Immigration

Office Immigration Hours: Monday - Thursday, from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Office of Congressman Adriano Espaillat accepts casework to support and provide guidance for various immigration-related issues on Monday - Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Due to the volume of requests, please call to schedule an appointment. 

 

​Congressman Espaillat is leading the way on comprehensive immigration reform from NY​'s 13th to the halls of Congress. He recognizes our nation's reliance on the ingenuity and resourcefulness of its immigrant communities, and works relentlessly to ensure a simpler, safer route for immigrants to take advantage of the opportunity America promises.

​During the 115th Congress and his first session as a U.S. Congressman, Representative Espaillat accomplished:

  • First bill introduced. “This Land Is Our Land,” which would prevent a border wall from being built on federal lands, within 100 miles of the border.
  • Led 63 House Democrats. Joined with immigration leader Rep. Luis Gutierrez in leading 63 House Democrats in a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan asking him to put party politics aside, reverse course, and take a stand against President Donald Trump’s detrimental “Muslim Ban” executive order.
  • Fought against Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban. Met with families at JFK airport and pushed against Trump’s Muslim Ban; continued that fight on the House floor and delivered a floor statement highlighting its impact on Muslim immigrant families.
  • One of five. Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) members on powerful Immigration Task Force.
  • Proud lead sponsor of pro immigrant bills:
    • I introduced the ICE and CBP Body Camera Accountability Act (H.R. 1608), which would ensure that agents and officers of ICE and CBP wear body cameras when such officers are engaged in official operations.
    • I introduced the Protecting Sensitive Locations Act (H.R. 1815), which would prohibit immigration enforcement, including arrests, interviews, searches, and surveillance in "sensitive locations," such as schools, funeral homes, courthouses, hospitals, etc.
  • Proud co-sponsor of pro immigrant bills:
    • ​​The BRIDGE (Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy) Act: Provide temporary relief from deportation and employment authorization to individuals who are eligible for the Department of Homeland Security’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program.
    • ​Safeguarding Sanctuary Cities Act: Ensure that any State or local authority cannot lose Federal financial assistance if it limits or restricts compliance with an immigration detainer request.
    • ​Defunding Unconstitutional Executive Order Banning Refugees: No funds, resources, or fees made available by the United States Congress to any Federal agency may be used to implement, administer, enforce, or carry out (including through the issuance of any regulations) any of the policy changes set forth in the Executive Order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” signed by President Donald J. Trump on January 27, 2017.
    • “Statute of Liberty Values Act” (SOLVe): States that President Trump’s Executive Order will have no effect or force of law and states that no funds or fees shall be used to implement the Order.  
    • DREAMers, Immigrants, and Refugees (DIRe) Legal Aid Act: Provide funding to ensure that vulnerable individuals can receive the assistance they need from immigration legal experts.
    • ​Build Bridges Not Walls: Would prohibit the implementation of President Trump’s Executive Order to build a wall on our U.S.-Mexico border.
    • ​Protect Sanctuary Cities Act: This bill would declare Donald Trump’s executive restrictions on sanctuary cities null and void. It would prohibit funds from being used to enforce these provisions. It would also require the Department of Homeland Security to present a report to Congress within 30 days detailing how DHS can strengthen immigrant community trust in the Department. This would allow it to begin taking steps to mend the harm done by the Administration’s reckless actions.

 

During the 116th Congress, Congressman Adriano Espaillat introduced a critical legislative package to protect immigrant rights:

Protecting Sensitive Locations Act, will prohibit immigration enforcement in certain “sensitive locations” such as courthouses, schools, community centers and houses of worship, a tactic for targeting vulnerable immigrant communities that has become common under the Trump Administration.

Another measure, the Reunite Every Unaccompanied Newborn Infant Toddler and Other Children Expeditiously (REUNITE) Act, would require the immediate reunification of children who were separated from their parent or legal guardian as a result of the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy.

The ICE and CBP Body Camera Accountability Act would require Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Patrol officers to wear body cameras and would make footage available for any legal proceedings.

Finally, the This Land Is Our Land Act to prohibit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security or U.S. Department of Defense from constructing any new border barriers, including walls or fences, on federal land under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Agriculture or the Secretary of the Interior.

 

Reunification of Separated Immigrant Families: To date, Congressman Adriano Espaillat has been the only elected official actively engaged with immigrant mothers and the Cayuga Center to help reunite families separated by the Trump administration's 'zero tolerance' policy. To date, Congressman Esapillat has reunited four immigrant mothers with their children: Yeni González, Rosayra Pablo Cruz, Rosa Amelia Peralta, and Evelyn Aguilar.

 

More on Immigration

June 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement in recognition of World Refugee Day:

 

“Today, on World Refugee Day, we reflect on our continuing obligation to provide protections and asylum for the millions who have fled their homes due to persecution and fear when faced with unimaginable challenges,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13).

 

June 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) introduced the Family Reunification Act of 2019, a bill that would help ease the burden on immigrant families and workers by providing them with certainty regarding their status.

 

June 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) and Chuy García (IL-04) announced the inclusion of important language relating to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) plan to close its international field offices in the report to accompany the bill funding the Department of Homeland Security.

June 11, 2019 Press Release

Espaillat, García, CHC Members Denounce the Inhumane Treatment of Migrants and Asylum Seekers Under Custody of DHS

 

June 6, 2019 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) announced that he successfully secured $21 million in funding over the next two fiscal years to equip Customs and Border Protection (CBP) border agents with body-worn cameras.  Rep. Espaillat previously secured funding for a two-year pilot study conducted by the CBP at the direction of Congress, which showed that border patrol agents and the public would benefit from implementation of body-worn cameras.

 

June 5, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), the only formerly undocumented immigrant in Congress, presided over the vote to pass H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives. The monumental bill, which Rep. Espaillat supported, will put more than 2.1 Million Dreamers on a pathway to citizenship and establish a pathway to permanent residence for individuals covered by programs known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED).  

 

May 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), Chuy García (IL-04), and Kathleen M. Rice (NY-04) introduced legislation to prevent the Department of Homeland Security from closing Citizenship and Immigration Services offices overseas without the consent of Congress.

May 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement to recognize immigrant workers on May Day.

 

April 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) led 24 of his colleagues in a letter requesting $10 million to equip Customs and Border Protection border patrol agents with body-worn cameras. The amount would pay for approximately 10,000 cameras; CBP currently employs roughly 20,000 border agents.

April 8, 2019 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – In a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) expressed his enthusiastic support for a measure that would allow New York State to issue driver’s licenses to individuals irrespective of their immigration status and calls on New York to take this important step to begin issuing dri