America’s history is rooted in the strength of immigrants.  New Yorkers have a special understanding of how America’s melting pot can create a rich tapestry of ethnic, cultural and religious traditions that infuse vitality into the economic and social aspects of our communities. Throughout her time in Congress, Congresswoman Maloney has made immigration issues a priority, and she strongly believes that by protecting the rights of workers, securing the border, and modernizing our pathway to legal immigration, the hope that we can fix a broken system will become a reality.  Congresswoman Maloney will continue to fight in Congress to provide a pathway to citizenship, keep families intact, create a level playing field, and improve the nation’s economy.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Congresswoman Maloney is a strong proponent for comprehensive immigration reform. That is why she was an original cosponsor of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. This comprehensive immigration reform bill was a bipartisan effort to address the deep rooted immigration problems in this country. The bill includes provisions to enhance border security, protect our workers, unite families, and offer hardworking immigrants an earned pathway to citizenship. It also reforms our visa programs and our interior enforcement. While the bill passed in the Senate, it was never brought to a vote on the House floor. Congresswoman Maloney continues to support this legislation and advocate in Congress to get it passed.

Providing a Pathway to Citizenship: Many immigrants came to America with their parents at a young age and have lived here as contributing members of society for many years. We often refer to these children as “Dreamers”. Congress should work to provide these young law abiding residents a path to citizenship. That is why in 2010 Congresswoman Maloney voted for the DREAM Act, intended to establish a path to citizenship for the Dreamers. In addition, she has cosponsored many pieces of legislation that would provide immigrants a pathway to citizenship upon high school graduation by going to college or joining the military. She continues to work in Congress to ensure these immigrants have access to education and equal opportunity.

Keeping Families Together: Many families are separated when immigrant parents are deported, separating them from their children who were often born in the United States and are therefore U.S. citizens. In an attempt to implement family-based immigration policies, Congresswoman Maloney cosponsored the Reuniting Families Act, which would increase the number of visas given to immediate family members of U.S. citizens.

Improving the Nation’s Economy: Immigrants have played an important role in the growth of the United States’ economy since the foundation of the country. Congresswoman Maloney is in favor of legislation that will allow immigrants to seek high level employment. She supports immigration reform that would require immigrants to register for legal status as part of a comprehensive approach to integrate more people into the economy as workers, taxpayers, and consumers.

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More on Immigration

Sep 22, 2021 In The News

The House Oversight and Reform Committee is demanding answers on Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) treatment of Haitian migrants after agents on horseback were seen on video grabbing individuals trying to enter the U.S.

Sep 22, 2021 In The News

House Democrats on Wednesday demanded that Biden administration officials meet with members of the oversight committee by Friday to face questions about the treatment of Haitian immigrants at the Texas-Mexico border after videos showed mounted Border Patrol agents corralling and menacing migrants, sparking widespread outrage.

Jul 22, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), and Congressman Tim Burchett (R-TN) reintroduced the Passport Backlog Elimination Act, bipartisan legislation to eliminate the passport processing backlog created by the coronavirus pandemic. The members previously introduced the legislation during the 116th Congress.

May 17, 2021 In The News

Senior leaders at Customs and Border Protection failed to address sexist, racist and otherwise bigoted social media activity by their employees in recent years, according to a new report, which allowed a hostile environment to fester in the workplace. 

May 14, 2021 In The News

Dozens of Customs and Border Protection employees violated policies by posting offensive and unprofessional content on social media, including an anti-immigrant cartoon of children locked in kennels, according to a new government watchdog report.

The Homeland Security Department’s Office of Inspector General found that, from January 2016 through June 2019, CBP handled the cases of 83 employees who “posted or commented on inappropriate content on social media.”

Apr 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today went to the House floor to urge all her colleagues to join her in voting for H.R. 1333, the NO BAN Act. This important bill strengthens the Immigration and Nationality Act by barring discrimination on the basis of religion and blocks future presidents from abusing their authority by preventing executive overreach to enact similar travel bans in the future.


You can watch the Congresswoman’s floor speech here and a transcript is below:

Mar 18, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, after voting to pass H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY)  spoke on the House floor urging the Senate to quickly pass this bill that provides a commonsense pathway to lawful permanent resident (LPR) status and citizenship for Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients. The American Dream and Promise Act provides vital protections to up to 3.4 million immigrants, many of whom have spent much of their lives in the United States.


Jan 15, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — This week, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) joined 112 Democratic lawmakers in sending a letter lto President-elect Joe Biden to express their commitment to addressing immigration reform. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC)-led letter expressed that the Caucus and its allies  stand ready to build a more humane and fair immigration system that permanently protects Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status-holders, provides a stable labor force to fuel economic growth, and reunites parents and their children separated at our southern border.


Jan 14, 2021 In The News

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) is alleging that the Trump Administration is protecting dozens of border control officers involved in secret, racist Facebook groups. 

Maloney, chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, said Customs and Border Protection provided incomplete and overly-redacted documents in response to a subpoena for information related to social media activity, and a new subpoena is therefore imminent. 

Jan 11, 2021 In The News

Maloney speaking at an Oversight Committee hearing

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, has exchanged numerous letters and requests for documents and interviews related to the Facebook group and subsequent investigation by CBP’s internal affairs. GREG NASH/POOL VIA AP