The Serrano Report - Volume XV, Issue #2
In Washington, DC
Serrano Joins Swearing-In Ceremony & Welcome Reception in Honor of the Hispanic Members of the 115th Congress
Congressman Serrano joined colleagues from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute inauguration of Caucus officers. More than 40 years old, the Caucus is dedicated to the issues that affect all Hispanic communities in the U.S.A.
Serrano and Velazquez Call for Pardons for Legal Permanent Residents at Risk of Deportation
Yesterday, New York Reps. José E. Serrano and Nydia M. Velázquez led a group of their Democratic colleagues in asking President Obama that, in his final days in office, he grant a pardon to Legal Permanent Residents who are at risk of deportation due to minor criminal offenses.
The letter notes that 100,000 to 200,000 families include green card holders who, while in the country legally, are in jeopardy of removal due to minor infractions, many of which occurred some time ago. Many immigrants have expressed fear that the incoming Administration will target individuals in this category for deportation.
“We’re asking President Obama to address the fears that many immigrant families have of a Trump Administration, where thousands of green card holders with minor criminal records will likely be at risk of deportation. A 20 year old conviction for turnstile jumping should not lead to deportation. Without action, these individuals could be forced to go back to a country they do not know and they may be separated from their spouses and children- leading to unnecessary emotional and economic harm. President Obama has previously used his executive authority to deprioritize the deportation of these individuals- we’re asking that he use his pardon powers to ensure their safety and security beyond January 20th,” said Congressman Serrano.
To read a full text of the letter, click here: https://serrano.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/members-congress-call-pardons-legal-permanent-residents-risk-deportation
Congressman Serrano Speaks Against Senator Sessions’ Confirmation as Attorney General
As the Senate considered Senator Session’s nomination to serve as the next United States’ Attorney General, US Congressman Jose Serrano spoke against the nomination:
“We can’t have an Attorney General nominee who doesn’t believe in civil and constitutional rights to oversee our country’s civil rights protections and protect our constitution. Jeff Sessions’ record speaks for itself: Senator Sessions supports taking away women’s rights to choose; voted against VAWA and LGBT protection; has spoken against Dominican Americans, putting down their contributions and capacity to succeed; and opposed major civil rights legislation, including important anti hate crime legislation. Senator Sessions does not reflect the values that make America great. Every American that believes in equality for all needs to take a stand against his nomination,” said Congressman Serrano.
Serrano Announces Decision Not to Attend Inauguration
Congressman Serrano announced this week his decision not to attend the inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump next week:
“I will not attend President Trump’s inauguration next week. I cannot celebrate the inauguration of a man who has no regard for my constituents. #Bronx,” said Congressman Serrano.