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

April 6, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced that he cosponsored the Coronavirus Immigrant Families Protection Act to help ensure that all community members, regardless of immigration status, are able to access COVID-19 testing and treatment, and other relief services provided in coronavirus relief legislation.

April 5, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced that he cosponsored the Leave No Taxpayer Behind Act to allow individuals with Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN) to receive direct monetary payments provided by federal coronavirus response aid.  

March 19, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) led a bipartisan group of 42 lawmakers in calling on U.S. Department of State Secretary Mike Pompeo to ensure that H-2A agricultural visas get processed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

February 13, 2020 In The News

On Dec. 11, U.S. congressional representatives approved the Farm Workforce Modernization Act with a vote of 260-165. Congressman Jimmy Panetta led the effort in crafting the bill alongside several other representatives, including Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Mike Simpson (R-ID), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL).

The bill, touted as a benefit for the country’s agriculture industry and farmworkers, now awaits consideration in the Senate.

February 4, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address:


February 2, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) announced that he has invited Pablo Martinez, a former farmworker living and working on the central coast of California, as his guest to Tuesday’s State of the Union speech by President Donald Trump.

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.

January 16, 2020 In The News

MONTEREY — The Congressional Hispanic Caucus will lead a delegation to the United States-Mexico border Friday to look into the impacts of the almost year-old “Remain in Mexico” policy under President Donald Trump.

Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, is part of the delegation to Brownsville, Texas, and Matamoros, Mexico, going to investigate the administration’s “Migrant Protection Protocols” (Remain in Mexico) policy’s impacts and the use of tent court facilities to adjudicate Remain in Mexico asylum cases.

December 19, 2019 In The News

El Congreso aprobó la Ley de Modernización de la Fuerza Laboral Agrícola (Farm Workforce Modernization Act) a principios de este mes, votando una medida que daría a los trabajadores agrícolas indocumentados un camino hacia la obtención de la residencia permanente.

“Esta es una oportunidad para resolver un problema que aqueja a los Estados Unidos”, dijo la representante Zoe Lofgren, quien encabezó el proyecto de ley. 

La última vez que el Congreso abordó el asunto del trabajo agrícola fue en 1986.

December 17, 2019 In The News

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Farm Workforce Modernization Act last week with bipartisan support.

The bill creates a certified agricultural worker status for H-2A temporary farm workers. California Farm Bureau President Jamie Johansson called the bill “a huge step toward addressing problems that have harmed farmers, ranchers and their employees for more than a generation.”

Here’s Salinas Valley Congressman Jimmy Panetta offering his support for the bill on the house floor.