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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut



Fixing our broken immigration system is the right thing to do for families and one of the best things we can do to boost economic growth. We should have a system that focuses on deporting violent criminals, not breaking up families. It’s time for Congress to act.

Whether it’s from farmers in northwest Connecticut or from high-tech manufacturers across the state, I hear time and time again about the harmful impact our badly broken immigration system has on our state and our country’s economy. I support comprehensive immigration reform that secures our borders, protects our workers, keeps families together, and creates an earned path to citizenship.

One of my greatest responsibilities as your representative is ensuring our national security and the safety of American families. Rash proposals to ban all visitors because of their religion or block all desperate refugees fleeing violence and terror would not make us safe. On the contrary, they reinforce ISIS and other terrorists’ propaganda and endanger the values we hold dear as Americans. We should instead focus on the most likely threats to our homeland if we are serious about improving our national security. That’s why I voted to strengthen our border security by better ensuring that travellers entering the country without a visa do not pose a security risk. I also supported additional screenings of those who have travelled to countries of concern and am working to ensure that the vetting process for refugees is rigorous and thorough.

I stand ready to work with my colleagues across the aisle and the Administration to enact improvements that make our immigration system more fair, humane, and secure. I encourage you to view my office's “Know Your Rights” resource packet, an introductory guide for immigrant families in Connecticut. También está disponible en español.

Please click here to learn about federal documents that I can help you obtain. Por favor, haga clic aquí para conocer los documentos federales que puedo ayudarle a obtener.

Additionally, I would like to share a useful toolkit for families who are concerned about immigration enforcement, created by the Office of Governor Dannel P. Malloy. Además, me gustaría compartir un útil conjunto de herramientas para las familias que están preocupadas por la aplicación de la ley de inmigración, creada por la Oficina del Gobernador Dannel P. Malloy. If you are a recipient of DACA and are concerned about President Trump's plans for repeal, click here for more information (available in both English and Spanish)

For more information on my work and views on immigration or to let me know your thoughts, questions or concerns, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

If you need help with citizenship services, visas, or passports, my office may be able to help. Visit my help center to learn more.

More on Immigration

August 21, 2018 Press Release
Proposals to Remove the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration from the Department of State Risk Losing Diplomatic Expertise Needed in the Refugee Resettlement Process.
June 26, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement in reaction to the Supreme Court of the United States ruling in a 5-4 decision to uphold President Trump’s ban on immigrants from Muslim countries, arguing it was permissible under the law:
June 20, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s Executive Order regarding his decision to stop separating children from their parents at the United States border:
June 15, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement to express her growing concerns over the Trump Administration’s immigration policies—specifically, the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to separate children from their parents at the United States border:

March 19, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) released the following statement in support of Malik Naveed Bin Rehman and Zahida Alta, the owners of Pizza Corner in New Britain who are facing deportation to Pakistan:
February 13, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released a letter today urging Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Field Office Director Thomas Brophy to stay the deportation of Farmington parents Kris and Tony Huang.
February 7, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus wrote to Speaker Paul Ryan to request a “Queen of the Hill” rule to govern House debate on competing DACA and border security proposals to establish the official position of the U.S. House of Representatives. Last week, the forty-eight member Problem Solvers Caucus announced a bipartisan set of principles that lay the groundwork for a deal on DACA and border security. 

February 5, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) announced that Nelly Cumbicos, a mother in Meriden scheduled for deportation, received a reprieve from federal immigration officials this afternoon.
January 31, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) released the following statement after President Trump’s State of the Union address this evening
January 29, 2018 Press Release

NEW FAIRFIELD, CT – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) released the following statement urging support for the family of Joel Colindres, a New Fairfield man scheduled for deportation on Wednesday afternoon: