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Congressman Darren Soto

Representing the 9th District of Florida

Immigration

Immigration advocates meet with Congressman Soto in Kissimmee.

 

The United States is a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws.  Our immigrants are working; our laws are not.  Darren is working to fix them. 

Many of our nation’s founders were immigrants, and each generation has benefitted from immigrants who contribute to our economy and society.  For instance, over 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children, creating millions of jobs and untold prosperity.  We only hurt ourselves when we turn away budding job creators, doctors who are willing to work in rural and underserved communities, and others who are contributing to our country. Pushing people into the shadows, limits their contributions to our economy and tax base, makes it more difficult for them to report crimes, and creates uncertainty for their families.

“I believe the answer is comprehensive immigration reform and recognizing the contributions of the immigrants in our communities, and not trying to attack and deport people.” – Congressman Soto

Darren is fighting to empower immigrants to contribute to our community and earn the American Dream.  As a State Senator, he passed legislation to make college more affordable for DREAMers – young people brought to this country through no fault of their own – and to allow them to practice law in Florida. 

As a Member of Congress, Darren’s immigration priorities include:

  • Comprehensive immigration reform that would allow people to pay any taxes they owe, get right with the law, and when that’s done, get on the path to citizenship.  Even in a Washington environment that has become more polarized and dysfunctional over the last couple decades, there was bi-partisan consensus around the need for comprehensive immigration reform as recently as a few years ago.
  • Protecting DREAMers, including those who have come out of the shadows through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) recipients.
  • Modernizing the guest worker and visa systems that are vital for our agriculture and tourism industries. 

 

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Know Your Rights  Conozca Sus Derechos

Resources:

Florida Bar Referral: (800) 342-8011

Orange Bar Associates: (407) 422-4551

Community Legal Services: (407) 847-0053

ACLU National Hotline Number: (212) 549-2500

 

Selected bills on immigration co-sponsored by Congressman Soto:

H.R.532 - DREAMer Information Protection Act - Information provided by an applicant for deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program of the Department of Homeland Security may not be used for the purpose of immigration enforcement proceedings.

H.R.858 - DREAMers, Immigrants, and Refugees (DIRe) Legal Aid Act - Directs the Department of Justice to make grants to nonprofit legal services providers with immigration law expertise to provide immigration-related legal services and advice to an alien who is a permanent resident, DACA/Refugee status or eligible for, and is in the removal procedures.

H.R.912 - Protecting Immigrants From Legal Exploitation Act of 2017

H.Con.Res.25 - Expressing the sense of Congress on the admission of refugees and immigrants to the United States.- Expressing the sense of Congress on the admission of refugees and immigrants to the United States.

H.R.748 - Safeguarding Sanctuary Cities Act of 2017 - That if a state or local government has in place any policy that limits compliance with a detainer, federal financial assistance that the state or local government would otherwise receive may not be reduced or withheld by reason of such noncompliance.

H.R.722 - No Funds for Unconstitutional Executive Orders Act - This bill prohibits any federal agency funds, resources, or fees from being used to carry out any of the policy changes set forth in the executive order entitled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States," signed by President Donald J. Trump on January 27, 2017.

H.R.724 - SOLVE Act of 2017 - This bill states that: (1) beginning on January 27, 2017, Executive Order 13769, entitled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States," is null and void, shall have no force and effect, and may not be implemented or enforced; and (2) no federal funds may be used to implement or enforce any of the policy changes set forth in such order. Among the order's major provisions are restrictions on the entry of immigrants and nonimmigrants from seven countries and additional limitations on refugee admissions to the United States.

H.R.1006 - To clarify the rights of all persons who are held or detained at a port of entry or at any detention facility overseen by U.S. Customs and Border Protection or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

H.Res.102 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the appointment of an independent counsel to investigate actions by United States Customs and Border Protection in apparent violation of judicial orders.

More on Immigration

March 22, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  Today, U.S. Representative Darren Soto released the following statement on the passage of the Omnibus Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2018:

“This spending bill leaves DREAMers behind, while putting $1.6 billion towards Trump's divisive and unnecessary border wall and hundreds of millions more to deport their parents. Most Americans agree that we need a permanent solution for DREAMers and better technology to secure our borders, not a useless wall.

March 5, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  Today, U.S. Representative Darren Soto released the following statement on President Trump’s self-imposed March 5th deadline to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

"President Trump tweets that his party stands ‘ready to make a deal’ on DACA. Yet after six months since his decision to end the program, Trump and the GOP leadership in Congress have halted progress on nearly 14 bipartisan legislative proposals that would stop deportation of DREAMers. We are tired of empty promises.

February 20, 2018 Event

U.S. Immigration Attorneys Shahzad Ahmed, Esq. and Rosa Melia-Acevedo, Esq. from NeJame Law, along with U.S.Congressman Darren Soto, will host a town hall to discuss the most pressing questions in the immigration debate.

Topics will include: DACA, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), travel ban, extreme vetting, family migration, new immigration policies, Homeland Security issues, and more. 

Event is open to the public. Come with questions!

February 20, 2018 Event

                                     

U.S. Congressman Darren Soto joined Noticias Univision for a Roundtable with DREAMers in Central Florida to discuss the uncertain future of DACA on the heels of the March 5 expiration deadline for the program.

January 18, 2018 In The News

On Thursday, January 18th, Congressman Darren Soto takes the House Floor to speak about the importance of passing a clean Dream Act. During a one-minute speech, he mentions the impact it will have on the State of Florida

January 8, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  U.S. Representative Darren Soto released the following statement after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for approximately 200,000 Salvadorans:

December 19, 2017 In The News

Months later, the new arrivals keep coming.

At Orlando International Airport’s Terminal A, the steady stream of flights from San Juan, Puerto Rico, has tapered, but hundreds of Puerto Ricans still arrive daily, in search of stability, safety, and economic opportunity in the wake of Hurricane Maria’s devastation in September.

November 22, 2017 Press Release

Kissimmee, Florida  U.S. Representative Darren Soto released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced it is ending the designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals, with an 18-month deadline:

November 7, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  U.S. Representative Darren Soto released the following statement after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its decision to not renew the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for approximately 5,300 Nicaraguans, and delay the decision on similar status for Hondurans.

September 21, 2017 In The News

On September 19, Congressman Darren Soto sent a letter to Acting Secretary Elaine Duke of the U.S.