Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York


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

Apr 20, 2020 In The News

New York City will be providing direct financial assistance to undocumented workers in response to the coronavirus pandemic using a $20 million donation from Open Society Foundations.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the New York City COVID-19 Immigrant Emergency Relief program on Thursday. A citywide network of community-based organizations and workers centers will distribute the funding to 20,000 workers to start. The disbursement will be broken down into the following amounts:

Jul 11, 2019 In The News

The Trump White House backtracked on a plan to add a citizenship question to in a press conference. Attorney General William Barr said there was no way “to implement any new decision without jeopardizing our ability to carry out the census.” 

Jul 9, 2019 In The News

The top House Democrat who oversees census funding said today he’ll oppose any federal dollars needed to reprint the questionnaire with the Trump administration’s citizenship question.

“I have no intention of allowing this flagrant waste of money,“ Rep. José Serrano (D-N.Y.), who chairs the House Appropriations Commerce-Justice-Science panel, said in a statement.

Mar 7, 2019 Press Release

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.

Feb 6, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman José E. Serrano tonight released the following statement in response to President Trump’s State of the Union address in Congress:

Jan 30, 2019 Press Release

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:

Jan 25, 2019 Press Release

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:

Jan 16, 2019 Press Release

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.

Jan 15, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DCCongressman 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:

Oct 30, 2018 Press Release

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: