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WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today responded to a whistleblower complaint that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) leadership directed staff to downplay threats posed by white supremacists and Russian interference in our elections.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres today denounced a new Trump Administration rule put forth by U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) to hike fees on numerous immigration-related forms and applications, including an 80 percent increase in naturalization fees, and a $50 charge for asylum applicants. The U.S. joins only three other nations in the world willing to charge asylum seekers for their applications.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35), who came to the U.S. from Guatemala at the age of five, released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling to block the Trump’s administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects nearly 800,000 immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation, including 17,500 eligible recipients in California’s 35th Congressional District:
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35), Co-Chair of the New American Caucus and the only Central American serving in Congress, along with fellow New American Caucus Co-Chair, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) and Rep. Lou Correa (CA-46), led 28 lawmakers in requesting of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Keven McCarthy that the next COVID-19 funding package require U.S.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35), Co-Chair of the Central American Caucus, Chair of the New Americans Caucus, and the only Central American currently serving in Congress, today responded to reports that Trump Administration deportations to the country of her birth, Guatemala, are leading to a spike of COVID-19 cases in the woefully unprepared nation.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) responded today as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will not enforce its public charge rule in cases involving coronavirus testing and treatment.
The policy change comes just days after Rep. Torres led 42 of her Congressional colleagues in urging the administration to drop the public charge rule in light of coronavirus.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) was joined by 42 of her Congressional colleagues in sending a letter to Vice President Pence, the designated lead for the federal government’s coronavirus response, urging the Administration to reconsider its “public charge” rule in light of the coronavirus outbreak.
WASHINGTON, DC – The United States Congress voted this week on legislation that bound national security funding with money for a wall on our southern border and immigrant detention centers.
The National Security Appropriations Minibus (H.R. 1158) includes four appropriations bills: Defense, Commerce-Justice-Science, Financial Services and General Government, and Homeland Security.
Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) released the following statement after voting against the measure:
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35), the only Central American immigrant serving in Congress, expressed outrage today at a report by investigative reporting nonprofit, ProPublica, which shows blatant neglect of a sick 16-year-old boy who died in Border Patrol custody.