Immigration

Immigrants from all over the world have made tremendous contributions to our society and our economy since the birth of our nation. Our immigrant families are an invaluable part of our communities in the 36th District.

Our immigration system is broken, however, and I am working with Democrats and Republicans toward a comprehensive immigration system that is rooted in common sense. For far too long, Congress has failed to act on a comprehensive plan for reform. I believe that any comprehensive immigration reform plan must be bipartisan, secure our borders, uphold the immigration laws we already have, protect our workers and businesses, and include an earned pathway to citizenship for those who work hard and play by the rules. It is time to put aside the political games and work together in a bipartisan effort to address this critical challenge that will secure our borders, improve our economy, provide our businesses a stable workforce, and reduce the deficit by $800 billion.

I strongly support passing the DREAM Act, which will provide our students who are in the United States through no fault of their own the opportunity to get a high-quality education, help grow our economy, serve this country in our military, and contribute to the future of the only nation they have ever called home.

Unfortunately, instead of allowing a vote on the bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill, which passed the Senate over one year ago on September 1, 2014, House Leadership opted to bring two highly partisan bills to the floor which had no chance of becoming law.

H.R. 5230 eliminated the protections for children who are victims of human trafficking and sexual abuse that were enacted with bipartisan support in 2008, and failed to provide adequate support to address the humanitarian crisis at the border.

H.R. 5272 would have rolled back and prevented the implementation of the Dream Act, which allows young people who were brought to this country as children, through no fault of their own, to stay in this country if they are serving in the military or attending college.

Neither of these partisan bills would have solved the crisis at the border or addressed our nation's broken immigration system in the long term. I oppose these bills and I would have voted against both of them. I will continue to work with Members from both parties to achieve comprehensive immigration reform that will reduce our deficit and improve our economy.

More on Immigration

September 13, 2021 In The News

The slim Democratic majority in Congress is pushing forward with an ambitious plan to legalize an estimated 8 million immigrants living in the U.S. without legal status through a budget bill that would circumvent the 60-vote threshold typically needed to pass major legislation in the Senate.

July 29, 2021 In The News

President Biden will meet with 11 Democratic members of Congress at the White House Thursday to discuss the next steps for providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented migrants brought to the U.S. as children, a White House official told Axios. 

Why it matters: Congressional Democrats plan to try to pass pathways to citizenship for so-called Dreamers, TPS holders and undocumented essential workers in the upcoming reconciliation package. Biden also has consistently called on Congress to pass legislation to protect Dreamers. 

July 29, 2021 In The News

President Joe Biden reiterated his support for a Democratic effort to include immigration policy in his multi-trillion anti-poverty package, assuring a group of lawmakers on Thursday that he would stand by them in their push to see a pathway to citizenship for millions signed into law. 

July 15, 2021 In The News

Exhausted by years of sputtering immigration talks with Republicans, Democrats plan to try their luck with the Senate's byzantine rulebook instead.

Top Democrats, with the support of the White House, are planning to tuck a handful of immigration measures into their forthcoming $3.5 trillion spending bill. The tactic — which just months ago seemed like a long shot even to liberals — is now widely seen as President Joe Biden’s best shot at confronting one of Washington’s policy leviathans and delivering on a decades-long party promise.

May 17, 2021 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Today, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) led a meeting Vice President Harris and his fellow Congressional Hispanic Caucus Members (CHC) to discuss how we can address the root causes of migration from Northern Triangle countries.

Following the meeting, Dr. Ruiz issued the below statement:

May 14, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) called for the Senate to pass H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act, following President Joe Biden’s meeting with DACA recipients. Six Dreamers from across the country sat down with President Biden today, including Leydy Rangel, National Communications Manager for the United Farm Workers, whose hometown is Coachella, California.  

May 14, 2021 In The News

Coachella Valley resident Leydy Rangel was among a group of six DACA recipients invited to the White House on Friday to meet with President Joe Biden. 

The President met with the "Dreamers" in the Oval office to discuss the issue of immigration. 

"The President told us that he is with us," Rangel said. 

It's the first time Biden has met with a group of people that aren't officials. The meeting was held with the goal of pressuring Congress to pass a bill that would create a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients and give legal status farmworkers. 

May 13, 2021 In The News

Even before Representative Raul Ruiz was the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, or became a member of Congress in 2012, he was a doctor in California

Ruiz sat down with Newsweek for a Q&A-style interview to talk about being a physician and a lawmaker during a pandemic, the ins and outs of getting Biden and Congress to move on immigration, the Latino vote, disinformation campaigns, and more. 

April 20, 2021 In The News

Members of the leadership team of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus are meeting with President Joe Biden Tuesday.

Dr. Raul Ruiz is the chair of the Caucus. 

Rep. Pete Aguilar previewed the meeting on Twitter, saying, "We'll talk about infrastructure, health care access and equity, immigration reform and ways we can deliver for communities like the Inland Empire. Looking forward to this continued partnership."

Aguilar represents California's 31st congressional district.

April 13, 2021 In The News

In her native dialect, Elizabeth Esteban's mother tells him how proud she is to learn that she has just fulfilled the dream that so many young Latinos seek to achieve, a full scholarship to Harvard University . 

“I am very proud, because no one in this community has been able to achieve this. And I am very proud and grateful. Nobody here, on this side of the valley thinks they can achieve something like that, ”says Esteban.

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