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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.  

 

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June 22, 2018 Page

Letter to House Appropriations Rejecting Family Separations

Congressman Panetta joins colleagues in urging the House Appropriations Committee to prevent funds from ever being used to needlessly separate families entering the United States. 

June 21, 2018 Page

As your United States Representative, I work every day to uphold and protect the values that we hold dear on the central coast of California.  When the Trump Administration implemented its “zero tolerance” policy for unlawful border crossings, including asylum appeals, I urged the end of this practice, which clearly is against what we stand for in our community and country.

June 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) joined five other members of Congress today to introduce the Keep Families Together Act, H.R. 6135, to protect children from being needlessly separated from their parents at the border. This bill is the House companion to the Keep Families Together Act, which was introduced in the Senate by Senator Dianne Feinstein. 

June 15, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) released the following statement to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the announcement of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

June 11, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) released the following statement after Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered immigration judges to limit asylum relief for thousands of victims of domestic abuse and gang violence.

May 24, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Members of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus Congressmen Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20), Tom Reed (R-NY-23), Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ-05), Thomas Suozzi (D-NY-03), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-08) signed the discharge petition that would force a series of floor votes on four Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), immigration, and border security proposals under the “Queen of the Hill” rule. More than half of the Republicans who have signed are members of the Caucus.

May 18, 2018 In The News

CONGRESSMAN JIMMY Panetta last week proposed that Dreamers who successfully serve in one of the five branches of United States military should be given legal status, including the possibility of eventual citizenship.

While debating the National Defense Authorization Act — which authorizes military spending for fiscal year 2019 — Panetta proposed an amendment that would give immigrants whose parents brought them to the country illegally a chance for permanent residency and possible citizenship if they serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard.

May 9, 2018 In The News

Congressman Jimmy Panetta, the Democrat who represents San Benito County in the U.S. House of Representatives, released a statement on reports Homeland Security will more frequently separate families seeking asylum at the border.

The statement is as follows:

May 9, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) released the following statement on reports that the Department of Homeland Security will more frequently separate families seeking asylum at the border.

April 2, 2018 In The News

MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif. - President Trump tweeted Sunday morning, "NO MORE DACA DEAL." His statement comes just one week after tweeting the Democrats "abandoned" DACA, but he would not. 

There are roughly 800,000 recipients of the program nationwide, many of them are on the Central Coast. Their future is still up in the air. 

"Fear. Something that I feel its being timed. Like my future is being timed," DACA Recipient and Hartnell College student, Estefania Miranda, said.