Immigration

House Passes Beyer Amendment To Require Increased Reporting On Unaccompanied Children From Federal Agencies

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The House today adopted Rep. Don Beyer’s (D-VA) amendment to require increased reporting from federal agencies on the location and basic details of unaccompanied children in their care. Under Beyer’s amendment, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) would be required to share a monthly census by facility of unaccompanied minors by age cohort and gender with Congressional Committees of jurisdicti... Read more »

Beyer Votes For Landmark Immigration Reform Legislation

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Rep. Don Beyer issued the following statement today upon following the House passage of H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act: “This is such an important moment, the House is finally doing the right thing on immigration after years of infighting and failure,” said Rep. Beyer. “I have advocated for passage of the Dream Act since I came to Congress, and I always said it would pass with bipartis... Read more »

Beyer Votes For Resolution To Overturn Trump’s Emergency Declaration

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Rep. Beyer this evening voted for H.J. Res. 46, a Joint Resolution sponsored by Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) to overturn President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency. The measure passed with significant bipartisan support in the House and will face a Senate vote within a few days. “My oath of office to support and defend the Constitution required that I must reject President Trump’s fake na... Read more »

Rep. Beyer: What I learned In Central America

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The Hill | Last week I traveled with colleagues to Central America’s Northern Triangle — Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador — where we spent five days meeting with heads of state, law enforcement, business leaders, U.S. ambassadors and diplomatic staff, USAID officials, and working people. The trip, organized by Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, was highly informative, particularly given the ongoing ... Read more »

Dems, Republicans at odds over border wall, detaining migrants as 2nd shutdown deadline looms

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FOX 5 | Politically freighted border security negotiations are teetering just days before a potential new government shutdown. The turmoil is testing the changed balance of power in Washington, with lawmakers engaged in a sparring match over immigration policy that is challenging their ability to reach any accord. Republicans say Democratic demands to limit immigrant detentions by federal authorit... Read more »

Democratic Members Introduce Immigration Package In Response To Trump State Of The Union Address

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Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), joined by Reps. José E. Serrano (NY-15), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Donald S. Beyer Jr. (VA-08), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), and Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) introduced a critical legislative package to protect immigrant rights. “President Trump has made the targeting of immigrants a central part of his administration’s policies while persistently lobbin... Read more »

House Delegation Introduces Freedom Of Religion Act In Challenge To President Trump’s Muslim Bans

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Today 124 Members of the House of Representatives led by Reps. Don Beyer (VA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Betty McCollum (D-MN), Andre Carson (D-IN), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) introduced the Freedom of Religion Act to prohibit religious discrimination in our immigration system. The legislation was originally introduce... Read more »

Beyer Appointed To Serve On House Committee On Ways And Means

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) announced today that he has received an appointment to the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, one of the five exclusive House committees. Ways and Means has a wide breadth of jurisdiction, including health care, trade policy and tariffs, and oversight of Medicare and Social Security. It is the House Committee directly responsible for writing tax legislation, and the old... Read more »

Beyer Requests Expanded Inspector General Review Into Shelters for Migrant Children

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Rep. Don Beyer today wrote to Daniel R. Levinson, Inspector General (IG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, asking that he expand the investigation into the reports of neglect, and both physical and sexual abuse at shelters housing migrant children. Rep. Beyer urged Levinson to review how the federal government maintains and evaluates contracts with the facilities after concerns ... Read more »