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

May 23, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif) and the House Judiciary Committee voted to pass the Dream Act of 2019, legislation that protects "Dreamers"—many of whom are undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children—from deportation. The bill would also offer Dreamers who are eligible an opportunity to obtain lawful permanent residence if they meet certain requirements.

February 11, 2019 Press Release
Zoe Lofgren released a statement regarding the detention of She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, professionally known as “21 Savage”
February 7, 2019 Press Release
Zoe Lofgren, Ken Buck, and 112 bipartisan members introduced the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act – a bill to reform the legal immigration system by eliminating per-country percentage limits that cause backlogs in the employment-based green card system.
January 24, 2019 Press Release
Zoe Lofgren, Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship, today issued a statement regarding news reports that the Trump Administration will begin illegally sending asylum applicants across the border to Mexico while they wait for their immigration hearing.
January 17, 2019 Press Release
Zoe Lofgren, Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship, issued a statement after the release of a Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General's report which found thousands more immigrant children were separated from their parents than previously reported, and it is unclear whether they have been reunified with their parents.
January 17, 2019 Press Release
Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Zoe Lofgren introduced legislation to shield farmworkers from deportation and put them on a path toward earned legal status and eventual citizenship.
December 14, 2018 Press Release
Zoe Lofgren and Senior Democratic Members of Congress wrote to Department of Homeland Security Acting Inspector General John Kelly demanding answers following news of a 7-year-old girl who died last week while in the custody of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials. Trump administration officials have since refused to take responsibility for the child’s death.
November 20, 2018 Press Release
Jerrold Nadler and Zoe Lofgren issued the following joint statement in response to a federal judge halting President Trump's illegal proclamation denying asylum to immigrants fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries. In his order issued last night, Judge Jon S. Tigar noted that the President “may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden.”
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.

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