“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

August 2, 2017 In The News

President Donald Trump endorsed an immigration bill that would cut legal immigration by 50 percent over the next decade and overhaul the current system to prevent “low-skilled” immigrants from entering the country.

July 31, 2017 In The News

A conversation on President Trump’s border wall proposal turned into a face-off on broader issues of immigration Sunday at Politicon, the annual political convention in Pasadena.

The panel discussion, called “Mr. Trump, Tear Down this Wall,” featured the African-American activist and commentator the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson speaking in favor of the border barrier and opponents like Hector Villagra, ACLU of Los Angeles executive director, arguing against it.

June 20, 2017 Press Release


WASHINGTON - Today, on World Refugee Day, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R I Florida) introduced a House Resolution reaffirming the United States’ commitment to the protection of refugees and displaced persons.  Rep. Lieu introduced a similar bill in the 114th Congress.

May 9, 2017 In The News

Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the Senate hearing on Russia arrived before it even began: Had Donald Trump taken President Obama's advice back in November, and chosen anyone but Michael Flynn to be his national security advisor, there would have far fewer Americans glued to C-SPAN on Monday.

March 22, 2017 Press Release



February 16, 2017 Press Release


WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement to stand in solidarity with those participating in today’s national “Day Without Immigrants” protest.

February 3, 2017 In The News

Democratic lawmakers in a new letter to President Trump say his executive order blocking entry to the U.S. by people from seven largely Muslim nations is short-sighted and could prevent innovation in the United States.

The letter, signed by 25 Democats, notes that Google founder Sergey Brin is himself an immigrant whose parents came from the Soviet Union.

“Your policy misguidedly applies a blanket ban on immigration for individuals traveling from predominately Muslim countries, and wrongly halts work visas from those areas,” the lawmakers wrote.

January 29, 2017 In The News

Crowds have gathered for the second day in a row at LAX to protest President Donald Trump's immigration and travel ban on seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, CA Congressman Ted Lieu and Congresswoman Maxine Watersand, and actress Ellen Page are reportedly part of a group of hundreds who have descended on the airport to decry the detention of travelers from counties on the list, which includes Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lybia, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen.

January 29, 2017 In The News

“The Muslim ban is simply based on bigotry,” said Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., Sunday in response to President Donald Trump’s refugee travel ban.

Lieu went on to tell reporters outside of Los Angeles International Airport at an afternoon press conference:

“Our president and campaign made statements that were bigoted. He has now taken actions based on bigotry, which leads me to conclude that the American president is a bigot. I’m not proud to say that, but is it important for people to call it what it is, and then do protests.”

January 27, 2017 In The News

After James Mattis was sworn in as his Secretary of Defense, President Donald Trump signed an “extreme vetting” executive order that, in his words, would “keep radical Islamic terrorists out.”

Below is text of the order that Trump signed:

Here is the "extreme vetting" executive order President Trump signed