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Immigration

We owe it to our families, we owe it to our economy, and we owe it to the founding ideals of our country to ensure that those who have come here as children, those who have fled violence and oppression, and those who have made countless contributions to our communities are able to call America home.

  • Congressman Pallone supports legislation that provides a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented who have been here for a period of time, paid their taxes, and not gotten in trouble with the law.
  • Congressman Pallone is a strong supporter of the Dream Act, which would provide a pathway to citizenship for the roughly 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program recipients in the United States and the 20,000 in New Jersey. This bill would ensure that these undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children would continue to be able to work and live in the only country most of them have ever called home.
  • Congressman Pallone has spoken out against the targeted harassment of immigrants in New Jersey’s Sixth District. He joined his colleague from New York, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, in reintroducing the Indonesian Family Refugee Protection Act, which would allow certain Indonesians who fled persecution in the late 1990s to reopen their asylum cases – thus allowing them the opportunity to seek the asylum they should receive.

More on Immigration

September 3, 2019 In The News

A delegation of lawmakers toured the Elizabeth detention center holding immigrant detainees for nearly three hours Wednesday and emerged from the facility to detail what they saw.

“It’s stark. They don’t have separate dormitories. They have a cot and they’re all together,” Rep. Frank Pallone said as he left the detention center.

August 12, 2019 Press Release

Long Branch, N.J. – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) congratulated 34 new American citizens and their guests during a special naturalization ceremony at the Long Branch Free Public Library.

August 1, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) sent a letter to Acting Director Matthew Albence at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regarding inhumane and illegal treatment of transgender asylum seekers. The Trump Administration has refused to uphold its legal duty to provide protection for transgender migrants who have a credible fear of persecution and has failed to adhere to the 2015 ICE memorandum on the Care of Transgender Detainees. Pallone was joined by 33 of his colleagues who also signed the letter.

February 26, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) voted for H.J.Res. 46, which would terminate President Trump’s fabricated national emergency for the U.S. southern border. The legislation passed the House of Representatives. Pallone is an original cosponsor of H.J.Res. 46.

February 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr (NJ-06) released the following statement on the funding agreement to keep the government open and the possibility that President Trump would build declare a national emergency to build his border wall.

January 8, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) released the following statement on President Trump’s national address this evening:

“Like many Americans, I am appalled by President Trump’s fear mongering and deception in tonight’s remarks. For years the president has blamed immigrants for our nation’s challenges while promising an expensive, wasteful and unnecessary wall. Now he has held our nation hostage and shutdown our government for weeks in a pathetic attempt to build this wall. The President should be ashamed.

January 3, 2019 Press Release

Today, at a passing of the gavel celebration on Capitol Hill, Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) announced the first three hearings the Committee will hold later this month after it has officially organized for the 116th Congress:

Hearing 1: Assessing the environmental and economic impacts of climate change. There is no more pressing issue for our economy, our communities and our planet than climate change, and this is the first of many hearings the Committee will hold on this growing crisis. 

August 14, 2018 Press Release

Today, Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09), Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), Donald Payne, Jr. (NJ-10), Albio Sires (NJ-08), Donald Norcross (NJ-01), and Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) wrote a letter to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Ronald Vitiello, demanding the removal of New Jersey ICE office spokesperson Emilio Karim Dabul after disturbing news reports surfaced of Dabul’s connections to Islamophobic groups.

July 24, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today Congressmen Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), Ted Lieu (CA-33), Anthony Brown (MD-04), and José E. Serrano (NY-15) led a letter from 24 Members of Congress to Secretary of Defense James Mattis opposing the recent decision to send Judge Advocate Generals (JAGs) to prosecute immigration cases on the southern border.

June 27, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) delivered the following remarks during a Health Subcommittee markup on his amendment that urged the Committee to hold at least one hearing on the status and welfare of the children separated from their families as a result of the Trump Administration’s “Zero Tolerance” policy. The Pallone amendment failed to pass after all Subcommittee Republicans voted against it unanimously:  

Mr. Chair, I have an amendment at the desk