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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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) released the following statement after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a federal lawsuit against the state of California that could result in the removal of federal resources from state and local law enforcement:
Serving our Veterans: This month, I spoke with the Monterey Herald about our veterans’ frustrations about the Marina VA-DoD clinic’s pharmacy.
SALINAS, CA – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) today announced dates and locations for staff mobile office hours for the month of March. Congressional staff members will be available in Hollister, Watsonville, and Gonzales to assist with issues concerning Social Security, Medicare, federal employee retirement, immigration services, veterans' services, passports, searching for military records, and any other federal matters.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to expedite the Trump Administration’s challenge to a lower court ruling blocking implementation of the Trump decision to end DACA:
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) today announced that they introduced the Immigrant Witness and Victim Protection Act (H.R. 5058).
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) released the following statement after his vote against the budget deal that will add over $300 billion to the federal deficit:
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) participated today in a bipartisan House Agriculture Committee hearing with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to discuss the state of our country’s rural economy.
Congressman Panetta spoke with Secretary Perdue about agriculture’s labor shortage, calling it the most important issue faced by producers on the central coast of California. He also asked Secretary Perdue about interagency efforts to improve the current H-2A visa process.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address:
“Tonight, President Trump delivered his first State of the Union address. Although he spoke of unity and compromise, his actions have yet to show this commitment. He has maintained his scare tactics about immigration, politicized our national security, and spoke of his so-called “America-first” trade agenda that would put California agriculture last.