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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Immigration

The United States is a nation of immigrants, but our immigration system is broken. Congresswoman Slaughter believes it is time to fix our immigration system in a way that shows compassion, requires responsibility, both from workers who are here illegally and those that hire them, and guarantees that everyone is playing by the same rules.

In addition to reforming our broken immigration system, Congresswoman Slaughter believes we must protect the most vulnerable among us in society, including immigrants. Anyone who seeks to enter the U.S. should be able to do so fairly and without being taken advantage of by human traffickers on the journey or abusive partners in their new home.

Priorities

  • Protecting Families: Congresswoman Slaughter believes that immigration enforcement efforts should focus on removing dangerous criminals rather than breaking up families. Prioritizing the removal of those who pose a threat to our communities ensures that we use our limited resources as efficiently as possible.
  • Fighting Human Trafficking: Congresswoman Slaughter is a powerful advocate in Congress for survivors of human trafficking. Even though we may not hear about these crimes on the nightly news, they occur daily in our communities and around the country. Congresswoman Slaughter was among the first in Congress to bring attention to the issue of human trafficking and remains focused on ending this horrible cycle, especially among children and agricultural workers.
  • Defending Immigrants from Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence: Congresswoman Slaughter works to ensure all men and women are protected from domestic violence and sexual assault, regardless of their immigration status. Protections for immigrants were expanded in the 2013 Violence Against Women Act reauthorization.

Accomplishments

  • Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA): Congresswoman Slaughter co-authored the Trafficking Victims Protection Act in 2000. It was the first comprehensive federal law to address human trafficking, and it focuses on prevention, protection, and prosecution. Under this law, she secured a $310,000 grant in 2104 for the Worker Justice Center of New York, which provides legal services for survivors of human trafficking in agriculture.
  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA): Congresswoman Slaughter co-authored the Violence Against Women Act in 1994. Since then, VAWA has been credited with causing a 67 percent drop in domestic violence incidents and permanently changing the national conversation on the issue. As an original author of VAWA, she included provisions that allowed immigrant spouses to apply for a visa on their own, instead of depending on a resident spouse who was often the abuser to make the application. In 2013, Congresswoman Slaughter was essential in expanding VAWA to fully protect immigrants, LGBT individuals, and Native Americans. VAWA has helped millions of men and women find safety, security, and self-sufficiency across the country and in Rochester.
  • Immigration Assistance: Congresswoman Slaughter has helped countless families in the Rochester area as they navigate our country’s complicated immigration system. If you need help with any immigration issues, please consult the Immigration, Passport, and Visa Assistance page here.

More on Immigration

January 31, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise Slaughter (NY-25) reacted to House Republicans voting tonight to block consideration of The Statue of Liberty Values Act, legislation to defund and rescind President Donald Trump’s harmful executive order banning travel from Muslim countries and suspending the refugee program. In voting for the previous question, Republicans prevented a debate on this bill.

January 30, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) released the following statement in reaction to President Trump firing Acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to enforce his unconstitutional executive order banning travel from Muslim countries and suspending the refugee program:

“This is very reminiscent of President Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre. The president’s decision to fire Acting Attorney General Sally Yates is a blatant politicization of the agency charged with upholding our constitution. This is another troubling day for our country.”

January 30, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today joined more than 160 House Democrats in introducing legislation to defund and rescind President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from Muslim countries and suspending the refugee program. The Statue of Liberty Values Act states that President Trump’s Executive Order will have no effect or force of law and states that no funds or fees shall be used to implement the order.  

March 16, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise Slaughter issued the following statement as the committee convenes today to consider a resolution authorizing Speaker Ryan to file an amicus brief in the Supreme Court against President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. Last week, Slaughter joined more than 200 members of the House and Senate in filing a separate amicus brief with the Supreme Court in support of these actions.

February 5, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY) sent a letter to Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions urging the House Majority to follow regular order if the Majority is going to pursue another lawsuit against the President.

November 21, 2014 Press Release

“The president’s action yesterday takes a number of bold steps toward fixing our broken immigration system. First, it focuses immigration enforcement efforts on dangerous criminals instead of families and shifts resources to improve border security. Second, it keeps families together by allowing parents of children who are U.S.

August 1, 2014 Press Release
Representative Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY) issued the following statement in response to the House Rules Committee passage of martial law until the end of the August recess.
January 29, 2014 Press Release
Hosts Bipartisan Coalition of Upstate New York Members Prior to Speech
October 30, 2013 Press Release
Slaughter Helped Secure Passage for Interpreter Who Was Targeted By Taliban for Aiding American Effort in Afghanistan