Immigration

The Central Valley is a land of immigrants and a land of farmers. We all came here to work hard and get ahead. Just about everyone I talk to agrees that our immigration system is broken. For too long, partisanship has gotten in the way of fixing the real issues we’re facing. That has to change.

I’m fighting for a comprehensive, humane, and bipartisan immigration system that allows people to get right with the law and come out of the shadows – especially the nearly 8,000 Dreamers who live in our communities. For so many of these folks, America is the only home they’ve ever known. They are Americans in every way but one: on paper. That’s why I’m a proud cosponsor of the Dream and Promise Act. We need to fix our broken immigration system.

It’s also vital that immigration reform include keeping our border secure and our communities safe. I support 21st century investments in border security. We need to be investing in advanced drone technology, the Unmanned Aircraft System, up-to-date screening technology to detect and stop contraband, better infrastructure at our ports of entry, and increasing the number of agents at the border. I am committed to working with anyone, on either side of the aisle, to get a comprehensive fix – one that secures our border and allows us to live up to our country’s ideals.

More on Immigration

July 6, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – After the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump Administration acted illegally in its attempt to eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which protects approximately 10,000 Dreamers in the Central Valley, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) asked United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to clarify its plans for the future of the program and abandon efforts to sidestep the Supreme Court Ruling.

June 18, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump Administration acted illegally in eliminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which protects 10,000 Dreamers in Rep. Harder’s district from being deported. Rep. Harder will hold several events with local Dreamers over the coming days to hear stories and share information on the implications of this decision.

April 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – In response to concerns from local Community Health Centers (CHCs) regarding layoffs and provider shortages, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) has asked the Congressional Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis to help immigrant doctors who are at risk of losing their visas. Immigrant doctors who are laid off because of budget shortfalls are required to find a new source of employment within two months or must leave the country.

December 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today released a comprehensive end of year report detailing his accomplishments on behalf of the Central Valley in his first year in office. The report details Rep. Harder’s legislative work, constituent services, and federal investments returned to the district in his first year in office.

December 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today voted to pass the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, bipartisan legislation he cosponsored which would revamp existing immigration rules. Existing agriculture immigration programs have prevented farmers from securing the labor force they need and prevented farmworkers from earning a path to legal status.

November 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) released the following statement as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program, created under the Obama Administration, protects over 10,000 young people in the Central Valley.

“I taught Dreamers at MJC – they’re Americans in every way except on paper. One young woman I knew was carried over the border as a little baby but now faces an uncertain future.

September 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10), in a letter, has asked the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to provide an update regarding the status of legal services provided to children and babies in the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) program at a small group home in Modesto. The ORR contracts with local organizations to house and support unaccompanied children and is required by federal law to ensure children have access to legal services.

August 14, 2019 Press Release

Modesto, CA – Yesterday, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) led a bipartisan fact-finding mission to the southern border to get a first-hand look at the conditions in which asylum-seekers and other immigrants are being held. The tour took Rep. Harder, along with Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) to a series of Customs and Border Patrol facilities in McAllen Texas, including the largest detention center in the country. During the trip, Rep.

June 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) is reintroducing the bipartisan Encourage New Legalized Immigrants to Start Training (ENLIST) Act, which would allow Dreamers to serve in the military and earn Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status, also known as “Green Cards,” for their service. Rep. Harder’s Republican predecessor, Rep. Jeff Denham, wrote the legislation and worked to earn majority support for the bill in the last Congress.