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

October 26, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following reports that a ten-year-old disabled child was taken into custody by Border Patrol agents immediately after emergency surgery at the Driscoll's Children hospital in Corpus Christi, U.S. Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) wrote to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke today raising concerns that the child's detention is unjust, inhumane, and will create community-wide fear resulting in immigrants not seeking medical care, even for their children.

September 27, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) Ranking Member of the House Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee, issued the following statement today after an annual refugee consultation with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke in which officials confirmed the Trump Administration would set an historically low refugee ceiling of 45,000 for the 2018 fiscal year:

September 22, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC [09/22/17] – Today, House Judiciary Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI), Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Ranking Member Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and Oregon Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) pressed the Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to fully investigate the actions of ICE officers toward a U.S. citizen outside of the Washington County, Oregon Courthouse.

September 13, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), Ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Ranking Member on the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee, issued the following statement today after news reports indicated the Trump Administration was considering establishing a refugee ceiling of less than 50,000 for the 2018 fiscal year:

September 7, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Nearly $5 million in federal grants to purchase 10 zero-emission shuttles and associated electric charging infrastructure for Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport was awarded over the past two months, announced U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) today.

September 5, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DCU.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) issued the following statement today after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced President Trump has decided to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with a six-month delay:
August 30, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, all House Judiciary Committee Democrats, led by Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) and Immigration Subcommittee Ranking Member Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), wrote to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (D-VA) to ask that he investigate Trump's pardon of controversial sheriff Joe Arpaio and related events.

July 28, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Luis V. Gutiérrez (D- Ill.) and 116 colleagues introduced the American Hope Act of 2017. Recent actions by State Attorneys General and the Trump Administration have put the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in peril.

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.

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