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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

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.

February 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressional leadership has appointed Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) to serve on three committees during the 116th Congress.  He will serve on the House Ways and Means Committee and its Trade Subcommittee.

January 25, 2019 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) released the following statement after President Donald Trump announced a deal to reopen the government:

January 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced legislation to shield farmworkers from deportation and put them on a path toward earned legal status and eventual citizenship.

January 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) led 54 of his colleagues in writing Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross expressing concern that the administration’s decision to decrease the number of Area Census Offices could lead to a potential undercount of rural, immigrant, low-income, communities of color, and traditionally hard to count communities during the 2020 Census. 

January 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) along with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), and Ted W. Lieu (D-CA) authored and introduced the Keep Families Together Act of 2019.  The legislation will prohibit DHS officials from separating children from their parents and institute safeguards to protect and promote the legal rights, health and wellness of asylum seekers, children, and their families.  The bill has already garnered 184 additional co-sponsors.

January 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) was appointed by Congressional leadership to serve on the House Ways and Means Committee.  Congressman Panetta released the following statement:

January 8, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) released the following statement after President Donald Trump’s address on his decision to continue the partial government shutdown.

January 7, 2019 Page

Resources for federal employees can be found here: https://panetta.house.gov/services/resources-federal-employees

 

Will my mail still arrive during the shutdown?

December 11, 2018 Page

Congressman Jimmy Panetta, House Democrats Comments in Response to Proposed Rulemaking: Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds

 

Congressman Panetta joined more than 100 House Democrats in posting a comment to the Federal Register., arguing that the proposed rule undermines the intent of Congress.