“I think it’s easy for people like you and me who wear suits and ties and work in offices to cast aspersions on those with a tenth-grade education . . . But let’s talk about some of these folks with a tenth-grade education . . . I have had the opportunity to meet over the years many farmworkers who have had families die under brutal conditions in the heat so that you or I can have less expensive orange juice, cheaper artichokes, or less expensive garlic . . . and I just want to suggest that these people have given far more to American society than you or I ever will.” - Congressman Ted W. Lieu

More on Immigration

June 26, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON ― House progressives showed Speaker Nancy Pelosi they had the power to drag legislation further to the left. Now, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is showing them he has the power to make them irrelevant.

June 4, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the American Dream and Promise Act, H.R. 6. The bill will offer a path to lawful permanent residence status to Dreamers and people who either held or were eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). The House passed this bill 237 to 187, with bipartisan support.

May 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) introduced the "Protecting Data at the Border Act" to stop unnecessary and unwarranted searches of Americans' phones, laptops and other digital devices at the border. Sens. Ron Wyden, Rand Paul, Edward Markey, and Jeff Merkley introduced the Senate version of this bill today.

February 26, 2019 In The News

On Tuesday, officials from the Trump administration refused to admit they were unprepared to reunite families separated during the government’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, despite accusations from immigration experts and an inspector general report stati

February 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after it was reported that the President will declare a national emergency in order to divert funding for a border wall.

February 7, 2019 In The News

Democratic California Rep. Ted Lieu ripped into President Donald Trump‘s “big beautiful wall” the morning after the President’s State of the Union address, saying it will never happen because even Republicans demonstrably don’t care about it.

February 7, 2019 In The News

Representative Ted Lieu of California's 33rd congressional district thought that while parts of President Donald Trump's State of the Union were good, other aspects of the address were "horribly bad." 

"I am pleased that the president talked about two issues Democrats had been talking about all year year, which was investing in infrastructure and reducing health care costs," said Representative Lieu.

"So I think those are areas we can work with on terms of moving America forward."

February 2, 2019 In The News

Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu told Donald Trump on Saturday that his border wall is not even part of the ongoing bipartisan negotiations to keep the government funded past the upcoming Feb. 15 deadline.

In an interview with MSNBC‘s AM Joy, Lieu said it’s not just Democrats who have taken the wall off the table. Even Republicans don’t view it as a priority, he said.

January 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after a federal court ruled that the Census Bureau’s plans to include a question on citizenship was unlawful.

December 20, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representatives Norma J. Torres (D-CA) and Ted W. Lieu (D-CA) have led a group of fifty-four members of Congress in a letter urging U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to immediately end the policy of deterring migrants from applying for asylum at U.S. ports of entry. The letter comes after reports that two Honduran children were killed in Tijuana over the weekend, highlighting the dangers facing the growing numbers of Central Americans are stranded in Mexican border towns.