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

Jun 27, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today issued the following statement after Senate passage of S. 744, comprehensive immigration reform, by a vote of 68 to 32:

Jun 19, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), ranking House Democrat on the Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued its scoring of the comprehensive immigration reform package currently being considered in the U.S. Senate. The CBO estimates the bill will result in $175 billion in net deficit reduction through 2023.

Feb 13, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Frank Pallone (D-NJ), and Luis Gutierrez (D-IL)  reintroduced legislation in both the Senate and House to allow certain Indonesian refugees to reopen claims for asylum.  Many Indonesian Christians who fled their native country to avoid religious persecution are now faced with deportation after years of living, working, and paying taxes in the U.S.  The legislation introduced today would provide a legal avenue for these individuals to reapply for asylum in the U.S.

Jul 3, 2012 Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) joined House colleague Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and 11 other House Members in writing to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton urging ICE to re-evaluate its current policy toward deporting a number of Indonesian refugees back to their homeland despite credible claims about the religious persecution they suffered in Indonesia because of their Christian faith. Under ICE’s current policy, the Indonesian Christian refugees are to be deported back to a life of oppression, including an inability to obtain work permits, the burning and closing of their churches, and the threat of up to five years of prison time upon arrival. 

Apr 6, 2012 Press Release

Highland Park, New Jersey - Today on Good Friday, U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) visited with Indonesian Christians who came to America to escape severe religious persecution, and who are fighting a deportation order by seeking sanctuary at the Reformed Church of Highland Park in central New Jersey. She was scheduled to be joined on the visit by her House colleague, Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ).

Jan 23, 2012 Press Release

Long Island City, NY – On Friday, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Queens, Manhattan) joined U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas, New York District Director Andrea Quarantillo, Commissioner Fatima Shama of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, Assemblywoman Grace Meng, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Councilman Daniel Dromm, and Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras at the opening of the new USCIS office in Long Island City – the first facility of its kind in New York City outside of Manhattan. 

Dec 7, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) introduced legislation, the Indonesian Family Refugee Protection Act (HR 3590), that would give Indonesian citizens fleeing religious persecution an opportunity to reopen asylum claims that were denied solely for missing the one-year filing deadline for asylum in the U.S.. The legislation would allow these Indonesian citizens, many of whom arrived during a five-year timeframe (January 1, 1997 – November 30, 2002), the opportunity to reopen their claims during the two-year period following enactment.

May 10, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON-- Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) offered the following statement in response to President Obama's speech on immigration today:

"President Obama spoke today about what’s truly at stake if we do not reform our broken immigration system and reminded us that our nation’s history is rooted in the strength of immigrants. 
Mar 16, 2011 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) today introduced legislation, “The StartUp Visa Act of 2011,” H.R. 1114, to encourage innovation and economic growth by permitting immigrant entrepreneurs greater access to temporary U.S. visas. The bill matches legislation introduced this week by Senators John Kerry, Richard Lugar, and Mark Udall in the Senate.

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: