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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Mar 23, 2020 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY- Following ten of her constituents being brought home after being stranded in Morocco due to COVID-19, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) issued the following statement praising the State Department’s action and urging the continued work to bring home every American stranded abroad due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Mar 11, 2020 In The News

House Democrats are asking the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for its contingency plans for a possible coronavirus outbreak in migrant detention facilities. 

Mar 11, 2020 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY– Following the announcement that Chin Mei Tsui has finally been released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) issued the following statement. 


Mar 9, 2020 Press Release

NEW YORK,  NY– Following Governor Andrew’s Cuomo announcement that he issued a pardon to Chin Mei Tsui, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) issued the following statement. 


“New York State is standing with Chin and I commend Governor Cuomo for his leadership on this issue. I couldn’t be happier for Chin, his loved ones, and his supporters at the Transgender Law Center. I strongly advocated for Chin’s pardon and am working to ensure his swift release from ICE detention. I will not stop until he is a free man, and we finally bring him home.” 


Feb 19, 2020 In The News

Following reports that Customs and Border Protection failed to issue significant discipline for employees who participated in a Facebook group that spread racist and xenophobic messages, House Democrats are demanding more information from the Homeland Security Department.  

Feb 18, 2020 In The News

The House Oversight Committee accused U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials on Tuesday of "stonewalling" an investigation into a secret Facebook group made up of current and former Border Patrol members which contained offensive content about migrants.

Jan 31, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Congressional leaders called on Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf to immediately halt implementation of the Trump Administration’s new asylum programs, Prompt Asylum Claim Review (PACR) and the Humanitarian Asylum Review Process (HARP). These programs do not help asylum seekers but instead systematically deny them due process, leave them in life-threatening circumstances, and ultimately deny the opportunity to justly seek asylum in the United States.

Jan 23, 2020 In The News

The House Oversight and Reform Committee on Thursday requested the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provide lawmakers with information about the separation of migrant children from their parents.

Jan 18, 2020 Newsletter

Dear Friend,


This has been an historic week – with the House sending the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate and the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate voting to become the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. On Monday, the House passed my bill to prevent corporate executives from taking advantage of a loophole that currently allows them to trade on information before it’s made public and I introduced a bill to ensure a greater number of employees are entitled to accommodations in the workplace to pump breastmilk.


Jan 17, 2020 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY-  Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today led members of the New York delegation in a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) demanding answers regarding the status of Yuen “Chin” Mei Tsui’s release from ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) custody and why his immigration court hearing was abruptly postponed.