Immigration

Our country was founded by immigrants who came seeking freedom. That desire for freedom and a society where merit, not birthright, determined an individual's life helped to shape the greatest experiment in self-determination known the world over as America.

The hard work and determination of immigrants, seeking an opportunity to live up to their full potential and to build better lives for their families, make America strong. The freedom immigrants have found here has unleashed their creativity and sparked the strongest economy in the world.

Immigrants from industrialist Andrew Carnegie to Google's Sergey Brin came to our shores, and in the process, created new innovative enterprises and unparalleled prosperity for the United States.

Today, people still look towards America and dream of a better life. Our colleges and universities attract some of the most gifted minds from around the globe. Talented entrepreneurs still see our country as a cradle for innovation and an area to pioneer new industries.

Zoe is the granddaughter of immigrants. She became an immigration lawyer and, before elected office, taught immigration law at the University of Santa Clara Law School. She knows that the country's immigration laws must be reformed if the United States is to succeed in the 21st Century.

As the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee, Zoe tries to cut through the divisive political rhetoric to advance common sense immigration policy solutions that are practical and will help America thrive.

Top-to-Bottom Immigration Reform

Today, our immigration system is failing our country. Its dysfunction shuts out the best and brightest minds rather than attracting innovators who could grow our economy and keep it competitive. It traps determined, hard-working individuals in a cycle that exploits them for their labor. It separates spouses and parents from children for years.

Zoe believes that we should be able to work in a bipartisan manner to fix this broken system through top to bottom immigration reform. With reform, we can protect American workers while meeting the economic needs of our country leading to greater growth and opportunities for everyone.

Rather than breaking families apart, we can unite them. Rather than expelling brilliant, highly-skilled students and entrepreneurs to compete against us from overseas, we should attract the best and brightest minds who want to help America succeed. Rather than failing to meet the needs of important sectors of our economy such as agriculture, we can help these industries legally employ their workforce.

By securing our borders and ensuring our laws are enforced, we can also regularize the status of those who currently live in the shadows to promote family unification and shared values like hard work and playing by the rules.

High Skilled Immigration Reform

Zoe has introduced legislation to curb H-1B visa outsourcing abuse and to start the overhaul of a broken high-skilled immigration program. The High-Skilled Integrity and Fairness Act of 2017 would curtail abuse of the program which has allowed replacement of American workers by outsourcing companies with cheaper H-1B workers. In several recent incidences, high-profile U.S. employers including Disney, Southern California Edison, and most recently the University of California San Francisco, have made news in this manner. The legislation prioritizes market based allocation of visas to those companies willing to pay 200% of a wage calculated by survey, eliminates the category of lowest pay, and raises the salary level at which H-1B dependent employer are exempt from nondisplacement and recruitment attestation requirements to greater than $130,000.

DREAM Act

Zoe was proud to support the DREAM Act, which would let young people who were brought to the U.S. as children come forward, register, and regularize their legal status. This would contribute to our nation's well being. Many of these young people have no memory of the land where they were born. Many speak only English and cannot speak the language of the land of their birth. Many times these children learn of their status while seeking to better themselves by pursuing higher education or to serve our country in the armed forces. The bipartisan DREAM Act would give these young people the opportunity to live freely, continue their studies, and their contributions to the country they love and call home. These young people are American in every way but their paperwork.

Important Information for DREAMers

Recently President Trump announced his administration would end deferred action for eligible youth. However, Court actions have temporarily blocked Trump from ending this program. If you have ever had DACA status before and haven’t committed a disqualifying criminal offense, you can still apply to renew. For more information on Deferred Action, including eligibility requirements, official forms, and how to apply, please click here.

To learn more about Zoe's work on immigration issues, please click on the news links below:

More on Immigration

November 9, 2018 Press Release
Jerrold Nadler and Zoe Lofgren issued a joint statement in response to President Trump's illegal proclamation denying asylum to immigrants fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries.
October 3, 2018 Press Release
Congressman Jerrold Nadler and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren issued a joint statement in response to the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General report, which determined the Administration misled Congress and the American people about its family separation policy with no plans for tracking children or ensuring reunification with their parents.
September 26, 2018 Press Release
Senator Kamala D. Harris, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler, and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security Zoe Lofgren led 17 lawmakers in a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Inspector General John V. Kelly requesting an investigation into allegations that DHS officials used coercive and abusive tactics on detained immigrant parents who were separated from their children at the border under the Trump Administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy.
September 26, 2018 Press Release
Zoe Lofgren issued a statement in response to the Trump administration's new "public charge" rule
June 26, 2018 Press Release
Zoe Lofgren issued a statement regarding the Supreme Court decision to uphold President Trump’s travel ban. Lofgren and U.S. Senator Chris Coons led the amici curiae brief signed by Members of Congress in support of Hawaii’s lawsuit challenging the President’s proclamation banning travel to the United States from several Muslim-majority countries.
June 21, 2018 Press Release
Zoe Lofgren, Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, delivered remarks on the House floor in opposition to H.R. 4760, the Securing America’s Future Act (SAFE Act).
June 20, 2018 Press Release
Zoe Lofgren, the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, issued a following statement regarding President Trump’s executive order on family separation.
June 19, 2018 Press Release
Zoe Lofgren joined House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler and 190 House Democrats in introducing the Keep Families Together Act, legislation to end family separation at the U.S. border.
May 25, 2018 Press Release
Today, Zoe Lofgren issued the following statement after the Department of Homeland Security proposed a rule to end the International Entrepreneur Rule, a program that would allow foreign entrepreneurs to be considered for parole to develop and build start-up businesses in America.
May 21, 2018 In The News

The Trump administration is working to slash the number of visas granted to Canadian and Mexican professionals as part of ongoing NAFTA negotiations among the three countries.

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