Foreign Policy and Human Rights

Foreign Affairs and National Defense

The American people have called for an end to our open-ended commitment in the Middle East. We should all be proud of our troops and their admirable service overseas. It is time to bring them home in a responsible manner.

Economic development, regional diplomacy, and effective political and legal institutions are the keys to success in the region. But these efforts cannot succeed amidst pervasive violence and insecurity.

Syria

Zoe has led bipartisan efforts to urge Presidents of both political parties to consult and receive authorization from Congress prior to ordering the use of U.S. military force in Syria, citing the President’s responsibility to do so prescribed in the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution of 1973.

She believes the nation's Founders wisely gave the Office of the President the authority to act in emergencies, but foresaw the need to ensure public debate — and the active engagement of Congress — prior to committing U.S. military assets.  Engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution.

Human Rights in Vietnam

Zoe is proud to have co-founded the Congressional Caucus on Vietnam with Former Representatives Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) and Tom Davis (R-VA) and serves as a current co-Chair. The actions of all nations must be measured against the standards of international behavior to which they have agreed. Having laws alone does not guarantee that they will be enforced or respected. This is clear in the case of Vietnam.

As a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Vietnam is obliged to recognize freedom of expression. Article 69 of its own Constitution states: "the citizen shall enjoy freedom of opinion and speech, freedom of the press, the right to be informed, and the right to assemble..." Nonetheless, the government of Vietnam repeatedly and consciously violates its international obligations with its relentless persecution of those expressing their right to freedom of expression.

As a Member of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and a co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Vietnam, Zoe will continue to bring attention to political persecution in Vietnam and put pressure on the Vietnamese government to improve their human rights records.

More on Foreign Policy and Human Rights

July 18, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) filed an amici curae brief asking the Supreme Court to uphold the decision of U.S.

July 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Lou Correa (D-Calif.), Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), and Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) introduced a resolution today recognizing the accomplishments and contributions of Vietnamese Americans.

July 12, 2017 Press Release
DOJ Abruptly Settled Money Laundering Case that Involved Russia Sanctions, New York Real Estate Holdings, and Kremlin-Linked Lawyer Who Met with Donald Trump Jr.
June 28, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) issued the following statement during House Judiciary Committee markup of H.R. 2826, the Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act of 2017.

"H.R. 2826 would create a huge shift in this country's history of welcoming and protecting refugees from around the world.  I think it really is an attack on refugees and the programs that serve them.

May 17, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DCU.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) today called for the arrest and prosecution of individuals who brutally beat protestors outside the Turkish ambassador's residence on Tuesday night and the revocation of diplomatic visas granted to members of Erdo?an's security detail who participated in the attack:

April 9, 2017 Press Release

SAN JOSE, CA - U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) issued the following statement regarding President Trump's April 7, 2017 military strike on a Syrian airfield:

"President Trump's decision to attack Syria is wrong.

April 6, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C – Today, 23 House Democrats, led by U.S. Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Luis V. Gutiérrez (D- Ill.), and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), introduced legislation to protect children and other vulnerable groups in immigration proceedings by ensuring access to counsel, legal orientation programs, and case management services.

February 17, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DCU.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) today issued the following statement in response to a reported leaked memo detailing Trump Administration plans to mobilize the National Guard to forcibly deport undocumented immigrants:

February 17, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) led an amici curiae brief signed by 167 Members of Congress in support of plaintiffs suing President Trump in the Eastern District of New York over the recent Executive Order banning travel to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries. The Members of Congress, 140 Members of the House of Representatives and 27 U.S.

January 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DCU.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D- Calif.), Senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee, issued the following statement today after President Trump announced executive actions:

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