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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The subcommittee will come to order.
For our second hearing of the year, today we welcome James McHenry, the Director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review, or EOIR. EOIR primarily functions as our nation’s immigration court system, where it administers and adjudicates our nation’s immigration laws. Thank you for being with us, Director McHenry.
Washington, DC – Congressman José E. Serrano tonight released the following statement in response to President Trump’s State of the Union address in Congress:
WASHINGTON— Today, Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva, José Serrano and Don Beyer led a letter with 36 other Members of Congress to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging him to reaffirm the United States commitment to democracy in El Salvador and respect the results of the 2019 presidential election set for February 3. Their letter read in part:
WASHINGTON — Rep. Jose E. Serrano, House Appropriations Committee member and Chairman of the Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee today released the following statement on President Trump and Republicans’ agreement to temporarily reopen the federal government after 35 days of the Trump Shutdown:
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman José E. Serrano was elected Chairman of the Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) Subcommittee for the 116th Congress by the House Appropriations Committee’s Democratic members. The CJS Subcommittee oversees several important federal agencies, including the Department of Justice, the Department of Commerce, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Census Bureau, among others.
Washington, DC – Congressman José Serrano today released the following statement in response to the New York federal court decision blocking the Department of Commerce from including a citizenship question in the 2020 Census. Serrano is the top Democrat in the House Appropriations Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over the Department of Commerce and the Census Bureau:
The Bronx, NY – Congressman Jose E. Serrano today released the following statement in response to President Trump’s claims during an Axios interview that he can get rid of birthright citizenship on his own through Executive Action:
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Ros-Lehtinen, Serrano, and Menendez Issue Joint Statement in Response to UCLA Smithsonian Latino Inclusion Report
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.