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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut

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Immigration

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.

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

April 13, 2017 In The News

Connecticut’s congressional delegation wants immigration officials to clearly identify themselves as federal agents - and not merely as police - to maintain the trust local departments have built with communities they serve.

U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, and Connecticut’s five members of the House of Representatives wrote a letter Thursday to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly calling for all ICE officers who are not working undercover to wear identification that shows they are federal agents.

April 7, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement about the U.S. missile strike in Syria
March 27, 2017 In The News

Some of the most pressing issues facing the country were discussed during a town hall meeting U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty hosted at Goshen Town Hall on Saturday.

The Goshen Public Library organized the meeting, which drew the likes of First Selectman Robert P. Valentine, library director Lynn Steinmayer, library board of directors Chairman Patrick Reilly, Amy Tobin of the Goshen Business Circle, and Janet Hooper of the Goshen Community Garden.

March 25, 2017 In The News

GOSHEN – U.S. Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty was in town on Saturday to discuss issues with constituents during a 90-minute meeting organized by the Goshen Public Library.

First Selectman Robert P. Valentine, library director Lynn Steinmayer, library board of directors Chairman Patrick Reilly, Amy Tobin of the Goshen Business Circle and Janet Hooper of the Goshen Community Garden were among those who attended the informal chat at Town Hall.

March 12, 2017 In The News

Still reverberating from President Donald Trump’s unsupported claim that he was wire-tapped by Barack Obama during the 2016 election campaign, the nation began the week examining the potential impact of two major Republican initiatives.

March 6, 2017 In The News

Washington – Connecticut’s federal lawmakers – all Democrats – unanimously rejected President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, which his administration hopes will survive any challenge in court.

The new executive order, signed by the president Monday, targets travelers from six majority-Muslim countries and no longer restricts travel from Iraq, one of seven listed in the original order. The 90-day ban now is limited to Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen. The first order was implemented immediately, but this one won’t take effect for 10 days, until March 16.

March 6, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s revised travel ban executive order:
March 3, 2017 In The News

WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) -
Police chiefs from across the state said they were focused on Connecticut laws, but would help federal agents crack down on undocumented immigrants.

The news came out of a closed door meeting with Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty and law enforcement leaders on Friday. 

March 1, 2017 In The News

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — With Connecticut standing firm as a true Blue State, the state's top Democratic officials issued statements critical of President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday evening.

March 1, 2017 Press Release

WATERBURY, CT – On Sunday, March 5, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) will hold a town hall meeting at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury. Members of the public will have the opportunity to ask Esty questions concerning their community, the direction of the country, and Esty’s work in Congress.