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Congressman Lloyd Doggett

Representing the 35th District of Texas


Immigration Reform

Instead of building walls, we must build bridges. Passing comprehensive immigration reform will grow the Texas economy—it will mean more small business startups and more graduating students. In terminating the Deferred Action Child Arrival (DACA) program, Donald Trump and Republicans have only viewed Dreamers as bargaining chips to impose other anti-immigrant proposals. I stand with our Dreamers, many of whom know America as their only home. President Trump’s heartless deportation measures only tear families apart and hurt local law enforcement’s ability to fight crime. This will not make America great or safe. Instead, we should work together to fix our immigration system.

That is why I am a sponsor of the American DREAM Act, which would create a path to lawful permanent residence and eventually U.S. citizenship for those that meet a set of educational or work criteria. I raised this directly with President Trump at the White House. I opposed any end-of-the-year appropriations bill that lacked full protection for our Nation’s Dreamers.

We also cannot turn our backs on refugees and people of the Muslim faith. President Trump’s un-American, unconstitutional, anti-Muslim immigration order is limited to certain Muslim-majority countries, but excludes Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, where all but one of the 9/11 hijackers originated, and excludes countries with a Trump Tower or a Trump Golf Course. Federal courts have correctly prevented his order from becoming law.

Our Nation, founded by immigrants who established religious freedom as a bedrock principle, is better than this. We must keep the torch lit on the commitment expressed by the Statue of Liberty, and keep our promise to minister to the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

More on Immigration Reform

February 15, 2018 In The News
During four days last February, Immigration and Customs Enforcement targeted Austin, apparently in retaliation for Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez’s justified refusal to honor some warrantless detainers. Despite claims by ICE that its operation targeted “public safety threats,” most of those arrested had no criminal background and most of those who did committed only relatively minor offenses.
February 9, 2018 In The News
WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett had strong words in reaction to the KVUE Defenders story, “Minna’s Journey.”
January 31, 2018 In The News
WASHINGTON — From immigration and border security to infrastructure and disaster response, President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address hit a host of hot-button issues that were felt deep in the heart of Texas.
January 29, 2018 In The News
After an Observer report, Austin Democrat Lloyd Doggett is demanding a host of new details from ICE about last February's raids.
January 23, 2018 In The News
WASHINGTON — Federal agencies shuttered in a fight over immigration were set to reopen today after Senate Democrats bowed to pressure and agreed to a spending compromise in return for a promise to take up debate on the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by early next month.
January 16, 2018 In The News
WASHINGTON — An aggressive push to overhaul the decades-old system for sponsoring family members for citizenship is complicating the drive to protect “Dreamers” from deportation at a critical point in negotiations.
January 12, 2018 In The News
After President Donald Trump reportedly questioned why the United States should offer protections to immigrants from "shithole" countries, Democrats and some Republicans from Texas expressed outrage. One Democratic congressman from Houston said he'd push for impeachment.
January 9, 2018 In The News
The Border Patrol has told agents to quickly process emergency vehicles through immigration checkpoints and reminded them they have discretion at “sensitive locations,” such as hospitals.
December 15, 2017 In The News
WASHINGTON — Democrats in Congress are growing increasingly pessimistic that an agreement to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation can be reached this year.