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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Oct 3, 2017 Press Release

Washington – Today, following a hearing held by the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) on how to spur economic growth by reversing what has been called “The Startup Slump,” House Ranking Member Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement:

Sep 28, 2017 In The News

House Democrats introduced a motion Monday to force a vote on the bipartisan Dream Act, legislation that would provide a permanent solution to allow between 1.2 million and 1.8 million young undocumented immigrants brought here as children to remain in the United States legally. The Democrats are using a procedure called a discharge petition which requires a majority of members to bring the legislation to the floor for a vote.

Sep 26, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC  – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) joined with House Democrats last night in signing a petition to force a vote on the bipartisan DREAM Act, legislation providing a permanent solution to allow young undocumented immigrants brought here as children to remain in the United States legally. 

The House will be forced to take a vote on the DREAM Act if the petition is signed by a majority of Members. Maloney also called on Republicans to allow a vote on this bipartisan bill.  

Sep 5, 2017 Press Release

In response to the Trump Administration announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be rescinded, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), cosponsor of the BRIDGE Act and American Hope Act of 2017, released the following statement:

Sep 1, 2017 Press Release

In response to the recent reports that President Trump may rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), cosponsor of the BRIDGE Act and the American Hope Act of 2017, released the following statement:

“Rather than listen to the majority of the American people, there is currently a concerted effort underway by a minority of extremists in this country to do away with the principle of governing by consensus when it comes to DACA.

May 24, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ) reintroduced legislation that would allow certain Indonesian refugees to reopen asylum claims if they were previously rejected for missing the one-year filing deadline. Indonesian Christians who fled their native country to avoid religious persecution are now facing deportation after years of living, working, and paying taxes in the United States.

Sep 24, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) who attended Pope Francis’ address to Congress and will later attend the Vespers service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City today released the following statement:

Nov 20, 2014 Press Release

NEW YORK – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today released the following statement in reaction to President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration:

“It has been 511 days since the Senate passed a bipartisan Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill. House Republicans haven’t allowed a vote, and haven’t proposed an alternative. Where they have failed, the President has acted just as Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush did.

Oct 8, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – On the Global Day of Action for immigration reform, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) called on the House majority to take up a comprehensive immigration reform bill, H.R. 15, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act”  to fix our broken immigration system. Rep. Maloney is an original cosponsor of H.R. 15.

Sep 24, 2013 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) led two letters that were sent today to House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, both of which express support for extending the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to Poland as a provision of any reform package in the House.