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As the grandson of immigrants who realized the American dream of freedom, prosperity, and equality, I firmly believe that diversity within our country must be valued, not belittled.

We must never forget that being American means that we bear the burden to serve one another and welcome people of all religions and nationalities who are willing to come here and share in that responsibility.

I have made bipartisan immigration reform one of my top priorities in Congress. I will readily accept the chance to work across the aisle to develop an effective solution for immigrant families and individuals who call our district home.  


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August 10, 2017 Press Release

SALINAS – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), along with House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (MN-7) and Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16), hosted an agriculture roundtable session at Hartnell College in Salinas, California. The Congressmen held the roundtable to hear the concerns and priorities of local agriculture producers, farm workers, and nutrition organizations regarding the nation's food policy, including the Farm Bill.

Congressman Panetta and Congressman Costa made the below remarks:

August 10, 2017 In The News

A continued and growing labor shortage, immigration reform, nutrition and research funding are some of the top priorities and concerns of the agriculture industry here in the Salinas Valley.

With the national Farm Bill on the legislative horizon in 2018, Congressman Jimmy Panetta of the 20th District spearheaded an agricultural roundtable on Thursday to gather the key priorities and concerns of the industry and local leaders.

August 10, 2017 In The News
“It’s important to listen to people, gather that evidence, bring it back to Washington, and continue to fight for those topics important to the Central Coast, California, and ultimately the nation,” said Panetta.
July 26, 2017 In The News

On July 19, Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) announced in a press release on his website that he and other members of Congress were supporting H.R. 2690, the Agriculture Worker Program Act — also known as the Blue Card Bill — which would shield undocumented agriculture workers from deportation and put them on the path to citizenship.

July 19, 2017 In The News

An unconventional prop sat beside the podium at a Tuesday press conference in Washington, D.C. -- watermelons.

July 19, 2017 In The News

H.R. 2690, called the blue card bill, was introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein in may. Representative Jimmy Panetta and Representative Luis Gutierrez along with 44 other congressman, are pushing to put undocumented agriculture workers on the path to citizenship.  Under the agricultural worker program act, farm workers will have to show employment over the past 2 years, pay a fine and pass a thorough background check to receive a blue card. The current co-sponsors of H.R. 2690 are democrats.

July 6, 2017 In The News
This year, the junior congressman for the 20th district, Jimmy Panetta provided the keynote address, one that inspired and touched upon his own family’s immigrant background.
July 3, 2017 In The News
Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, told his family’s story of immigration, how his grandfather left from Naples to sail across the Atlantic and arrived in Ellis Island in 1921. Eventually he made it to Monterey, where he ran a cafe that allowed him to purchase the land in Carmel Valley where his parents now live. “We’re a nation of immigrants, but we’re also a nation of risk-takers and I believe that’s what makes us exceptional,” he said. “You bring with you the best qualities of spirit of where you come from, but it’s that quality of willingness to take that risk, which is a quality that fills your history, that fills the history of this country and most importantly, determines the future.”
June 9, 2017 In The News

Democratic Congressman Jimmy Panetta has moved forward on two initiatives to support the nation's agricultural industry. Panetta, who represents the 20th congressional district, which includes major growing regions in the Salinas and Pajaro Valleys and parts of Santa Clara Valley, has joined forces with Republican Congressman Rodney Davis of Illinois to establish the bipartisan Congressional Agriculture Research Caucus.

June 7, 2017 In The News

WATSONVILLE >> Agricultural workers and their families could become eligible to apply for a “blue card” that would give them a one-time opportunity to acquire legal citizenship status and work authorization if they show consistent employment in U.S. agriculture over the past two years, pay a fine and pass a thorough background check.