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Immigration

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.  

 

 

NOTE:

DACA recipients: if you are eligible to apply for renewal, do so immediately. Due to two federal court injunctions, USCIS is still accepting renewal applications. USCIS recommends 90 to 120 days to process renewal applications, but renewal time could take longer. You can start your application here → https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-response-january-2018-preliminary-injunction

More on Immigration

June 5, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, June 4, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) voted in support of H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act.  The measure passed on a 237 – 187 vote.  The legislation allows Dreamers and individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) to continue to contribute, work, and remain legally in the United States by providing an earned pathway to citizenship.

June 4, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) voted in support of H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act.  The measure passed on a 237 – 187 vote.  The legislation allows Dreamers and individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) to continue to contribute, work, and remain legally in the United States by providing an earned pathway to citizenship.

May 29, 2019 In The News

U.S. Rep. Jimmy Panetta took a detour on his way from Washington D.C. to Carmel Valley last week to stop in two border cities, El Paso and San Diego, to see how the immigration system is working—or isn't working. 

He met with U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, Citizen and Immigration Services officials, and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officers. What he encountered was mostly an overburdened system with too little staffing. 

April 16, 2019 In The News

Several central San Joaquin Valley leaders gathered Tuesday to proclaim their opposition to the reinstatement of the United States Social Security Administration’s “no-match” letters program, which the elected officials say targets the area’s many undocumented workers and will have a devastating effect on the local agricultural economy.

April 11, 2019 In The News

Fifty adults took the oath of citizenship earlier this month in a ceremony at Cesar Chavez Library, and were delighted to have Congressman Jimmy Panetta make the opening remarks as the keynote speaker and share his personal immigration story. The Library partners regularly with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to host their Naturalization Oath Ceremony, and also offer information sessions.

April 4, 2019 In The News

I met Alfonso Cabrera on March 29, minutes after he became a U.S. citizen. He was joyful – even though I told him I wouldn’t have space to put his photo in print, he wanted to pose with red, white and blue balloons and his certificate of citizenship and insisted I take a picture.

April 2, 2019 In The News

As marchers walked down East Salinas’ Market Street in honor of Cesar Chavez’s birthday Sunday, Maribel Jacome pushed her stroller alongside the Alisal Community Arts Network marching band to hand out water.

She had two older daughters participating in the United Farm Workers of America’s event – not counting her baby girl in tow – to celebrate the 92nd birthday of the late UFW union leader who organized for better conditions for farmworkers.

March 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) cosponsored H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019.  The legislation would allow Dreamers and individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) to continue to contribute, work, and remain legally in the United States by providing an earned pathway to citizenship.

February 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a joint resolution to terminate the National Emergency Declaration at the U.S.-Mexico border by President Donald Trump.

"Today, the House voted to nullify the President’s declaration of a fictitious emergency at our nation’s southern border.  As set out in the National Emergencies Act (NEA), the President has the power to declare an emergency, but he cannot contrive the emergency in order to circumvent Congress and our constitution.

February 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) announced today that he has been appointed to serve as an Assistant Whip for the 116th Congress.