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

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.

March 18, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) applauded the passage of H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, and H.R. 1603, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act—vital legislation to modernize and reform our immigration system. Dr. Ruiz voted for H.R. 6 to secure permanent protections against deportation and an earned pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients, and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders. Dr. Ruiz also voted to pass H.R.

September 26, 2020 In The News

Several members of Congress called for a detention facility in Georgia to be shut down pending investigation after women detainees told them of being forced into unnecessary gynecological procedures with dirty equipment that left serious infections amid conditions so unsanitary that some begged to be deported.

September 8, 2020 In The News

President Donald Trump may have made railing against undocumented immigrants central to his political brand, but during the pandemic even his administration has been forced to acknowledge the essential work they do, particularly in keeping the country fed during a crisis.


June 18, 2020 Press Release

Washington DC - Rep. Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) today put out a statement responding to the Supreme Court ruling that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program cannot be shut down.

Statement from Dr. Ruiz: