Supporting Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Congressman Luján supports comprehensive immigration reform that is fair, humane, and keeps Americans safe. He believes we need to create a path to citizenship for immigrants, protect Dreamers, and maintain our leadership position on the international stage by committing to basic human rights and protections for those fleeing disasters and violence in their home country.
Opposing the Muslim and Refugee Ban
Rep. Luján cosponsored the Statue of Liberty Values Act 2.0 (SOLVe 2.0), which nullifies President Trump’s Muslim and refugee ban. In response to President Trump’s immigration executive order banning refugees from six Muslim-majority countries, Rep. Lujan issued the following statement:
“President Trump has not only hardened his heart against the obvious suffering of refugees fleeing persecution, destruction and carnage in their homeland, he also ignores the lessons of history. Last century, as Jews were being systematically murdered in Europe, the U.S. had a chance to admit those fleeing the Holocaust, and did virtually nothing. History will not judge the Trump administration favorably for slamming the door in the face of refugees of this century who are desperately trying to keep themselves and their families alive. The President's move could hamper our nation in the fight against terrorism and will degrade our standing in the eyes of the world. We need smart and tough strategies to keep our nation safe, not reckless, dangerous, and unconstitutional policies.”
Congressman Luján is a cosponsor of the DREAM Act, which would provide certainty for the 800,000 young people in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals who entered the United States as children. Representative Luján is also an original cosponsor of the DREAMers, Immigration, and Refugees (DIRe) Legal Aid Act. This legislation provides legal aid funding for nonprofits to assist those impacted by President Trump’s executive order on immigration and potential actions taken against DREAMers, refugees, and immigrants. The Congressman also co-sponsored the American Hope Act to give those with DACA status and others who arrived in the United States as children a path to permanent legal status and eventual citizenship. It also gives immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before their 18th birthday and before December 31, 2016 an opportunity to apply for legal status if they meet certain requirements.
Additionally, Congressman Luján cosponsored the Uniting and Securing America Act of 2018, which incorporates most of the DREAM Act, with some changes to which applicants would qualify for permanent residency and later for a green card. The bill uses the SMART Act as a basis for border security changes, requiring DHS to produce a study of the border to implement the most practical security methods.
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- September 05, 2018
June 27, 2018
Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) released the following statement in reaction to the House rejection of Speaker Ryan's anti-immigrant legislation, H.R. 6136, the "Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018."Read More
June 26, 2018
This morning, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), along with House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD), Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), and twenty Congressional Hispanic Caucus Members sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar demanding answers on the status and well-being of children separated from their parents at the border.Read More
June 25, 2018
I recently visited two facilities in Brownsville, Texas, where immigrant children are currently being detained. What I found there was heartbreaking. Among the thousands of children being held in Texas, I met Roger and Lea. Both babies are under a year old and were separated from their families over a month ago.Read More
June 21, 2018
Democratic Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Joaquin Castro on Monday called on President Donald Trump to visit the South Texas border and witness the separation between immigrant parents and children."Mr. President, if you really are in charge, pick up the phone and stop this," Luján told reporters in Brownsville, Texas. "The President should come visit these children."Read More
June 21, 2018
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján traveled from Washington, D.C., to Brownsville, Texas, near the Mexican border, on Monday to check on migrant children being housed in government shelters. Luján said what he saw disturbed him, even though the staff seemed compassionate.Read More