As a minority, I personally understand and identify with the struggle for justice and equality. I recognize the importance of having a fair, effective and common-sense immigration system in our country. That is why I am a member of the Congressional Black Caucus’ Immigration Reform Task Force, and am working on this issue with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and my Republican colleagues. With over 11 million undocumented immigrants in our country, reform will strengthen our country and boost our economy.
I am an original co-sponsor of the Reuniting Families Act of 2013, which would allocate visas more efficiently and alleviate application waiting times. More importantly, this bill promotes the reunification of immigrant families that have been separated for far too long.
In order for our economy to prosper, we must allow talented individuals to contribute to the only country they have ever known. As an original cosponsor of the “Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2013,” also known as the DREAM Act, I am committed to providing immigration relief to undocumented youth if they serve in the military or pursue a higher education. This legislation provides a pathway to citizenship to children brought to the United States through no fault of their own.
I believe that same-sex couples should be included in the immigration conversation and that protections should be extended to the LGBT community. U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents should be able to sponsor their “permanent partners” for residency in the United States. This is why I support H.R. 519, also known as the “Uniting American Families Act.”
On March 8, 2013, I held an immigration roundtable with Congressman Luis Gutierrez in the district. I brought together different stakeholders in the community and the overwhelming consensus is that reform is long overdue.
In October 2013, I became an original co-sponsor to H.R. 15, Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, a bipartisan immigration reform bill that will secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers, provide an earned pathway to citizenship, and reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion.
It’s been several months since H.R. 15 was introduced into the House of Representatives, months too long for House Republicans to deny America a vote on a bill that will stop the separation of families and communities. That’s why I joined my fellow House Democrats in signing a discharge petition to demand a vote on H.R. 15.
I know the House has the votes to pass immigration reform: 200 Members, including 3 Republicans cosponsored H.R. 15, and another 30 Republicans have come out in favor of reform.
While America waits for House Republicans in Washington to bring immigration reform to the floor for a vote, we cannot forget about the invisible victims of the broken U.S. immigration process.
When immigration is in the news, scam artists see an opportunity. The delay in passing a comprehensive immigration bill has confused the public and allowed scam artists to prey on our immigrant communities. This is a serious national problem that causes suffering for Texas families and weighs on an already overburdened immigration system. By working with advocacy groups like the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), I crafted legislation that would allow victims of notario fraud to reopen their cases and immigrate lawfully. This legislation is just the first step towards stopping fraudulent immigration services in our nation.
I strongly believe that this is the year for comprehensive immigration reform. Immigration reform is the right thing to do for our economy, our security, and our future.
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Washington, D.C. - Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33, released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted on H.R. 3003, No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, and H.R. 3004, Kate’s Law, that would further criminalize undocumented immigrants and force local law enforcement to perform federal immigration duties:
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, May Day, as thousands of protestors across the country march and organize for immigrant rights, Rep. Judy Chu, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Representatives Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) led a bicameral effort in Congress pushing the Department of Homeland Security to be more transparent with its detention processes.
With the heat of the day beating down on downtown Dallas, a mass of people dressed in red, white and blue packed Pearl Street in front of Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
They held up American flags and signs that read “Rise Up” and chanted in Spanish, “Sì se puede.”
About 3,200 people marched Sunday, according to a tweet from the Dallas Police Department, from the cathedral to Dallas City Hall in the Mega March……
Washington, D.C. – On April 6, 2017, Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33, reintroduced legislation to streamline the federal financial aid application process for citizen students with immigrant parents and to protect undocumented students from discrimination if they apply to a state college or university that receives financial support from the federal government. The Trump Administration’s immigration policies have evoked fear within our communities, but should not deter undocumented and first generation American students from pursuing higher education.
Washington, D.C. – Chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus, Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33, led a letter along with the support of Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham, Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Cedric Richmond, Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, and Judy Chu, Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, urging Speaker Ryan to denounce Representative Steve King’s appalling comments about the increasing diversity of the United States.
The month of February marked Black History Month. We took time to pause and honor our origins and the many contributions made by the African-American community. We also recommitted ourselves to remembering those who came before us and the work that remains to be done to ensure the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness is guaranteed to every American.
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