This is a country of immigrants. It’s past time our laws–and our rhetoric–reflect that fundamental fact.
Throughout his career, Jerry has been a steadfast champion for the rights of the immigrants who make up the civic fabric of our nation. As Judiciary Chair, he worked to create a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers, led the charge and introduced the legislation to overturn Trump’s hateful, racist Muslim Ban, and secured key funding in President Biden’s Build Back Better framework for priorities crucial to immigrants, including resources that would unclog the green card backlog.
Like most Americans, Jerry is a descendant of immigrants: this issue is personal to him. When the news broke about Trump’s abhorrent family separation policy, Jerry put his body in harm’s way while visiting an ICE facility–he literally placed his foot in a door so that ICE officers could not hide their actions from the world–in an effort to reunite separated families.
Jerry is committed to fighting for comprehensive immigration reform and equally committed to protecting immigrants from Republicans and their hateful, divisive rhetoric. He’ll keep leading the Judiciary Committee–which has jurisdiction over immigration-related issues–with the same compassion and dedication to advocating for the most vulnerable among us.
- Defending our Democracy
- Delivering for New Yorkers
- Disability Rights
- Women’s Rights
- LBGTQIA+ Rights
- Safeguarding the Environment
- 9/11 Survivors
- Restoring Balance to the Supreme Court
- Legalizing Marijuana
- Limiting Corporate Power
- Protecting Reproductive Rights
- Racial Justice
- Reforming America’s Gun Laws