Immigration

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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Sep 6, 2019 Newsletter
Dear Friend, I had a great last week of the August District Work Period here in NYC and I’m ready to get back to Washington, DC on Monday to continue our work in holding the Trump Administration accountable and working on issues that are important to our community and city. Below are some highlights from the week.
Aug 9, 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friend,

As a nation, we are all still processing and grieving the tragic mass shootings that occurred over the weekend, as well as the latest of Trump’s cruel immigration policies. This week, I spent time with community leaders and spoke with many of you about what can be done in Washington to make our communities safer.

Communities Rally For Action to End Gun Violence

Jul 26, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement after voting to help pass H.R. 3239, Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection Custody Act.
Jul 3, 2019 Newsletter
Dear Friend, Ahead of tomorrow’s July 4th celebrations, I wanted to take the time to send out my weekly update. It may have been a shorter work week, but it was busy nonetheless.
Jun 26, 2019 Press Release

“Like many Americans, I am horrified by the suffering inflicted upon children and families at the border. The humanitarian crisis created by the Trump Administration’s inhumane policies requires an extraordinary response. I voted for passage of the emergency supplemental funding bill because it delivers immediate help to the children currently being held in detention centers.

Jun 22, 2019 In The News
Immigration agents are expected to fan out across 10 cities, including New York, as early as Sunday with sweeping raids targeting people who are in the country illegally.
Jun 21, 2019 Press Release
Washington, DC – Following news that the Trump Administration is planning a mass roundup and deportation of migrant families in cities across the country, including NYC, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement.
Jun 7, 2019 Press Release
Following reports that pregnant migrant women are being unfairly targeted and mistreated by federal immigration and law enforcement agencies, Congresswomen Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Veronica Escobar (D-TX) are calling for Congressional hearings to investigate how the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy is affecting these vulnerable women.
Jun 7, 2019 Newsletter
Dear Friend, It was another busy week in Washington, DC and here in New York. I’m proud to report we had two big wins in the House of Representatives this week. We sent a disaster relief package to the President’s desk for his signature and we passed the American Dream and Promise Act to finally give Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders a real pathway to citizenship. More on this and other updates below.
Jun 4, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC -- Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement after voting for final passage of H.R. 6, The American Dream and Promise Act,:

“I was joined at the 2018 State of the Union by Diego de la Vega, then an intern in my New York office and a Dreamer. He stands for everything we are fighting for and why I was so proud to cast my vote today for The American Dream and Promise Act.