“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 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.

June 13, 2016 In The News

LOS ANGELES - With their families by their side, along with Congressman Ted Lieu and the Asian Americans Advancing Justice, eleven Filipino bakery workers celebrated a sweet victory receiving their trafficking visas.

"The joy we felt after all these years of stressful situation is indescribable," said bakery worker Armie Dela Cerna.

"They're now able to have some relief for at least three years and we really have appreciated their courage to stand up," Stewart Kwoh of Asian Americans Advancing Justice said.

June 13, 2016 In The News

Washington, DC – Today, Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) released the following statements on the passage of the FY2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act (H.R.

June 13, 2016 In The News

Eleven Filipino guest workers now have visas to work in the U.S. The workers, as one says, are "survivors" of human trafficking.

Earlier, they won a 15-million dollar judgment again L'Amande French Bakery. Their attorney says the Torrance and Beverly Hills bakeries are now closed.

June 13, 2016 In The News

FILIPINO workers, who prevailed in a yearlong legal battle against the owners of a French bakery in Southern California, now have temporary authorization to live and work in the US.

After winning a $15.2 million case against the owners of the now shuttered L’Amande Bakery (which had locations in Torrance and Beverly Hills), the 11 plaintiffs have been awarded T visas, which allow victims of human trafficking to temporarily live and work in the United States.

June 13, 2016 In The News

After a year-long legal battle resulting in a $15.2 million default judgment last month, the 11 victims of human trafficking  who sued the owners of L’Amande French Bakery were also recently granted T visas, also known as T Nonimmigrant Status. T visas provide victims of human trafficking temporary legal status and work authorization and allow them to bring their families to the U.S.

September 28, 2015 Press Release

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Washington - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles) issued the following statement in response to a new Pew Research Center study projecting that Asian Americans will become The United States’ largest immigrant group by 2055.

September 24, 2015 Press Release

Washington - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles) released the following statement after Pope Francis’ historic address to the Joint Meeting of Congress:

“His Holiness Pope Francis’ address to Congress this morning was a historic, electric moment.   The Pope’s address to Congress was full of hope, inspiration, and moral fierceness.  As a Catholic, I was deeply honored to be in the Pope’s presence this morning.

August 26, 2015 Press Release

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Los Angeles - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles) issued the following statement in light of Jeb Bush’s racially charged comments regarding Asian immigrants.

July 14, 2015 Press Release

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