Update: Immigration Reform & Disaster Relief

Jun 7, 2019

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.


Disaster Relief for Puerto Rico

For too long, the Trump Administration has failed to give the people of Puerto Rico the assistance they need and deserve to rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The Administration’s continued disregard and contempt for our fellow Americans living in Puerto Rico is unacceptable.

Congress passed long overdue disaster relief funding, which includes $1.4 billion for Puerto Rico. I was very proud to vote for this bill on Monday to give Puerto Ricans the help they need.


A Pathway to Citizenship for Dreamers

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 vote with colleagues on Tuesday to pass H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act.


Making the case why we need to take immediate action to provide certainty and protection from deportation for Dreamers, Diego quoted the late, great Ted Kennedy; "The work goes on. The cause endures. The hope still lives, and the dream shall never die." His passion and hard work continue to inspire me, and he and so many Dreamers like him are role models for so many young people in our NY community.


Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders are American in every way. That’s why I was so proud to honor their courage by voting to ensure that these brave Americans have a path to permanent resident status and citizenship.


Snapshots from Around NY-12

Great to be able to stop by Mount Sinai’s Queens Community Health Fair on Saturday. This phenomenal event provided health screenings, education, and activities for the whole family.

I had a wonderful Sunday morning at the Met Council’s Legislative Breakfast celebrating the amazing work this group does in our city. They serve more than 250,000 people who are in need of food, housing, and social services. Congratulations and thank you to all the honorees!

As always, I had a wonderful time at this year’s Israel Day Parade. I’m proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with the American Jewish community and celebrate Israel.

To kick off Pride Month, I marched in the Queens Pride Parade on Sunday. I am so proud to be an ally of the LGBTQ Community and will continue to fight for equal rights for all. No one should be discriminated against because of who they love or who they are.

Also on Sunday, I had the honor of joining the 121st Philippines Independence Day Parade.

Later on Sunday, I joined with DMNDR and New Neighborhood to read the Mueller Report out loud. Every single American needs to hear the real truth about the report and I will keep working with my colleagues for the release of the full, unredacted version. 

On Monday, I had the honor of cutting the ribbon and celebrating the opening of the newly renovated kitchen and youth center at the Stanley Isaacs Center. These much needed renovations will help this incredible center, which has served our community for 50 years, continue its work.


This morning, I met with Solar One, an incredible group of innovators who are pushing the envelope on renewable energy. Thanks to groups like them, we will move towards a greener future.



As always, your concerns still and always will remain my top priority. Please do not hesitate to email me through my website.


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Carolyn B. Maloney

Member of Congress