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  • Statement on US Military Strike on Syria
    Posted in Press Releases on April 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy and Human Rights

    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. "It was done without Congressional debate or approval in violation of the War Powers Act and the Constitution. Congress should immediately reconvene. When we do we should remember the disastrous history of wars waged by America in the Middle East which killed hundreds of thousands and... Read more

  • House Democrats Introduce Fair Day in Court For Kids Act
    Posted in Press Releases on April 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Foreign Policy and Human Rights

    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. The Fair Day in Court for Kids Act will ensure due process for children and vulnerable individuals, and offer an alternative to ICE raids by the Trum... Read more

  • Sen. Coons, Rep. Lofgren lead bicameral amicus brief on Trump travel ban
    Posted in Press Releases on February 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Foreign Policy and Human Rights

    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. Senators, who are signatories to the brief have participated in the drafting of i... Read more

  • Lofgren statement on proposed National Guard deportation force
    Posted in Press Releases on February 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Foreign Policy and Human Rights

    WASHINGTON, DC – U.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: “While the Trump Administration may try to downplay the significance of this document, it is clearly written by top officials within their Administration and lends important insight into the sort of conversations they are leading. “The simple fact that calling in... Read more

  • Lofgren statement on “extreme vetting” executive order
    Posted in Press Releases on January 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Foreign Policy and Human Rights

    WASHINGTON, DC – U.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: “I will undertake a legal analysis of President Trump’s executive order today, and will issue a comprehensive review soon. However, it is clear that the effects of today’s orders will be discriminatory and isolationist. They are un-American, driven by xenophobia, and will da... Read more

  • Lofgren seeks answers from Trump administration after reports of travelers turned away at U.S. border for religious and political views
    Posted in Press Releases on January 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Foreign Policy and Human Rights

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) wrote to Secretary of Homeland Security General John Kelly today following alarming news reports of Canadian citizens subjected to questioning and denied entry to the United States based on political and religious affiliation. “Denying entry to peaceful men and women on a political or religious basis does nothing to protect our security and everything to undermine our core national principles. There is no legal basis for denying an individual f... Read more

  • Conyers and Lofgren Statement on Nomination of Gen. John Kelly for Secretary of Homeland Security
    Posted in Press Releases on December 7, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Foreign Policy and Human Rights, Homeland Security

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, issued the following statement regarding President-Elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Marine Gen. John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security “The Department of Homeland Security has a wide-array of responsibilities, from providing humanitarian relief for asylum-see... Read more

  • San Jose César Chávez site considered for National Landmark Status
    Posted in Press Releases on August 9, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Foreign Policy and Human Rights

    SAN JOSE, CA – U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) today applauded a federal study being conducted on McDonnell Hall to determine its potential for designation as a National Historic Landmark. McDonnell Hall, built in 1911 and originally a Catholic parish in an impoverished San Jose neighborhood, served as the birthplace of César E. Chávez’s social justice movement and the farm labor movement. "This simple chapel nurtured one of our greatest civil rights champions and a movement that changed the ... Read more

  • Lofgren and Leahy Lead Bicameral Introduction Of Refugee Protection Act
    Posted in Press Releases on July 14, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Foreign Policy and Human Rights

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – With refugees fleeing violence worldwide, House Judiciary Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Ranking Member Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced bicameral legislation Thursday to bolster and update the nation’s laws to promote a more fair and efficient asylum and refugee process. Over the past five years, more than half of Syria’s 23 million people have been forced from their homes. The vast majority o... Read more

  • Bipartisan House Members Announce Fourth Amendment Caucus
    Posted in Press Releases on July 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy and Human Rights, Homeland Security

    WASHINGTON, D.C – Today, a bipartisan group of lawmakers, led by co-chairs U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Ted Poe (R-Texas), announced the newly formed Fourth Amendment Caucus to protect the privacy and security of Americans in the digital age. The bipartisan caucus is comprised of twenty-five founding members, thirteen Republicans and twelve Democrats. The members will lead efforts in the House of Representatives to protect against warrantless searches and seizures, close privacy violati... Read more