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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 refugees. Our compassion for those who are suffering is a source of our nation’s great strength, and with smart reforms we can ensure our national security while remaining a beacon of light in a sometimes dark world.

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 resources as efficiently as possible.
  • Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Congresswoman Slaughter will continue advocating for important reforms to our nation’s immigration system that aim to: secure our border, protect workers, unite families, and offer an earned pathway to citizenship.
  • 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

November 14, 2017 Louise Line
Last week, President Trump moved to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). I’ve received dozens of calls and emails on this issue, and I want you to know that I stand with you and that I’m working hard toward a legislative solution in Congress to make this critical program permanent. This administration’s decision affects tens of thousands of New Yorkers who, thanks to DACA, previously received legal protection.
October 16, 2017 Press Release

ROCHESTER, NY — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today announced a $199,991 grant for Refugees Helping Refugees (RHR) from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement. Refugees Helping Refugees is a volunteer-based not-for-profit organization in Rochester that provides services to refugees to facilitate successful transition to life in the United States and help them attain self-sufficiency.

October 10, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY) today announced a $600,000 Department of Justice (DOJ) award for the Worker Justice Center of New York, Inc., which provides specialized legal services for survivors of human trafficking in agriculture. The funding was authorized by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), a law co-authored by Rep. Slaughter that was the first comprehensive federal law to address human trafficking, focusing on prevention, protection, and prosecution.

September 5, 2017 Press Release

ROCHESTER, NY — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today condemned President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The DACA program provides certainty to young men and women who were brought to America as children.

March 16, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) released the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget request. This outline proposes a $54 billion increase in defense spending paid for with drastic cuts to nondefense programs the American people rely on, impacting everything from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Army Corps of Engineers to the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department. A full budget is expected to be released in May.

March 6, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) released the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s latest travel and refugee ban. This outrageous Executive Order shuts out people from several Muslim nations and ends the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), running counter to our nation’s fundamental values.

February 28, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) released the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s address to Congress tonight. Rochester resident Jonathan Siegel attended the president’s address as her guest to highlight how health care reform has expanded and improved health care for millions of Americans.

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.