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Congressman Lloyd Doggett

Representing the 35th District of Texas

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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 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

April 10, 2019 In The News

Democratic Texas congressman Lloyd Doggett disagrees with President Donald Trump's approach to the borer.

Doggett said a border shutdown "makes no sense at all" and would unhinge the entire Texas economy.

"I've come to the conclusion that the President is not as eager to build a wall as he is to have an ongoing fight about the wall," Doggett said. "I hope he doesn't do too much damage to the Texas economy and more in the process."

Texas congressman Lloyd Doggett spoke to us about the crisis happening at the southern border.

February 26, 2019 Press Release
Washington, DC — Today, Congressman Doggett urged passage of the resolution, of which he is a sponsor, to block President Trump’s emergency powers declaration. He took to the floor as President Trump attempts to use to divert money from security needs and into construction of his wall.
January 19, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Lloyd Doggett released the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s disappointing announcement that he is not reopening government:
January 8, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett released the following statement ahead of President Trump’s address tonight:
December 11, 2018 Press Release
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee, released the below statement in response to President Trump’s threat today that he was “proud to shut down the government for border security”:
October 25, 2018 Press Release
Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), senior Member on the House Ways & Means Committee said the following in response to President Trump’s comments on sending the military to the southern border:
August 8, 2018 Press Release
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) submitted a request to ICE requesting parole for a Dreamer, Sergio Salazar Gonzalez, from San Antonio that ICE detained near a protest:
July 6, 2018 In The News
Two Texas lawyers have accused U.S. immigration officials of denying bond to some asylum-eligible immigrants, keeping them locked up and prolonging family separations in violation of a federal court order.
July 5, 2018 Press Release
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) is concerned by new reports regarding asylum-seeking mothers whose children were seized from them and who are being detained near Austin, Texas, which indicate that they are being denied release even after successfully showing at a preliminary hearing that they have a “credible fear” of returning to their home countries. While detained, they cannot be reunited with their wrongfully removed children. Congressman Doggett has made the attached official inquiry to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regarding this apparent new Trump policy that appears designed to prolong separation and offered the following related statement:
June 26, 2018 In The News
AUSTIN – Two women are demanding investigations into their allegations of sexual abuse at an immigration detention center be reopened and that the facility be audited for compliance with federal law.