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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.  




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 →




My office is here to help with any questions you may have regarding documentation and current laws. Regardless of your immigration status, you have certain rights:


  1. You have the right to ask for an attorney before answering any questions by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or any other law enforcement.
  2. Make sure you fully understand the question you are answering and any documents you may be signing.
  3. ICE must have a warrant to enter your home. If an ICE agent does not show you a warrant, you may refuse entry. A valid warrant must state your correct name and address on it.

No importa su estatus migratorio, usted tiene derechos legales.

  1. Usted tiene el derecho de solicitar un abogado antes de responder cualquier pregunta del Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE: por sus siglas en inglés) de los EEUU, o cualquier otra aplicación de la ley.
  2. Asegúrese que entiende completamente la pregunda que está respondiendo y cualquier documento que pueda estar firmando.
  3. ICE debe tener una orden para ingresar a su hogar. Si un agente de ICE no le muestra una orden judicial, puede rechazar la entrada. Una orden de registro válida debe indicar su nombre y dirección correctos.


  1. If you have a valid work permit or Green Card, always carry it with you for identification purposes.
  2. Make sure you know the phone number of a family member, friend or attorney who can help you.
  3. Keep important documents like your birth certificate, immigration documents and alien registration number somewhere where a family member or friend can access them if necessary.
  4. Make sure your friends and family can find you if you are detained by ICE. They can use the ICE online detainee locator.

Tenga un plan de seguridad:

  1. Si tiene un permiso de trabajo válido o tarjeta verde, llévelo siempre con para verificar su identificación.
  2. Asegúrese que sabe el número de teléfono de un familiar, amigo o abogado quien puede.
  3. Guarde documentos importantes como su certificado de nacimiento, documentos de inmigración y número de registro de extranjero en algún lugar donde un familiar o amigo pueda accederlos si es necesario.
  4. Asegúrese que sus amigos y familiares puedan encontrarlo si está detenido por ICE. Pueden usar el localizador de detenidos en línea de ICE.



More on Immigration

January 21, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA - On Friday, January 17, 2020, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) was invited to travel with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico to investigate the impacts of the Administration’s “Migrant Protection Protocols” (MPP), also known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy which directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to return asylum seekers to Mexico while their claims are being processed. They also investigated the use of tent court facilities to adjudicate Remain in Mexico asylum cases.

December 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, a bipartisan bill spearheaded by U.S. Representatives Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19), Dan Newhouse (R-WA-04), Mike Simpson (R-ID-02), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-01), and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25), passed the U.S. House of Representatives with a 260-165 vote.

November 22, 2019 In The News

Hundreds of thousands of undocumented farmworkers could see a new path to legalization under the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, a bipartisan bill presented in the House Judiciary Committee this week.

Proponents of the bill say the legislation will help address a severe worker shortage in agriculture, while granting more stability and security to those working in the fields.

November 21, 2019 In The News

MONTEREY – Passed on an 18-12 vote of the House Judiciary Committee, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, a bipartisan bill spearheaded by Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, and five others, has been recommended for a full vote of the U.S. House of Representatives.

November 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, a bipartisan bill spearheaded by U.S. Representatives Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19), Dan Newhouse (R-WA-04), Mike Simpson (R-ID-02), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-01), and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25), passed the House Judiciary Committee on an 18-12 vote, recommending the legislation for a vote in the full U.S. House of Representatives.

November 8, 2019 In The News

MONTEREY – A federal grant totaling more than $1.6 million was awarded to Monterey County for reimbursement of Palo Colorado road repairs caused by severe winter storms that took place in February 2017.

Representative Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, who helped get the funds, announced that the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded the grant totaling $1,663,670.25 to pay back the county for its work.

November 8, 2019 In The News

Desde que Oswaldo llegó de México hace 17 años ha trabajado en los campos de California. “Sería maravilloso si pudiera tener un permiso para trabajar; y más tarde, la residencia. Podría andar más tranquilo sin tanta angustia”, dice este trabajador agrícola del Valle de Salinas en el norte del estado. 

November 7, 2019 In The News

Five California Congress members, including Zoe Lofgren (District 19) and Jimmy Panetta (District 20) have unveiled a House bill to provide a path to citizenship for undocumented farmworkers.

In an Oct. 30 “tele-press conference,” Lofgren and Panetta said their Farm Workforce Modernization Act would provide a path to legal status for nearly 250,000 California farmworkers provided they can demonstrate they have worked in agriculture in the past, will continue to work in agriculture in the future, and meet other requirements.

November 6, 2019 In The News

With support from the California Farm Bureau Federation and many other agricultural groups around the state and nation, members of the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced a bill that seeks to ensure a stable and legal workforce for farms, ranches and other agricultural producers.

November 2, 2019 In The News

The central coast of California has deep roots with people who come to this country and work in agriculture. The willingness of people to take risks and work hard has greatly contributed to the success of our local agriculture and a sustained food production on American soil.