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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.  


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.



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 →

More on Immigration

October 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) led his Democratic colleagues from the California Congressional Delegation in calling on the administration to stop a proposed rule to restrict states’ flexibility in administering the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known as CalFresh in California.This proposal, which limits states’ ability to set their own Standard Utility Allowances (SUAs) based on local experience

September 15, 2019 In The News

Policy advocate Jessica Bartholow of the Western Center on Law and Poverty had a question for U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on June 27, at a town hall meeting hosted by Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, in Watsonville. After pointing out that the Trump administration was proposing to cut Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, previously known as food stamps, to “able-bodied adults without dependents” – despite bipartisan support of the 2018 Farm Bill outlining such benefits – she asked if Purdue “had a sense” whether he would proceed.

September 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today. Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) introduced the Immigrant Witness and Victim Protection Act, to remove barriers for undocumented immigrant victims and witnesses who may be eligible for protections under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and other federal laws.  This bill will strengthen existing protections and ensure immigrant survivors of crime can work with law enforcement to prosecute criminals.

September 4, 2019 Page

I joined my fellow California members of Congress in condemning the President's plan to divert funding from FEMA disaster relief to pay for ICE detention beds. With California at peak fire season and a hurricane off our Atlantic coast, raiding these funds is irresponsible. Read our letter:

September 3, 2019


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August 30, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) joined Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), along with Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA), Congressman Lou Correa (D-CA), Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and other lawmakers penned a letter to Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kevin McAleenan, Acting U.S.

July 18, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) recently introduced the Providing Justice for Asylum Seekers Act, a piece of legislation that ends mandatory in absentia, while absent, removal orders for asylum seekers by providing immigration judges discretion in the use of such orders.

The measure provides meaningful due process protections for families and children seeking asylum in the United States.

July 18, 2019 In The News

A bill introduced last week by Congressman Jimmy Panetta would enable judges to forgive missed court dates by those who are seeking asylum, making it easier for them to avoid deportation.

The “Providing Justice for Asylum Seekers Act” would give immigration judges greater discretion to decide whether non-citizens seeking asylum who miss court dates should have them rescheduled.

The bill would also make it possible for a judge to reopen a case if an immigration judge “wrongly” issued a deportation order because an individual didn’t show up in court.

June 28, 2019 Press Release

WATSONVILLE, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) hosted U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue in Watsonville, California to talk about the importance of innovation, immigration, and trade to the agriculture industry and communities on the central coast of California. 

Congressman Panetta and Secretary Perdue were joined by Congressman Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), who serves on the House Agriculture Committee with Congressman Panetta, to tour a local farm and learn more about their investments in innovation and research. 

June 28, 2019 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 3401, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border Act:

June 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC –  Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to pause the Trump Administration’s plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

"I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to halt the inclusion of an unnecessary citizenship question in the 2020 Census.  The Administration’s rationale for adding the question is inadequate and based on politics over sound policy.