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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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NEWS

On October 10, 2018, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted a proposed rule change in the Federal Register to deny permanent residency for legal immigrants who use public benefits, including food assistance, Medicaid, and Section 8 housing vouchers.  DHS will be collecting public comments for 60 days, through December 10, 2018.  Comments can be made through the Federal Register web portal, found by clicking here or at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USCIS-2010-0012-0001 and click on "comment now." 

Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) released the following statement to encourage residents living on the central coast of California to participate and share their comments: 

"I hope that everyone in our community on the central coast of California will speak out and participate in this public comment period.  It is crucial that the Administration hears about and understands the ramifications of the proposed new rule that would punish legal immigrants for accessing basic needs programs.  It is important that we share our opinions with DHS about such a radical departure from current policy." 

On September 22, DHS posted an advance copy of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) related to the public charge ground of inadmissibility, before formally publishing the NPRM in the Federal Register.  The publication of the NPRM in the Federal Register will open a 60-day public comment period allowing members of the public to provide input on DHS’ proposal.

After the comment period ends, DHS will carefully consider public comments and eventually publish a final rule in the Federal Register reflecting the date on which that final rule will go into effect.

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More on Immigration

October 11, 2018 In The News
Service providers, elected leaders decry changes, urge public to comment
October 10, 2018 In The News

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security posted a proposed rule change in the Federal Register Wednesday to deny permanent residency for legal immigrants who use public benefits, including food assistance, Medicaid, and Section 8 housing vouchers.

DHS will be collecting public comments for 60 days. Comments can be made by using the Federal Register's website.

October 9, 2018 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – On October 10, 2018, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will post a proposed rule change in the Federal Register to deny permanent residency for legal immigrants who use public benefits, including food assistance, Medicaid, and Section 8 housing vouchers.

October 9, 2018 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) announced that California FarmLink received federal grants and loan capital totaling over $1,086,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Rural Development.

October 1, 2018 In The News

A Central Coast nonprofit celebrated 15 years of work on housing, immigration and healthcare, including a primary-care program for undocumented immigrants, Sunday in Salinas.

More than 500 people attended the anniversary celebration of Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action (COPA), a coalition of 28 organizations throughout Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties, that focuses on community engagement.

September 24, 2018 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Congressman Jimmy (CA-20) released the following statement after the Department of Homeland Security announced a proposed rule to deny green cards for immigrants who legally use public benefits, including food assistance, Medicaid, and Section 8 housing vouchers. 

August 8, 2018 Page

I will be holding town hall meetings this month in Salinas, Watsonville, and Monterey.  These meetings will be opportunities for members of our community to share their ideas and concerns about issues affecting the central coast of California.  Seating for all events is first come, first served.  Town halls will also be live-streamed on my Facebook and YouTube pages.  

For ADA or translation accommodations, or any other questions, please call (831) 424-2229.

 

July 19, 2018 In The News

WHEN ENTERING CONGRESSMAN JIMMY PANETTA’S OFFICE in Salinas on a morning in early May, he stands up behind his desk and offers a firm handshake and a wide smile.

It may be a typical greeting, especially for a politician, but it’s also symbolic of the type of politician Panetta aspires to be – one that’s trying to help restore bipartisanship to a country that seems more bitterly divided by the day.

July 18, 2018 Page

Congressman Panetta and Colleagues Send Letter to HHS on Concerns of DNA Testing to Reunite Immigrant Families 

 

Congressman Panetta and Colleagues send a letter to HHS to express concerns regarding the use of DNA testing by the Administration to reunite immigrant families. 

 

The full letter can be read below.

Dear Secretary Azar:

 

July 18, 2018 Page

Congressman Panetta and Fellow Members of Congress Call On Trump To Explain How And When Administration Will Reunite Separated Families

 

Congressman Panetta and his House colleagues called upon the Trump Administration to immediately start reuniting separated families. They asked key questions on how the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services are actually going to reunite separated family members.