Since our nation’s founding immigrants have been arriving on our shores and borders in pursuit of the limitless hope and promise that is the American Dream. Immigrants, from every corner of the globe, brought with them the new ideas and relentless work ethic that helped shape our society and lay the foundation on which this great nation is built.
For generations, America was viewed as a beacon of hope and opportunity for immigrants and so many people around the world. However, alarmingly, the reality today is much different as the Trump Administration has advanced divisive policies that have sown chaos on our southern border and have imperiled the well-being of immigrants and their families. But Joe refuses to back down to Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric and is fighting back against his misguided immigration policies.
In August of 2019, Joe visited El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico where he met with immigrants in detention centers, humanitarian aid workers, Customs and Border Patrol officers and witnessed firsthand the immigration crisis facing our nation. This experience reinforced Joe’s commitment to comprehensive immigration reform and creating a real pathway to citizenship for law-abiding immigrant families.
In Congress, Joe has co-sponsored the following legislation:
HR 541 Keeping Families Together Act
Would restrict the Department of Homeland Security from taking children from their parents at the southern border.
HR 3452 Help Separated Families Act
Would take new steps to prevent the permanent separation of children from their immigrant parents.
HR 3799 Reuniting Families Act
Would improve the family reunification process by reducing visa backlogs to provide humane and timely family reunifications.
HR 6 Dream and Promise Act
Would provide a pathway to citizenship for eligible Dreamers who entered the U.S. under the age of 18.
HR 2214 NO BAN Act
Would repeal the three versions of President Trump’s Muslim ban, strengthen the Immigration and Nationality Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion, and would limit overly broad executive authority to issue future travel bans.
HR 2146 GRACE Act
Would raise the annual refugee admissions floor from 30,000 to 95,000, a crucial step towards preserving the state of the refugee resettlement program.
HR 590 Freedom of Religion Act
Would prohibit religious discrimination in our immigration system.