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

July 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement on his “NO” vote on H. Res. 990, a veiled attempt by House Republicans to sweep critical matters such as family separation and ICE human rights violations under the rug.

“I stand behind my original position that we must abolish ICE once and for all and create an agency capable of enforcing immigration in America with heart and compassion,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13).

July 13, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Espaillat Only Elected Official Actively Engaged with Gonzalez and Cruz Families and Cayuga Center Calling for Reunification

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement on the successful reunification of two mothers, Yeni Gonzalez Garcia and Rosayra Pablo Cruz, with their children today at the Cayuga Center located in East Harlem.

July 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Los congresistas de los Estados Unidos Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), Mark Pocan (WI-02) y Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) introdujeron hoy la Ley Establecimiento de la Aplicación  de un Sistema Humano de Inmigración.

July 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC U.S. Representatives Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), Mark Pocan (WI-02), and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) today introduced the Establishing a Humane Immigration Enforcement System Act.

July 5, 2018 Press Release

New York, NY – Today, Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) was honored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York on its list of Great Immigrants, an annual tribute by the philanthropic foundation celebrating nationalized U.S. citizens and the invaluable role they play to help advance American society, culture and the economy.

July 3, 2018 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement following his visit with Guatemalan mother, Yeni Gonzalez Garcia, who was separated from her three children at the Arizona border in May.

June 27, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. Today, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) offered the Democratic Motion to Recommit on the House Floor to reconsider H.R. 6136 – the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act and replace it with H.R. 6135 – the Keep Families Together Act in an effort to protect immigrant children from government sponsored abuse.

**Below are remarks by Rep. Espaillat as prepared for delivery today on the House Floor**