“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

January 25, 2017 Press Release


WashingtonToday, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement regarding the news that President Trump*** is set to issue an executive order to enable the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. 

January 25, 2017 In The News

Several Southland and California elected officials criticized at President Donald Trump’s executive actions calling for construction of a wall along the Mexican border and slashing funding for so-called “sanctuary” cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

Trump signed two executive orders in keeping with campaign promises to boost border security and crack down on immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

January 11, 2017 Press Release


December 31, 2016 Press Release


Washington – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) shared the following information, recapping the legislative accomplishments during his freshman term. During the 114th Congress, language from seven pieces of legislation sponsored by Congressman Lieu was signed into law.

August 18, 2016 In The News

During a rare trip to West Los Angeles last week, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told the story of a 6-year-old boy from Southeast Asia whose family fled their homeland during the Korean War.

“The United Nations recognized that there were millions of displaced persons during and after the war that were fleeing their countries. They provided everything for resettlement,” Ki-moon told refugee families from Syria, Iran, El Salvador, Bosnia and Iraq during an Annenberg Foundation-sponsored event in Century City.

July 28, 2016 In The News

PHILADELPHIA — Stephanie Murphy's family escaped Vietnam on a boat, eventually making it to the United States with aid from an American Navy ship.

Now, the 37-year-old businesswoman and defense expert is running for a House seat in Florida as a Democrat. Murphy said she would be proud to become the first Vietnamese-American woman in Congress, but even prouder that her election would mark another step toward lawmakers reflecting the diversity of the U.S. population.

July 22, 2016 Press Release


Washington - Yesterday, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) finished first among Freshman Democrats in the 2016 Member Online All-Star Competition.  As a result, Mr. Lieu was awarded the title of 2016 Freshman MVP.  The annual Member social media contest is hosted by House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer.

June 20, 2016 Press Release


WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles) issued the following statement in response to a new study released by Nielsen and its Asian Pacific American External Advisory Council, which provides an in-depth analysis of the expanding cultural and economic footprint of Asian-Americans consumers.

June 13, 2016 In The News

The 11 Filipino workers in Los Angeles, who last month won a $15.3 million federal court judgment for the human trafficking and labor violations of their former employer, have obtained visas to stay in the United States with the help of a member of Congress.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), who helped the workers win new visas in order to stave off deportation and fight their civil case, said he wants to see their employers taken to court on criminal charges for human trafficking.