As the son of African refugees, the immigrant experience is particularly familiar to Representative Neguse. His parents fled from a small war-torn country in East Africa over 35 years ago. The opportunities that growing up in America brought to him and his family exemplify the American experience and what is possible when we allow everyone to succeed in our great nation. It is our immigrant experience and our diversity as a nation that has set us apart, making America the land of innovation as well as the land of opportunity. Representative Neguse also serves on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship, where he is already working to defend our Dreamers, create pathways to legal immigration and fight for comprehensive immigration reform.
Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Representative Neguse believes that our current immigration system is broken and the need for reform has never been so great. In 2013, the U.S. Senate passed a historic comprehensive immigration reform bill -- a historic step that ultimately amounted to nothing because Republican leaders in the House have refused to bring the bill forward for a vote. While we still may not agree on each individual provision, we have now seen the consequences of inaction. Shortly after partisan bickering derailed comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level, Colorado was forced to confront the challenges of immigration at the state level.
In order to create true, long-lasting reform, we must set and achieve the following objectives:
Defend the Dreamers: In order to create real, long-lasting reform, we must create a pathway to legal status for the millions of undocumented immigrants who have made lives for themselves and their families in the United States. It is essential for our national security to know who resides within our borders.
Create more pathways to legal immigration: In order to reduce unlawful immigration, we must create greater legal channels to immigrate to the United States. Both our employment-based immigration and family-based immigration systems create obstacles that are often insurmountable for business owners who depend on foreign workers and families long separated by borders. By reforming our laws and addressing the needs of the business community and immigrant families, we can and will stem the tide of unlawful immigration and protect our national security.
As the Representative for the Second Congressional District, Representative Neguse will proudly support comprehensive immigration reform and other legislation that will improve our immigration system.
More on Immigration
Washington D.C. —Today, Congressman Joe Neguse, who represents Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District and co-chairs the bipartisan congressional Refugee Caucus, led a bipartisan letter opposing a reported Trump administration proposal to drastically cut the number of refugees admitted through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (“USRAP”), cuts that would be in direct conflict with Congress’s intent in the 1980 Refugee Act. The Trump Administration is reported to be seeking to lower the minimum number of refugees admitted to the U.S. from 30,000 each year to zero for Fiscal Year 2020.
Washington D.C.— This week, the House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship held multiple hearings on overcrowding and prolonged detention in Custom and Border Protection facilities at the border and immigration application backlogs at the USCIS. These were the first in a series of planned hearings on immigration policies and to examine current conditions for children and adults in detention facilities at the border and across the country. Congressman Joe Neguse released the following statement on the hearing:
Washington D.C.— Following the House Judiciary Committee’s approval to authorize subpoenas for several Administration officials relating to the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, Congressman Joe Neguse released the following statement:
Washington D.C.— Today, Congressman Neguse voted against the Senate’s insufficient humanitarian aid legislation, which, unlike the bill passed earlier in the week from the House of Representatives, does not include standards of care for children at the border or establish restrictions to prevent funds from going towards child separation. He released the following statement after the vote:
Washington, D.C.— Today, Representative Neguse signed onto H.R. 3239, legislation to establish humanitarian standards of care for individuals in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody. This legislation would require facilities to provide a basic health screening by a medical professional for every individual and require they maintain the personnel and equipment necessary to provide emergency care, basic medication, emergency transportation and interpreters. Additionally, the bill will create standards on nutrition, water, sanitation, hygiene, and shelter.
Washington D.C.— Today, Congressman Neguse sent a letter to the Immigration Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, which he serves on, requesting an oversight hearing to investigate the activities of the private corporation, “GEO Group, Inc.,” regarding the Aurora, Colorado GEO detention facility.
Washington D.C.—This morning, following reports last night that Administration immigration authorities would target people for deportation in several cities across the U.S. this weekend, including in Denver, Representatives Joe Neguse, Diana DeGette, Ed Perlmutter and Jason Crow released the following joint statement:
Washington D.C.— Today, Congressman Neguse spoke on the House floor in support of the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, legislation to provide permanent protections for DACA recipients, TPS holders and DED recipients. Neguse was chosen to represent the Democratic Caucus to respond to Republican efforts to sideline the bill and vote down the final passage. The Dream and Promise Act of 2019 passed the House following Neguse’s floor remarks with 237 votes.
Washington D.C. —Representatives Joe Neguse (D-CO), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) are leading a bipartisan letter urging Attorney General Barr and Acting Secretary McAleenan to retract guidelines issued in April which bars the naturalization of legal permanent residents who have been employed in the legal Cannabis industry. The letter follows recent incidents where individuals in Colorado and elsewhere were not only denied naturalization but U.S.