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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.  


More on Immigration

October 18, 2017 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) joined over 100 colleagues in the House of Representatives in sending a letter to President Donald Trump expressing disappointment in his decision to set the presidential determination for refugee admissions at 45,000 for Fiscal Year 2018. The letter urges the President to reconsider his determination and establish a minimum refugee admission level of 110,000 for Fiscal Year 2018, the same level as the Presidential Determination for Fiscal Year 2017.

October 9, 2017 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) released the following statement in response to the immigration principles that the Trump Administration released Sunday evening:

September 28, 2017 In The News
Rotary Club members receive update on government issues
September 27, 2017 In The News

Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-Salinas) has signed a petition to force the House of Representatives to consider the DREAM Act of 2017, according to a press release issued Monday.

The DREAM Act of 2017 is a bill that would permanently protect people who entered the country illegally as children, allowing them to remain and work legally in the U.S.

If the petition is signed by a majority of members of the House of Representatives, it would force the bill to be brought to the floor for a vote.

September 25, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) signed a discharge petition to force consideration of H.R. 3440, the DREAM Act of 2017.  H.R. 3440 is a bipartisan bill that would permanently protect DREAMers and allow them to remain and work legally in the United States. If the discharge petition is signed by a simple majority of Members in the House of Representatives (218 Members), it would force this critical piece of legislation to be brought to the Floor of the House for a vote.

September 20, 2017 In The News

Seaside >> At a gathering of community leaders, local business owners, engaged citizens, and government officials, an in-house poll showed that affordable housing, and health care were the most pressing topics in Monterey County.

About 300 were in attendance to listen to a panel of local, state and federal elected officials at the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Annual Leadership Luncheon on Wednesday at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Monterey Bay in Seaside.

September 15, 2017 In The News

A WEEK after the Trump administration announced it would phase out the executive order shielding illegal immigrant children brought into the United States by their parents from deportation, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution to support them.

On Tuesday, the elected officials voted to adopt a resolution “supporting Dreamers and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program,” which the Obama administration established in 2012.

September 14, 2017 In The News

President Donald Trump’s decision last week to eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program sparked fear and fury across the nation, but Hollister institutions stood united.

September 13, 2017 In The News
Reps. Jimmy Panetta, Collin Peterson and Jim Costa of the House Agriculture Committee hold session in Salinas to hear concerns from the ag industry to incorporate into the 2018 Farm Bill
September 12, 2017 In The News

On the heels of President Trump’s move to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, better known as DACA, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to pass a resolution that declares the county a “Dreamers County” on Tuesday.

Supervisor Luis Alejo, who represents District 1 that includes the city of Salinas, proposed the resolution, which also urges Congress to move forward on legislation that codifies DACA into law.