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.
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With the U.S. facing a court deadline to reunite immigrant families separated at the southern border, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo took the Trump administration to task for what he called a “despicable” process.
Noting that more than 900 of the more than 2,500 children taken into custody haven’t been reunited with their families, Cuomo said “this situation is either gross incompetence or it’s a purposeful gauntlet of pain.”
Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), Rep. José E. Serrano (D-NY) and 13 additional New York bicameral members of Congress have written to top immigration enforcement officials demanding answers on the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) and ICE’s abrupt policy to substitute in-person hearings for video conference calls at its processing center in Lower Manhattan.
(WASHINGTON) — Progressive Democrats introduced a bill in the House Thursday that would shut down U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) within one year of enactment – part of a movement that has growing support but that’s also getting criticized by moderate Democrats as well as Republicans.
House Speaker Paul Ryan was incredulous: “They have really jumped the sharks on the left.”
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Congressman Serrano Speaks Out Against Family Separations on the Border
Congressman Serrano spoke out against President Trump’s inhumane family separation policy during the Appropriations Committee Full Committee mark up ofthe FY2019 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill. Congressman Serrano also became an original co-sponsor of the Keep Families Together Act,which has over 190 Democratic co-sponsors and no Republican support. The Keep Families Together Act would:
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s controversial “zero-tolerance” immigration policy has a weak spot: It is using the Defense Department as a crutch to cover shortfalls in prosecutors, in detention facilities and in enforcement personnel.
Now House Democrats hope to exploit that vulnerability with a slew of proposed amendments—for the $675 billion defense appropriation bill expected to receive floor consideration this week—aimed at rebuffing Trump’s plans.
Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Jose E. Serrano, Ranking Member of the Commerce Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee, sent a letter earlier this week to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis in strong opposition of the Trump Administration’s decision to allocate lawyers from the Department of Defense to the Department of Justice to serve as temporary U.S. Attorneys.
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.
House Democrats have sent a letter demanding hearings in all relevant committees on Trump’s policy of separating children from their parents at the border.
Here is the letter that was written by 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):
Dear Chairmen Frelinghuysen, Culberson, Cole, and Yoder:
FLUSHING, QUEENS -- A Queens immigrant father quickly captured New Yorkers' attention after https://patch.com/new-york/flushing-murray-hill/ice-arrest-queens-father-green-card-interview-spurs-rally for being torn from his wife and young children in a green card interview. Now, he's caught the ear of at least a dozen U.S. congress members.
President Donald Trump said Friday he won’t sign a House Republican immigration plan that would curb his administration’s widely criticized policy of separating children from parents seeking asylum at the U.S. border.
The draft bill being circulated Thursday would provide money for Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall and allow provisional legal status for young undocumented immigrants who had been brought to the U.S. as children. Beneficiaries could apply for a new merit-based green card, a stepping stone to citizenship.