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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

Immigration/Foreign Policy

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May 1, 2019 In The News

Chaldeans and elected officials in metro Detroit are asking the U.S. government to block the deportations of up to 1,000 Iraqi nationals. After a federal appeals court last week ruled against the Iraqis in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Iraqi-American Christians and their supporters in Congress and the Michigan Legislature are mobilizing to lobby the Department of Homeland Security to halt the removal of the Iraqis with criminal records. The decision by the 6th U.S.

May 1, 2019 In The News

Michigan lawmakers stood beside Iraqi families Saturday calling on federal authorities to prioritize the safety of Iraqi nationals who face deportation following a Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling this week. On Tuesday, the appeals court upheld an earlier ruling by a three-judge panel that U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith lacked the authority to stop the deportations and grant bond hearings.

March 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Lawrence joined fellow Members of Congress to co-sponsor H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 to protect our nation’s Dreamers, as well as our Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders, allowing them to contribute fully to Michigan’s communities and our country while providing a pathway to citizenship.

March 11, 2019 In The News

A Dearborn Heights student has returned to the West Bank after being detained last week in a nationwide sweep connected to a federal sting operation involving a fake university in Oakland County. Najilaa Karim Musarsa, 29, was one of 130 students of the phony University of Farmington who were arrested, a family spokesman said. Musarsa immigrated from the Palestinian territory for educational opportunities, Amer Zahr, a family spokesman and law professor at the University of Detroit Mercy, told The Detroit News. U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield, joined Reps.

March 11, 2019 In The News

Complaints are pouring in about the conditions in detention centres, where 129 Indian students have been kept for alleged visa fraud violations, in the U.S.. Attorney Pooja Sethi, director at non-profit law firm Immigration for All, said she had spent an entire day at San Antonio, where six Indian students were in detention at the Pearsall Detention Center awaiting their hearings.

March 11, 2019 In The News

US Congressmen in Washington have written to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) urging American authorities to accord the right treatment and access to legal redressal for the 129 Indian students arrested on January 31 for enrolling in a fake university in the US.

March 11, 2019 In The News

On the heels of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, President Donald Trump will deliver his second State of the Union address tonight — but it will be his first speech with a Democratic-controlled House. Here’s what to expect. The speech: In addition to immigration and national security, Trump will talk about abortion, prescription drug prices, infrastructure and trade. The president could also make some news: he has hinted he may unveil the details for his second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and could declare a national emergency for the wall.

March 6, 2019 In The News

Michigan members of Congress expressed relief Friday that federal employees would return to work after President Donald Trump announced a deal to reopen shuttered government departments for three weeks. After insisting for more than a month on $5.7 billion for a border wall, Trump said he would sign a short-term deal with no wall funding to reopen the government and give lawmakers time to negotiate on border security.  “If we don’t get a fair deal from Congress, the government will either shut down on Feb.

March 6, 2019 In The News

Partisan division marked Michigan’s congressional delegation’s reaction to the President’s call Tuesday evening for a wall along the nation’s border with Mexico. President Donald Trump said in an Oval Office address that there is a "growing humanitarian and security crisis" at the U.S.-Mexico border, though crossings have fallen in recent years. The president said all Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal immigration. He cited crimes committed by immigrants in the U.S. illegally to make his case for a southern border wall.

February 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Lawrence voted on a privileged resolution to terminate President Trump’s emergency declaration to fund his expensive, wasteful and ineffective border wall.