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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.

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

February 22, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. John Larson (CT-1), Joe Courtney (CT-2), Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Jim Himes (CT-4), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today joined with a bipartisan group of 150 House colleagues in calling for swift action by federal law enforcement agencies to address the wave of anonymous telephone bomb threats made against Jewish community centers (JCCs) across the country.

February 3, 2017 In The News

President Donald Trump's first National Prayer Breakfast was notable -- not only for his criticism of "The Apprentice" host, actor Arnold Scwarzenegger -- but for his promise to "destroy" the Johnson Amendment.

The 1954 provision prevents a tax-exempt entity, like a church, from endorsing or opposing a political candidate -- a legal delineation that separates church and state in the U.S.

Eliminating the Johnson Amendment has been a goal of the religious right, and Trump promised repeal on the campaign trail.

February 3, 2017 Constituent Corner
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) this week shared a “Constituent Corner” story from Watertown resident Jahvon John, who worked with Esty to receive his United States citizenship.
February 2, 2017 In The News

With its focus on interfaith unity, Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast was exactly what the nation needed during a period of strife and civil unrest, according to U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and Hamid Malik.

February 2, 2017 In The News

Love him or hate him, all who have followed Sen. Richard Blumenthal over the course of his 40 years in public service know he is not bashful when it comes to making himself heard.

So it was more than a little counterintuitive to see Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., ask Blumenthal to speak more directly into his microphone at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday on confirming Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to be U.S. attorney general.

“I can start over if you like!’’ Blumenthal said, holding up his 25-minute-long prepared speech urging Sessions’ defeat.

February 2, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) and Imam Hamid Malik together released the following statement today after attending the 2017 National Prayer Breakfast. Imam Malik, who attended the breakfast as Esty’s guest, is the Regional Imam for the Baitul Aman Mosque in Meriden, CT.
February 2, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTNH) — Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) and the leader of a Mosque in Meriden, attended the 2017 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. on Thursday.

Imam Malik, who attended the breakfast as Esty’s guest, is the Regional Imam for the Baitul Aman Mosque in Meriden, CT. Esty and Malik have issued a joint statement following the National Prayer Breakfast.

February 1, 2017 In The News

Love him or hate him, all who have followed Sen. Richard Blumenthal over his 40 years in public service know he is not bashful.

So it was more than a little counterintuitive to see Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., ask Blumenthal to speak more directly into his microphone at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday on confirming Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to be U.S. attorney general.

“I can start over if you like!’’ Blumenthal said, holding up his 25-minute speech urging Sessions’ defeat.

February 1, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty will take an imam from a Meriden mosque to the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., on Thursday and plans to make a joint statement with him about religious tolerance.

Esty, a three-term Democrat who represents greater Danbury and the Fifth Congressional District, plans to make a statement Thursday with Imam Hamid Malik of the Baitul Aman Mosque in Meriden, according to a statement.

February 1, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty will take an imam from a Meriden mosque to the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., on Thursday and plans to make a joint statement with him about religious tolerance.

Esty, a three-term Democrat who represents greater Danbury and the Fifth Congressional District, plans to make a statement Thursday with Imam Hamid Malik of the Baitul Aman Mosque in Meriden, according to a statement.