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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.

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

May 30, 2017 In The News

MERIDEN — A chance meeting in a city beauty salon in January helped Fatima Ramirez obtain permanent residency for herself and security for her family.

May 24, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement regarding the Congressional Budget Office’s report on the House-passed version of the American Health Care Act:

May 23, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal:

“Our goal should be a budget that expands economic opportunity in Connecticut and across the country, lifts wages, promotes access to health care, protects our air and water, supports children and seniors, and makes us safer. On these counts, President Trump’s proposal moves us in the wrong direction. Congress should start over from scratch on a bipartisan plan.”


May 17, 2017 Constituent Corner

Above: Fatima with her husband and daughter

MERIDEN, CT—Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) this week shared a “Constituent Corner” story from Meriden resident Fatima Febrier, who reached out to Esty after experiencing difficulty applying for permanent residency status.

May 17, 2017 In The News

MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH)–Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty is sharing the story of a Meriden resident who reached out to her after having difficulty applying for permanent residency in the United States.

Fatima Febrier began the process of becoming a permanent back in 2012.  She and her husband spent years working with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

May 9, 2017 Page

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May 4, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement after the House passed legislation that will cause millions of Americans to lose access to affordable health coverage:

May 2, 2017 Page

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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