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Congressman Ruben Gallego

Representing the 7th District of Arizona


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February 21, 2017 Press Release

“These new guidelines tell us one thing: the Trump administration is willing to go after just about any member of the immigrant community. Last week, ICE arrested a DACA recipient and continues to hold him in custody without showing sufficient cause for his detention. Now the administration releases guidelines that lay the groundwork for mass deportation and tries to sell it to the American people as business-as-usual. This is far from the truth.

February 17, 2017 Press Release

“The men and women of the U.S. National Guard sign up to defend our nation and the ideals it represents, not to be an extension of Donald Trump’s propaganda.  It’s shameful that the Trump administration would use our National Guard to distract from the questions surrounding his campaign’s past relationship with Russia and the growing calls for an investigation from members of both parties. As a military veteran and member of the House Armed Services Committee, I will fight to make sure that our National Guard is used to uphold the safety, and integrity, of our homeland.

February 9, 2017 Press Release

"La deportación de la Sra. Rayos sería una tragedia para su familia joven. Donald Trump está separando cruelmente a una madre y a un sostén de la familia de sus hijos estadounidenses.

February 9, 2017 Press Release

“The deportation of Ms. Rayos would be a tragedy for her young family.  Donald Trump is cruelly ripping a mother and a breadwinner away from her American citizen children.    

June 23, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today the Supreme Court affirmed the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in U.S. v. Texas with a 4-4 split decision. As a result, the injunction on President Obama’s immigration executive actions – the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program – will stand. The decision does not affect those who have benefitted from the original 2012 DACA program.

Congressman Ruben Gallego issued the following statement:

June 16, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Amendments to the Fiscal Year 2017 Department of Defense funding bill that would have prevented beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program from serving in the armed forces were struck down on the House floor today.

June 15, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – On the 4 year anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), House GOP leaders will push for two GOP-authored anti-immigrant amendments to the defense spending bill. The amendments, introduced by Reps. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) would prevent the Defense Secretary from enlisting young immigrants who have been granted work permits and want to serve in our nation’s armed forces.

Rep. Ruben Gallego released the following statement:

May 20, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – An amendment to the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act that would have prevented beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program from serving in the armed forces was struck down in the House Rules Committee.

April 27, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Tonight, in a victory for immigrant rights, the House Armed Services Committee voted to affirm the Secretary of Defense’s broad discretionary power to enable immigrants – including DREAMers – to enlist in the military.

April 21, 2016 In The News

Legislation proposed to help some of the hundreds of soldiers convicted of crimes to return to this country

Sometimes, the only way a deported military veteran can get back into the United States is in a casket.

U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., said these former soldiers, often convicted of crimes related to their service, are stripped of all their military benefits, except one: the right to be buried in a U.S. veterans cemetery.

He and other Democratic members of Congress are trying to change that for some deported vets.