More on Immigration
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) released the following statement in reaction to the disclosure of planning documents obtained by the Texas Observer related to the construction of President Trump’s border wall:
“The grave concerns voiced by border communities about President Trump’s wall were confirmed by the documents obtained by the Texas Observer.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), Congressman José Serrano (D-NY), Congressman Juan Vargas (D-CA), and Congressman Vincente Gonzalez (D-TX) wrote to House Speaker Paul Ryan urging him to clarify his position on whether the federal government should be permitted to use eminent domain to obtain land for the construction of President Trump’s border wall.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Ruben Gallego (AZ-07) wrote to the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Phoenix Field Office, Enrique Lucero, requesting data and policy documents related to the agency’s operations in Arizona. Citing the recent Motel 6 scandal and the deportation of immigrant parents who posed no danger to their communities, the letter states that ICE’s actions in the state have called Lucero’s leadership into question and fed demands for greater transparency regarding the agency’s enforcement priorities.
Congressman: The biggest problem with Donald Trump's border wall is that it was never about border security.
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-07) issued the statement below following the administration's announcement that President Trump has decided to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, an initiative that granted protection from deportation and work authorization to Dreamers.
Gallego also filed an amendment to the House GOP's appropriations package, scheduled for consideration this week, which would block the deportation of these undocumented young people.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), issued the following statement in response to the protests and police actions following President Trump’s rally held in Phoenix:
“Thousands of peaceful demonstrators gathered on Tuesday afternoon for several hours to exercise their first amendment right to assemble and express their freedom of speech. Towards the end of the rally, however, the situation escalated quickly.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Reps. Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), Raul Grijalva (AZ-03) and Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) sent a letter to President Trump, urging him not to issue a pardon for former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Earlier this week, Fox news reported that the President said that he was “seriously considering” issuing a pardon for Arpaio, who was convicted of criminal contempt for ignoring a judge’s order to stop traffic patrols targeting suspected undocumented immigrants.
Arpaio faces up to six month’s imprisonment. His sentencing is scheduled for October 5.
Washington, DC – This morning, a U.S. federal district court found former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio guilty of criminal contempt for willful violation of a federal judge’s order to discontinue improper questioning and detention of individuals he suspected to be of undocumented status.
Following the ruling, Rep. Ruben Gallego issued the following statement:
“With the District Court’s decision, Joe Arpaio’s controversial immigration policies have been exposed for what they are: a racially-motivated breach of justice.”
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and several House Democrats held a press conference calling on House Republican Leadership to reconsider using a self-executing rule to fund President Trump’s border wall.
Using a deceptive legislative gimmick, House Republicans will add $1.6 billion in funding for the wall to a “minibus” funding bill, avoiding a clean up-or-down vote.
Washington, DC – El martes por la noche, el Comité de Reglas de la Cámara de Representantes votó a favor de una regla que gobierna el debate sobre la Ley de Autorización de Defensa Nacional (NDAA) que eliminará inmediatamente una disposición defendida por el congresista Ruben Gallego (AZ-07). Esa disposición impediría que la administración de Trump desviara fondos del presupuesto de defensa para pagar la construcción de un nuevo muro fronterizo.