Recent Op-eds


  • If Trump Really Wants to Protect Children, Here's What He Needs to Do

    Congress has ignored its duty to protect the American people for too long, yet the survivors of Parkland, Tucson, Aurora, Sandy Hook, Las Vegas, Charleston, and more are calling on us to speak bravely and act boldly. As a member of Congress, I am ready to act along with my colleagues to protect the American people. Common-sense public safety legislation that closes loopholes, provides universal background checks, bans assault weapons and extended clips, and lifts the ban on public health research is necessary to accomplishing this task.
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  • How long will Republicans stay silent about Trump?

    The president's latest racist rant, offensive even in the context of his intentionally offensive tenure, has set a new low bar and made it impossible to take his apologists seriously. Those apologists need to make a choice. The time for politely avoiding the necessary conversation is over.
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  • Let's Fight to stop the Garnishment of Social Security Benefits these Holidays

    As Thanksgiving rolls around this year marking the beginning of the holiday season, we are able to pause and reflect on all that we have to be grateful for. But for far too many of us, this time of the year is no different than any other, with many Americans facing daily struggles and financial hardships. This certainly includes older Americans, too many of whom, despite Social Security, either live in poverty or live one financial shock away from poverty.
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  • A Democratic approach to energy: promote the interests of citizens, not industry

    Donald Trump claims to have an "America First" energy plan. His administration's actions over the past 10 months have made it clear that what he truly puts first are the interests of oil, gas and coal executives. Everyday Americans and our iconic American landscapes come last, if he considers them at all.
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  • We Will Fight for our DREAMers

    As one of the most unproductive years in congress begins to wind down, it is important that Democrats and Republicans come back together to vote on the DREAM Act that already has bipartisan support. The DREAM Act could be a unifying force between Republicans and Democrats in what has otherwise proven to be a polarizing political environment.
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  • The president is quietly taking aim at our national monuments

    The Trump administration, urged on by well-funded ideologues and fossil fuel interests, is engaged in an unprecedented effort to destroy our country's system of public lands. This effort is not about our shared national interest, and if left unchecked it will eventually reach your back yard.
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  • How can law-and-order Republicans stay silent on Joe Arpaio's pardon?

    Last year, before winning the presidency, Donald Trump retweeted a Benito Mussolini quote about preferring to live a day as a lion rather than a century as a sheep. It was exactly the kind of sentiment a mediocre man such as Trump admires and considers profound.
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  • Pardoning Arpaio Would Deliver a Sharp Blow to the Justice System

    I represent many of the Americans Arpaio illegally targeted for decades with his immigration "crackdowns," and feel the urgent need to point out that he is unqualified to receive clemency of any kind. Granting it would buy Trump a few positive headlines in friendly media outlets at the high cost of another long-term stain on the presidency, Trump's own reputation and our status as a nation ruled by laws rather than men.
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  • Arizona Rep. Grijalva: Trump Should Cancel His Racist Rally in Phoenix

    People come to the Arizona desert for a myriad of reasons. President Donald Trump is coming to Arizona this week to bring his circus of hate after doubling down on his defense of the Neo-Nazis and white supremacists that wreaked havoc in Charlottesville, Va. last weekend. He'll be holding a rally for his ever-dwindling number of supporters, and as part of these theatrics, will likely issue a presidential pardon for convicted criminal and disgraced former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
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  • My Colleagues' National Monument Claims are Disingenuous

    Arizonans of all political stripes know that our state's economy depends on outdoor tourism. More than 6 million people visited the Grand Canyon last year, to say nothing of the many other national parks, forests and monuments our state is fortunate to include. Maintaining our federally protected public lands is critical – not just to our economy, but to our environment and our way of life.
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  • The Bernie-Hillary Debate Is Destroying the Democratic Party

    Since the Donald Trump Administration took office, an ocean of ink has been spilled scrutinizing Democrats' minority status in Washington, rehashing the presidential race from every angle, second-guessing recent House special election losses – especially the recent race in Georgia – and generally wondering how the party can get back on track. It's largely thanks to this outpouring that Americans are now familiar with the supposedly tidy division between Bernie Sanders–style progressives and Hillary Clinton–style pragmatists, vying for what is sometimes called "the soul of the party." This ongoing conversation has drawn in Democrats in elected office at every level, myself included.
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  • Bailing On the Paris Climate Deal Would Be a Huge Security Risk

    The Trump Administration is poised to isolate itself from reality once again – this time by potentially withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate agreement. One-hundred-and-ninety-five countries thought it prudent to protect their populations from the consequences of climate change. President Trump – unlike any other head of state – seems willing to put Americans in harm's way. The security implications of backing out would be dire. The problem only worsens if you broaden your definition of security threat to include those releasing dangerous chemicals into the world. Every year, according to the International Energy Agency, 6.5 million people around the world die from fossil-fueled air pollution. That grim tally includes hundreds of thousands of Americans. This means more people are dying from fossil fuels than any other enemy out there. It's easy to imagine the White House would lead the international community into immediate action against any terrorist group – or any other sort of adversary – that did what fossil fuels do to the American people.
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  • Step up now to preserve U.S. public lands

    For Americans worried about where our environmental policies are headed, it's important to remind ourselves that we have many important milestones to our credit. On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant – a Republican – signed the bill that declared Yellowstone the world's first national park, a vision of conservation that nearly every country now follows. A century later, on Dec. 28, 1973, President Richard Nixon – also a Republican – signed the Endangered Species Act into law.
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  • The Obamacare Repeal Is a Money-Grab for the Already Rich

    For six years now, Republicans have tied their political fortunes in Washington to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Despite the fact that millions of Americans would lose medical coverage–the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates 18 million people within a year–and despite the fact that it would throw our entire health insurance system into disarray, the GOP has focused like a laser on unraveling this achievement that is vital to the health of our nation. Now, as they inch closer to making their misguided goal a reality, we're beginning to see the real motives behind the push for repeal–and they have nothing to do with the quality or cost of health care. This is about tax cuts for the rich at the expense of the poor, plain and simple.
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  • Rep. Grijalva: Realign the Democratic Party

    Elections have consequences. We have to assume that some of Donald Trump's worst campaign rhetoric on race, gender and religion will be prominent in his policies and legislation as president.
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  • DOJ not doing enough to end for-profit prison system: Column

    In August, the Department of Justice directed its Bureau of Prisons to begin phasing out the use of privately operated, for-profit prisons. The decision followed an agency internal review, which found that private prisons are more costly, less effective and more dangerous than those run by the government.
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  • Private Insurance Companies Are Destroying Affordable Health Care

    Recent news of Aetna's departure from the Affordable Care Act marketplace sent shockwaves throughout our country. Nowhere was the impact felt more strongly than my home state of Arizona, where nearly 10,000 people in Pinal county may be left without a single marketplace plan. News that Aetna had threatened in advance to leave the exchange system if they didn't get their way in a merger deal is infuriating for Arizonans who are now completely vulnerable as a result of their ploy. It highlights the systemic problems of relying on only for-profit insurers to supply our nation's health care, and re-opens the debate surrounding a public option for health care.
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  • Pulse - The Intersection of Homophobia, Racism and Access to Guns

    My heart is heavy for the Pulse nightclub victims and their families. I am sorry for this loss cutting our nation deeper than words can express, and deeply saddened that our immigration laws are preventing some families from even attending their loved one's funerals.
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  • My Bill to Create Standards for Polling Locations

    This past March, our state became a poster case for voter disenfranchisement in the 21st century. Lines lasting three, four and even five hours in the desert sun are utterly unacceptable in a nation that prides itself as the foremost democracy in the world. Equally alarming are widespread reports of errors involving voter identification, registration and party affiliation plagued polling locations that were difficult for residents to access and not adequately stocked with ballots.
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  • Immigrants Are Dying In Detention While ICE Ignores Its Own Medical Standards

    Last June, I wrote a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch calling for a Department of Justice investigation into the death of a man named José de Jesús Deniz-Sahagún. A Mexican national being held at Eloy Detention Center outside of Phoenix, Deniz-Sahagún's life came to an end under circumstances every bit as desolate and isolated as his imprisonment in the Arizona desert. The 31-year-old detainee took his own life the day after a mental health worker placed him on constant watch for delusional thoughts and behavior. Less than 24 hours later, that evaluation was disregarded. Deniz-Sahagún was left unattended, and soon after, found dead.
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  • Rep. Grijalva: Citizens United Undermines Our Democracy

    In less than two weeks, voters in Iowa will cast the first ballots of the 2016 election. As county clerks tally their votes, our nation will begin once again its loud, hard-fought, at times messy, but uniquely American experiment in democracy.
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  • Education is Back in Your Hands, Arizona

    When Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act from the lawn of his boyhood schoolhouse, he said, "No law I have signed – or will ever sign – means more to the future of America." ESEA was a major part of President Johnson's civil rights agenda. He knew the best way to combat poverty is to give all children, regardless of race, ethnicity, language, country of origin, income, disability or immigration status, access to a good education.
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  • Congress Has a Plan to Acheive 100% Clean Energey by 2050

    World leaders from over 190 countries are meeting right now in Paris to develop global plans to reduce carbon emissions and overcome the threat of climate change. With 2015 shaping up to be the hottest year ever recorded, these talks are more urgent than ever. Extreme conditions are no longer a forecast, they are happening. The scientific consensus is overwhelming. A more diverse international coalition is calling for action.
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  • Why World Leaders Are Starting to Eat Garbage

    When it comes to tackling climate change, one of the greatest challenges we face is understanding the myriad factors that influence our warming planet. Addressing some while ignoring others will only allow the mercury to continue to rise. And while threats like carbon pollution and environmental degradation feature prominently into any discussion about solving this crisis–and rightfully so–there's still at least one significant factor that remains noticeably absent from our discourse: food.
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  • The Pope, the U.S. and the Golden Calf

    Pope Francis is in the United States this week as the most dynamic – even transformational – pope in modern history. But the pontiff, whose words and actions have reinvigorated the church's teachings on poverty and ending human suffering, is touching down in a nation whose Congress and laws are in many ways at odds with his teachings and beliefs. On issues like fighting poverty, creating economic opportunity, world peace and even addressing global warming, Francis has not minced words about the consequences of our actions. The fact is, the U.S. serves as a case in point of many of the papal arguments. Inequality and social unrest in American society today are not inevitabilities – they are the consequences of the choices we make as a society.
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  • Our choices with Iran -- peace or war

    The late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin once famously said, "You don't make peace with friends. You make it with very unsavory enemies." History proves Rabin right time and again, and even provides fair warning for those who don't follow his advice. Because inherent in Rabin's words is the choice faced by any society confronting an adversary: It's either peace, or it's war.
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  • Keeping the Promise: The Voting Rights Act Must Live On

    When Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act in 1965, it marked a turning point in our nation's long and painful march toward equality for all. What was enshrined in our Constitution from the start – that all men are created equal – was in reality, never realized in the eyes of our laws. Instead, centuries of slavery, segregation, and Jim Crowe voter intimidation left African Americans and other minorities politically voiceless and relegated to an underclass in our society. The stroke of Johnson's pen was never going to exorcise this stain from our nation – no law can fully force the end of hate. But for 48 years, the VRA held back the tides of intolerance, allowing for a tremendous swell in black voter registration, turnout and elected officials.
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  • America's no 'land of the free' if we send kids fleeing violence to for-profit prisons

    On a desolate dirt road about an hour south of San Antonio, some 2,500 women and children will experience the Fourth of July in America for the first time this weekend. For them, there will be no celebration: no barbecue in the backyard or fireworks in the night sky. We proclaim to the world that those facing credible harm in their homelands can find refuge in America, and they followed our promise of sanctuary for hundreds of miles to reach our southern border. They risked life and limb to escape poverty, violence and sexual predators in their native lands to find safety in America. Instead, we threw them in jail.
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  • Grijalva: Trade deal bad for seniors, workers alike

    As early as this week, the House of Representatives will vote on whether to sideline itself from negotiations on the biggest trade deal of the 21st century. That deal – the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP – binds our economy and the fates of our workers with those of 11 other nations, many of whom do not hold the same high labor standards that we do, and some of whom are notorious for human-rights violations and currency manipulation.
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  • office location push

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    WASHINGTON DC 1511 Longworth HOB
    Washington, DC 20515
    ph (202) 225-2435
    fax (202) 225-1541
    Washington office https://goo.gl/maps/FK7uj
    AVONDALE Office
    1412 N Central Ave, Suite B
    Avondale, AZ 85323
    ph (623) 536-3388
    fax (623) 535-7479
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    SOMERTON Office 146 N. State Avenue
    Somerton AZ 85350
    ph (928) 343-7933
    fax (928) 343-7949
    Mailing Address: PO Box 4105, Somerton, AZ 85350
    Sommerton office https://goo.gl/maps/xRZNv
    TUCSON Office El Pueblo Community Center
    101 W. Irvington Road
    Buildings 4 and 5
    Tucson, AZ 85714
    ph (520) 622-6788
    fax (520) 622-0198
    Tucson office https://www.google.com/maps/place/Representative+Raul+Grijalva/@32.1634574,-110.9707989,15.25z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x1a3566d7f83aaba3!8m2!3d32.1628485!4d-110.9695019