“It’s clear that our current immigration system is broken and badly in need of change. Congress must turn its attention to the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the United States and enact reform that provides a path to legalization and eventually citizenship, provided they play by the rules and pay their taxes. It’s important that we approach the issue of immigration with a sense of urgency, a spirit of compassion, and a commitment to security.”
– Rep. Adam Schiff
Welcoming Immigrants to America
America is a nation founded by immigrants. For generations, we have relied on their ingenuity and hard work to make the United States a more diverse and prosperous country. Rep. Schiff strongly opposes the President’s anti-immigration agenda. Rep. Schiff believes that our current immigration system is in need of comprehensive reform, not simplistic, unrealistic and divisive proposals like a wall, or a blunt increase in deportations of people who pose no threat and who have strong ties to our community. Schiff opposes building a wall across the entire southern border, he opposes the separation of families as they try to enter the United States, and he believes Congress must work on bipartisan legislation that would provide a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants, reduce our immigration backlog, and allow our country to attract the world's brightest and highest-skilled workers to help us better compete in a global market.
Supporting DREAMers/Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Recipients
Rep. Schiff strongly opposed the President’s decision to end the deferred action program (DACA) that authorizes a non-U.S. citizen who entered the U.S. before the age of sixteen to remain in the U.S. on a temporary basis, and provides them with the opportunity to apply for a work permit. For many recipients of DACA, called DREAMers, America is the only home they’ve ever known, and Schiff has worked with his colleagues in Congress to make sure DREAMers are not deported. To that end, he offered an amendment to a funding bill in 2017 that would prohibit any funds to be used for the deportation of DACA recipients. He is also an original cosponsor to the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 would allow DREAMers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients to contribute fully to the country they call home by providing a relief from the threat of deportation and a pathway to citizenship.