I believe that our diversity as a country is our greatest strength, not a weakness. Our very identity as a nation is rooted in our immigrant heritage.
My father came to the U.S. under the Bracero temporary worker program that allowed millions of Mexican workers to fill in the labor shortages in agriculture during World War II. Luckily, I was born in the U.S. and did not have to go through the maze of applications and interviews that can take years, if not decades, for immigrants to complete today. I believe that we should be extending the same opportunities – to work, go to school, and give back to the community – that I was afforded, to the many hard-working people who are simply seeking a better life for them and their families.
Unfortunately, many nativist politicians have made their careers off exploiting the economic anxieties that many Americans are feeling today. They claim that even the most modest of immigration policies is one step closer towards “open borders.” I believe the opposite is true: immigrants are critical to both the cultural and economic vibrancy of our country.
That’s why I am fighting for a process that keeps families together, provides refuge to the world’s most vulnerable populations, and attracts the world’s best talents to live, study, and work in the U.S. Instead of building walls, we should be prioritizing border security efforts that reconstruct, repair and expand our nation's land POEs, which are vital to both ensuring the security of our country as well as facilitating the flow trade.
I believe that this starts with fundamentally changing how we view the issue of immigration. We should not presume that everyone attempting to immigrate or seek refuge in the U.S. has the worst of intentions; we should presume that for one reason or another, they are coming to seek better lives for them and/or their families.
You can view my statements and official positions on recent immigration news here.
More on Immigration
TUCSON— Today, the Biden Administration announced that it is lifting the annual refugee cap to 62,500. This reverses the previous historically low cap of 15,000 instituted by the Trump Administration. After the announcement, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva issued the following statement:
TUCSON— Today, the Biden Administration announced it is reuniting four families who were separated under former President Trump’s zero-tolerance policy. In January, the Administration established a Family Reunification Taskforce to find and reunite an estimated 1,000 families that remain separated.
TUCSON— Today, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva sent a letter to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris regarding the current situation at the border. Instead of more troop deployments, militarization, and border wall construction, he instead advocated for more federal funds to nonprofits, cities, and counties to assist asylum-seeking families.
WASHINGTON— Today, the House of Representatives passed the Access to Counsel Act. The bill would ensure that those with valid travel documents legally entering the United States can communicate with family, counsel, or another interested party if they are detained for a secondary inspection by CBP for more than one hour. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, a cosponsor of the legislation, issued the following statement after voting in favor:
WASHINGTON— Today, the House of Representatives passed the No Ban Act. The bill would prevent the president from abusing their authority to restrict the entry of non-citizens into the United States under the Immigration and Nationality Act and expand existing nondiscrimination provision to prohibit discrimination based on religion. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva cosponsored the legislation and issued the following statement after its passage:
TUCSON— Today, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General released a new report condemning medical conditions at La Palma Correctional Center in Eloy, AZ. The report found that the facility, operated by private-prison company CoreCivic, failed to implement and enforce basic guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and provide detainees with adequate medical care. In response, Rep. Raúl M.
TUCSON— Today, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva issued the following statement after comments by Governor Doug Ducey alluded to a potential national guard deployment to the Arizona-Mexico border to deal with the humanitarian situation at the border:
WASHINGTON— Today, the House of Representatives voted on the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. The legislation provides a pathway to citizenship for more than 1 million agricultural workers and their families. Additionally, the bill addresses the future labor needs of the agricultural sector by modernizing the outdated H-2A guestworker program. After the legislation passed, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva issued the following statement:
WASHINGTON— Today, the House of Representatives passed the Dream and Promise Act. The legislation provides a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and DACA recipients, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients, and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients. After the vote, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva issued the following statement:
WASHINGTON— Today, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva and Rep Ann Kirkpatrick sent a letter to President Biden and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas urging them to consult and involve border communities in discussions about the future of the border wall. They were joined by Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51), Rep. Mike Levin (CA-49), Rep. Filemon Vela (TX-34), Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52), Rep. Leger Fernández (NM-3) and Rep. Veronica Escobar (TX-16).
Specifically, the letter outlines four main requests of DHS: