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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 tore families apart and hurt local law enforcement’s ability to fight crime.  This way of thinking 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 during his tenure in the White House. I opposed any end-of-the-year appropriations bill that lacked full protection for our Nation’s Dreamers, and will continue to do so under a Biden Administration.

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

June 28, 2021 In The News
WASHINGTON — Texas Democrats in Congress are irate that Gov. Greg Abbott can divert federal funds intended for COVID-19 relief to build a border wall. On Monday, they asked Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to step in and block the state from using any of its $15.8 billion windfall for this “costly monstrosity.”
June 28, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Ahead of President Trump’s trip with Governor Abbott to Hidalgo County this week, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) led all Democratic members of the Texas delegation in an effort urging Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to protect the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Funds available for Texas under the American Rescue Plan—and ensure that Governor Abbott cannot nefariously divert recovery funds into his sideshow of building portions of Trump’s ill-fated wall. Governor Abbott has directed that $250 million be taken from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a “down payment” for the wall and as of last Wednesday, he reported having raised only $459,000 in private donations for the wall.
March 18, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) took to the floor of the House to urge passage of the Dream and Promise Act, to establish a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and those with humanitarian protection under Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED).
July 28, 2020 In The News
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced Tuesday it is rejecting all new applications from would-be Dreamers as it considers trying again to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, just weeks after the Supreme Court blocked Trump’s last attempt to kill it.
June 18, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision this morning to block President Trump’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
December 17, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, released the following statement about his “no” vote on the Fiscal Year 2020 Homeland Security Minibus:
September 6, 2019 In The News
TEXAS — This week, the Trump administration announced it would divert billions in funds for military projects, including in Texas, to build a border wall.
September 5, 2019 In The News
SAN ANTONIO - Elected officials and political candidates in the San Antonio area are criticizing the federal government's decision to divert billions in funds for military projects around the world, including in San Antonio, to build segments of a border wall.
September 4, 2019 In The News
President Trump’s quest to use military construction money to help build the border wall will fund 52 miles of new steel bollard barriers in Laredo, while eliminating $18.5 million for a new dining hall at the Camp Bullis training range.
July 2, 2019 In The News

A congressman whose district includes San Antonio says border patrol agents who made derogatory comments on social media about migrants and female lawmakers should be “dismissed.”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says an investigation is underway into what it calls “disturbing social media activity” in a secret Facebook group for U.S. Border Patrol agents, but U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett told KTSA News he wants a congressional investigation.