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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Washington, DC – Today, Representatives José E. Serrano (D-NY), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Don Beyer (D-VA), and Barbara Lee (D-CA) led a letter to the Trump Administration’s Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine C. Duke – to express their concerns over reports of repeated violations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials of existing policies regarding enforcement at “sensitive locations” (i.e.
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Congressman Serrano Leads Letter on Need for Comprehensive Emergency Supplemental for Puerto Rico
This week, Congressman José E. Serrano led a letter with 7 of his colleagues in support of a comprehensive relief and recovery effort by the federal government to help Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Texas, and Florida. The letter includes a number of important programs that must be funded in both the near and long term:
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Congressman Serrano Fight for Puerto Rico In the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria
September 20, 2017, BRONX, NY—Congressman José E. Serrano and Legal Services NYC are pleased to announce that Project Not Alone, a collaborative effort between Bronx Legal Services and Sauti Yetu Center for African Women & Families, has been awarded a competitive grant for continued funding to provide holistic legal and social services for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in the Bronx.
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Congressman Serrano Reaffirms His Commitment to Protecting DREAMers
Washington, DC – Congressman Serrano today released the following statement in strong opposition of President Trump’s decision to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in six month. Currently, 800,000 law abiding children and young adults benefit from the Executive Order:
Washington, DC –Today, on the 5th anniversary of President Obama’s DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, Congressman Serrano released the following statement urging people to unite and Congress to take action to defend the program:
Washington, DC – Congressman Serrano today voted against two anti-immigrant bills -- H.R. 3003, the "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act"; and H.R. 3004, “Kate’s Law” --and released the following statement:
WASHINGTON – Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) along with Reps. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ), Jose E. Serrano (D-NY), and Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY) released the following statement after introducing the West African Ebola Relief Act (H.R. 2597). The bill would extend Temporary Protected Status to individuals from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, who had their status terminated this weekend.
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman José E. Serrano reintroduced the "Child Citizen Protection Act,” legislation that restores discretion to immigration judges in cases where the best interest and well-being of a child that is a United States citizen will be impacted by the deportation of their immigrant parents or other family relatives. This legislation will help protect children, who are particularly vulnerable, from unwarranted and damaging separation from their parents or caregivers.