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  • Rooney votes no on DREAMER legislation that fails to fix broken immigration system or secure the border
    Posted in Press Releases on June 4, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney voted no on H.R. 6, the “American Dream and Promise Act” - politically motivated legislation that does nothing to address the crisis on our southern border or the issue of fixing our broken immigration system. Congressman Rooney stated, “Once again, Congress is playing politics instead of addressing the very real immigration crisis facing our country. As I have repeatedly and consistently said, any proposals must begin with securing the border... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney and Senator Cotton introduce RAISE Act to fix our broken visa and immigration system
    Posted in Press Releases on April 10, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Immigration

    Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Francis Rooney introduced the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act (RAISE Act) to establish skills-based immigration, to end chain migration and to eliminate the Diversity Visa program. Congressman Rooney stated, “The United States immigration system is broken. Only one in every 15 immigrants to our country are granted visas because of their skills, and we do not prioritize the ultra high-skilled immigrants who spur innovation, create jobs,... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney requests $5.4 billion to fund border wall
    Posted in Press Releases on April 4, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Washington, D.C. – This week, Congressman Francis Rooney joined with Rep. Paul Gosar in sending a letter to the House Appropriations Committee requesting that the House fully fund border security at the level requested by President Trump. The text of the letter states, “As you begin work on the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Homeland Security bill, we urge you to provide funding for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Procurement, Construction, and Improvements (PC&I) necessary for investments r... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney introduces bill to block federal funding to sanctuary cities
    Posted in Press Releases on March 26, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney introduced legislation to prohibit a sanctuary jurisdiction from receiving federal financial assistance and protects local law enforcement officers within sanctuaries cities who cooperate with the Department of Homeland Security. Congressman Rooney stated, “Sanctuary jurisdictions that harbor criminal illegal aliens are a clear violation of federal law and place citizens of their communities in danger. As I have stated on many occasions, we ar... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney introduces a bill to reform our broken asylum system
    Posted in Press Releases on January 11, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Francis Rooney introduced the Asylum Protection Act of 2019, a bill amending the Immigration and Nationality Act to reduce the deadline for asylum applications and require applicants to begin the asylum process at the time of their arrival at a legal port of entry. Congressman Rooney stated, “Illegal immigrants are abusing the asylum process in the United States. I introduced the Asylum Protection Act to shorten the deadlines by which asylum applications mus... Read more

  • Rooney Demands Wall
    Posted in Press Releases on January 4, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Immigration

    Washington, DC - Last night Congressman Rooney again affirmed his commitment to securing our borders and fixing our broken immigration, asylum and visa systems by voting against legislation that failed to provide any new funding for a wall or barrier along our southern border. Congressman Rooney has been working with Administration to link specific investments in portions of the wall with the number of illegal crossings which will be interdicted if these investments are made. We as a nation cann... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney statement on failure of Securing Americas Future Act
    Posted in Press Releases on June 21, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Today I voted in favor of fixing our broken immigration system and keeping families together. I am disappointed that the Securing Americas Future Act failed to pass. Congress is failing in its responsibility to provide a long-term solution that will fix both our illegal border crossings and our broken visa system. As I have repeatedly stated, we must protect U.S. citizens and secure our porous borders. These are primary responsibilities of the federal government. About one-half of all people in ... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Statement on border separations
    Posted in Press Releases on June 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Congressman Francis Rooney issued the following statement: "I am in favor of significant changes to our immigration, visa and asylum systems – and have sponsored or co-sponsored several bills to address this – bills which secure our border, more quickly adjudicate asylum seekers, introduce skills-based immigration, and end chain migration. Regarding the separation of children crossing illegally with their parents - children should be kept with their families, detained as a family if crossing ill... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney Statement on use of National Guard for Border Security
    Posted in Press Releases on April 5, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Naples, FL - Congressman Rooney has been and continues to be a strong advocate for securing our border and fixing our broken visa system. Congressman Rooney said, “It is certainly within the President’s right to utilize the National Guard, and both Presidents Bush and Obama have done the same, but whatever we do now to interdict the large march from Honduras is a short-term fix. Congress must provide a long-term solution that will fix both our border and our broken visa system, and I have worked... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney statement on introducing the Asylum Protection Act
    Posted in Press Releases on January 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Washington, DC – Congressman Francis Rooney issued the following statement on introducing H.R. 4850, the Asylum Protection Act of 2018. Congressman Rooney stated, “The United States asylum application process is being abused by illegal immigrants and the people suffering most from this abuse are those who most need asylum due to legitimate fear of persecution in their home countries. On the other hand, baseless asylum claims have created a huge backlog at the immigration courts and, as a result,... Read more