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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

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.

June 27, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee and senior member of the House Budget Committee, released the following statement to accompany his “no” vote for the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3401, the Senate-passed border supplemental.
June 25, 2019 In The News

AUSTIN, Texas — As reports surface of migrant children being kept in deplorable conditions, the U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on a $4.5 billion emergency funding measure to help alleviate those conditions.

"They're sleeping on concrete blocks. There are open toilets in the room. There is no soap," Attorney Warren Binford told ABC News after interviewing children held at a facility in Clint, Texas.

June 21, 2019 In The News
SAN ANTONIO - One thousand Texas National Guard troops are heading to the border.
June 4, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives, urging passage of H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act, of which he is a sponsor. This landmark legislation would finally create a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients. The House of Representatives just passed the legislation following debate.
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”: