Immigration Reform


Our current immigration system is broken. Unfortunately, President Trump and Senate Republicans refuse to come to the table to address this issue and pass comprehensive immigration reform.

David strongly believes Congress should pass legislation to help approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants emerge from the shadows and provide a responsible path to citizenship for those who want to fully participate in our society and contribute to our nation's economy.  This begins with securing our border and ensuring that those without proper documentation pay any penalties and taxes, and pass criminal background checks before receiving citizenship.

Passing comprehensive immigration reform would help secure our border, protect workers, unite families, and provide an earned pathway to citizenship for hardworking immigrants. It will also help businesses expand, foster innovation, increase productivity, contribute to long-term wage growth, and help create more than 100,000 jobs every year. And according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, enacting such legislation could reduce our national deficit by more than $800 billion over the next decade.

While President Trump and Republicans in Congress continue to block any attempts to consider comprehensive immigration reform, David is working with colleagues to make change where reform is possible.

  • David cosponsored and fought for House passage of the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019, which establishes a path to citizenship for more than 6,000 Dreamers (individuals brought to the U.S. as children) and those with Temporary Protected Status living in Rhode Island.
  • Cicilline backed the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act, legislation that would repeal all versions of President Trump’s ban on Muslims, refugees, and asylum seekers and changes immigration law to prohibit discrimination based on religion.
  • Given efforts by the Trump Administration to indefinitely detain immigrants and asylum seekers, David cosponsored the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act, which would require more humane conditions at detention centers, ensure immigrants receive individualized court hearings, and prevent unreasonable detention of primary caregivers and other vulnerable populations.
  • David has helped lead efforts in opposition of President Trump’s attack on law-abiding immigrants, and supported legislation to ensure federal funds are not used for construction of an ineffective border wall with Mexico.
  • Representing one of the largest Portuguese populations in the nation, Cicilline introduced the AMIGOS Act, which passed the House and would make it easier for Portugal and the U.S. to do business with each other by making Portuguese nationals eligible for E-1 and E-2 nonimmigrant visas.


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