Immigration

​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.

​In his first session as a U.S. Congressman, Representative Espaillat has already accomplished so much:

  • 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.

 

More on Immigration

February 21, 2019 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – This week, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) provided an overview of his legislative priorities, agenda for the 116th Congress, and record accomplishments on behalf of New York’s 13th congressional district during this year’s State of the District event held on Tuesday evening at the Our Children’s Foundation, Inc. This year marked Rep. Espaillat’s third annual State of the District address since he was sworn into Congress in 2017.

February 7, 2019 Event

On Thursday, February 7th, Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) will host the first annual Dominicans on the Hill, a day at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.  During the one-day event, Dominican-Americans from communities around the nation will attend workshops on issues ranging from immigration, education and the workforce, the U.S. economy and trade.  

This event is open to the public and members of the press.

This event is open to the public and members of the press.

February 6, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), joined by Reps. José E. Serrano (NY-15), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Donald S. Beyer Jr. (VA-08), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), and Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) introduced a critical legislative package to protect immigrant rights.

February 4, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) announced Yeni Gonzalez Garcia as his guest for President Trump’s State of the Union Address.  Rep. Espaillat played a central role in the reunification of the Guatemalan mother who was separated from her three children at the Arizona border in May 2018.

January 30, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement in recognition of Dominican Heritage Month, which spans January 21 through February 27. 

January 25, 2019 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s announcement to temporarily reopen the government.

January 24, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement on passage of the José Peralta New York State DREAM Act:

January 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement in response to today’s decision from U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to block the citizenship question proposed by the Trump administration for the 2020 Census. 

January 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) and Representative Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) introduced the This Land Is Our Land Act to prohibit the Department of Homeland Security or 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.