeks to Address Public Housing Crisis

Congressman Serrano, Representatives Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09) and Gregory W. Meeks (NY-05), introduced legislation to provide public housing, foreclosure mitigation, and rental assistance grants through the United States Housing and Urban Development agency (HUD) with supplemental funding for state public housing authorities to ensure Americans have access to affordable housing.

Jan 23, 2018 The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC


Congressman Serrano Votes Against Short Term Continuing Resolution

Congressman Serrano opposed the numerous short term Continuing Resolutionsthat did not include sufficient disaster relief funding for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands or the DREAM Act. Watch Congressman Serrano’s discussion of the shut down and the CR here:

Jan 4, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Serrano, Ranking Member of the House Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee, and Congresswoman Grace Meng, a member of the subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over the Census Bureau and the Department of Justice, today released the following statement in response to reports that the Department of Justice has proposed including a new question in the next Census asking household members’ citizenship status.

Dec 19, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman José E. Serrano issued the following statement in response to the release of the Republican Disaster Supplemental:

“Although I appreciate the majority’s willingness to go well beyond what the Trump Administration requested, it does not go far enough to ensure that Puerto Rico can comprehensively rebuild in a sustainable manner.

Dec 18, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Bronx Representatives Serrano, Espaillat, Crowley and Engel today sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio urging him to prioritize LGBTQ community needs as he plans for his second term as Mayor. Among the recommendations, the members emphasized the need to open an LGBT community center in the Bronx – the only borough that doesn’t currently have one.