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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

May 3, 2018 In The News
WILLIAMSON COUNTY — An advocacy group that helped an asylum seeker gain her release from an immigrant detention center in Taylor plans to put officials “on trial” Saturday, when alleged abuses at the facility will be aired during an unofficial hearing outside the center.
April 17, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee, and Representatives Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Elijah Cummings (D-MD), and Don Beyer (D-VA) have questioned Attorney General Jeff Sessions about whistleblower allegations that the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) may be using ideological and political considerations to illegally block the hiring of immigration judges.
April 4, 2018 In The News
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Tuesday he’s preparing to send the military to guard parts of the border with Mexico, escalating his campaign against illegal immigration and his fight with Congress over funding the border wall.
March 19, 2018 In The News
A Salvadoran woman seeking asylum who has said that a guard groped her inside a Williamson County immigration detention facility has been released, a group supporting her said Saturday.
February 27, 2018 In The News
Two U.S. congressmen representing Texas called for an “expedited audit” of the T. Don Hutto immigrant detention center in Taylor, citing a female asylum seeker’s allegations that she was sexually assaulted by a guard and similar allegations from two other detainees.
February 26, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Lloyd Doggett (TX-35) and Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) urged the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency to take immediate action to eradicate sexual assault and abuse in its detention centers.
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.