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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut



America’s immigration system is broken. Too many employers game the system by hiring undocumented workers, and there are 11 million people living in the shadows. Neither is good for the economy or the country.

It is time to act to fix the broken immigration system in a way that requires responsibility from everyone, both from the people here illegally and those who hire them, and guarantees that everyone is playing by the same rules.

The President made it clear in his first term that immigration reform is a priority, he campaigned on it, has called for action, and his leadership has created the space for this important debate to move forward. That you now have Republicans joining Democrats on a bipartisan approach that is largely consistent with the President’s blueprint shows progress is possible.

President Obama’s recent commonsense immigration reform proposal has four parts. First, continue to strengthen our borders. Second, crack down on companies that hire undocumented workers. Third, hold undocumented immigrants accountable in order to earn their citizenship; this means requiring undocumented workers to pay their taxes and a penalty, move to the back of the line, learn English, and pass background checks. Fourth, update the legal immigration system for families, workers, and employers.

We cannot allow immigration reform to get bogged down in an endless debate. Together we can build a fair, effective and commonsense immigration system that lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.


More on Immigration

March 6, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after President Trump signed a revised travel ban
February 4, 2017 Event

On Saturday, February 4th, I will host a community discussion with leaders of the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities in the First District in order to facilitate a dialogue on the recent executive order ­issued by the Trump Administration.

January 31, 2017 Press Release
Connecticut Representatives John Larson (CT-1), Joe Courtney (CT-2), Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Jim Himes (CT-4), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) last night joined with over 170 of their Democratic colleagues to introduce the Statue of Liberty Values (SOLVE) Act of 2017, which would overturn President Trump’s executive order banning refugees and immigrants of seven Muslim-majority countries.
December 28, 2016 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT -01) released the following statement about Israel’s proposal to provide medical care to wounded refugees from Aleppo.
March 17, 2016 Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on his vote against H. Res. 639, which will allow Speaker Paul Ryan (WI-01) to file a brief with the Supreme Court in the case of United States v. Texas on behalf of the entire House of Representatives.

December 8, 2015 Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after voting in favor of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act (H.R. 158):

November 19, 2015 Press Release
Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after voting against the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015 (H.R. 4038).
November 20, 2014 Press Release
Hartford, CT - Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) reacts to the President's announcement on immigration.
June 27, 2013 Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) applauded the Senate on their efforts to pass the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.

"Today, the Senate worked together to address our broken immigration system. It now falls on the House to take the next step towards fixing a system that has for too long eluded comprehensive reform. It is my hope that Members continue today's spirit of bipartisanship, roll up their sleeves and get to work on this vital legislation.

January 30, 2013 Press Release

(Hartford) – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01)  released the following statement after President Barack Obama presented his immigration reform proposal: