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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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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.  

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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.

June 28, 2018 In The News

The Central Coast's congressman, Jimmy Panetta, was one of four California representatives to visit a facility housing immigrant children separated from their parents, his office announced Wednesday afternoon.

Panetta (CA-20) joined Reps. Mike Thompson (CA-05), Doris Matsui (CA-06) and Brad Sherman (CA-30) on a trip to a private, nonprofit facility about an hour from Washington, D.C., Thompson said in a Youtube video. 

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 19, 2018 In The News

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 19, 2018 In The News

Monterey >> In a companion bill to the Keep Families Together Act introduced in the Senate by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Congressman Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, and five other members of the House of Representatives will be introducing legislation to protect children from being needlessly separated from their parents.

Congressman Panetta addressed the claim made by President Trump that separation is part of the existing law.