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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More on Immigration

Dec 9, 2010 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC-- Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney offered the following statement on the House floor during consideration of HR 1751, the DREAM Act:
Apr 29, 2010 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced legislation today to encourage innovation and economic growth by permitting immigrant entrepreneurs greater access to temporary U.S. visas. The bill matches legislation introduced in February by Senators Kerry and Lugar, S. 3029
Jul 23, 2009 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Bipartisan legislation to provide humanitarian relief to immigrants who lost a spouse or parent in the 9/11 terrorist attacks was approved today by the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law. The bill will now move forward for a vote in the full House Judiciary Committee.
Aug 2, 2007 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Bipartisan legislation authored by Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens), which would provide humanitarian relief to immigrants who lost a spouse or parent in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, passed out of House Judiciary Committee today by a 21 to 10 vote.  The bill will now head to the House floor for a full vote. 
Dec 16, 2005 Press Release
Mr. Chairman, I rise today in opposition to the so-called Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005, H.R. 4437. I am deeply concerned with this legislation because it fails to seriously address our Nation's true immigration problems.
Jul 31, 2002 Press Release
WASHINGTON: Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY), Congressman Anthony Wiener, and eight other members of Congress from New York and New Jersey urged James Ziglar, Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to address the severe lack of resources at district INS offices in New York and New Jersey. Sources reveal that the New York and New Jersey offices simply do not have the resources to do their jobs effectively. Recently, the INS has been reeling from the highly-publicized issuance of renewal visas to 9/11 hijackers and the poor response of INS offices to local law enforcement officials. The joint Congressional letter is an effort to ensure that the deficiencies in the New York and New Jersey district INS offices are corrected immediately.

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