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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Democratic Congressman Jimmy Panetta has moved forward on two initiatives to support the nation's agricultural industry. Panetta, who represents the 20th congressional district, which includes major growing regions in the Salinas and Pajaro Valleys and parts of Santa Clara Valley, has joined forces with Republican Congressman Rodney Davis of Illinois to establish the bipartisan Congressional Agriculture Research Caucus.
WATSONVILLE >> Agricultural workers and their families could become eligible to apply for a “blue card” that would give them a one-time opportunity to acquire legal citizenship status and work authorization if they show consistent employment in U.S. agriculture over the past two years, pay a fine and pass a thorough background check.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) and 26 of his House Democratic colleagues introduced a bill to legalize the immigration status of farm workers working in American agriculture. The bill, of which Congressman Panetta is an original co-sponsor, would create a program that would allow agricultural workers and their families to apply for a “Blue Card” that gives them legal status and work authorization if they show consistent employment in U.S.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) released the following statement today in response to President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018, “A New Foundation for American Greatness”:
“President Trump’s damaging budget proposal would slash government programs critical to families, students, and businesses on the central coast of California.
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WASHINGTON – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) authored a letter sent Tuesday to President Donald Trump urging him and his administration to collaborate with Congress to improve our nation’s immigration system. Cosigned by Reps. Jeff Denham (R-CA-10), Jim Costa (D-CA-16), and David G. Valadao (R-CA-21), the bipartisan letter highlights the critical role that immigrants play in California’s agriculture industry, which feeds the world.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) released the following statement about the confirmation of Sonny Perdue as the 31st Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA):
“Producers, shippers, and farm workers on the central coast of California deserve a strong voice in support of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs on which rural communities like ours depend. I hope that Secretary Perdue will be that voice and that he will stand firm against the administration’s proposed 21% Agriculture budget cuts.