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 American 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 (April 9, 2019) – Today, Congressman Joe Neguse (CO-02), Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the Guaranteed Refugee Admissions Ceiling Enhancement (GRACE) Act, legislation that would prevent a U.S. President from setting a Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions at a level below 95,000 in a given fiscal year.
Washington D.C.— Today, Representative Joe Neguse, who serves on the Sub-Committee of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced a private bill in the House of Representatives to provide a stay on the deportation of Jeanette Vizguerra, a mother of four living in limbo in Colorado because of her unique immigration case. The private bill would extend Vizguerra’s stay for 6 months and stop ICE from initiating removal proceedings, due to the fact that ICE is attempting to deport her based on their erroneous belief that there is a preexisting removal order.
Washington D.C.— Following President Trump’s veto today of the congressional joint resolution to block his national emergency, Congressman Joe Neguse released the following statement:
Washington D.C.— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse joined Democratic colleagues to introduce H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019. The bill provides a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients and individuals with TPS and DED and ensures permanent protection from deportation for those individuals.
Washington D.C.—Today, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to discuss protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients. The hearing will highlight the need for legislative solutions that provide lawful permanent resident status and a pathway to citizenship for these individuals, and will examine the personal and community-based impacts resulting from the Administration’s decision to terminate DACA, TPS and DED.
Washington D.C.— Congressman Joe Neguse released the following statement in response to President Trump’s intent to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall on our southern border:
“The President’s apparent plan to declare a national emergency is lawless and unconstitutional. Under President Trump’s purported plan, the military would need to seize hundreds of miles of private and state-owned land. It’s a gross abuse of authority and a threat to our rule of law. If the President declares a national emergency tonight, we must challenge it in court tomorrow.”
Washington D.C.— Congressman Joe Neguse (CO-02) issued the following statement after President Trump’s State of the Union Address tonight.
Washington D.C.— Congressman Joe Neguse (CO-02), himself a son of African refugees, has invited a student in the DACA program from Colorado State University to attend the State of the Union on Tuesday February 5th as his guest. Elias, a student studying Chemical and Biological Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at Colorado State University, came to America at a young age when his parents immigrated from Mexico, and currently lives and works part-time in Fort Collins where he attends school.
Washington D.C—Today, Congressman Joe Neguse was appointed to the House Judiciary Committee, which oversees the administration of justice within the federal courts, administrative agencies and federal law enforcement entities. Congressman Neguse issued the following statement regarding his appointment: