Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Representing the First District of Colorado
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Jun 16, 2017 Press Release

Denver - Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), Chief Deputy Whip, today expressed dismay at the announcement that President Donald J. Trump has squelched the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) initiative, extinguishing the hopes of people in Colorado and across the country that they might be protected from deportation and instead have a path to citizenship.

May 12, 2017 Press Release

Denver, CO – Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), Chief Deputy Whip, today hailed the decision by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to grant stays of removal for immigrant rights’ activist Jeanette Vizguerra and long-time Denver resident Arturo Hernandez Garcia, both of whom had sought refuge in a church in her district, and she urged a more stable solution for people in their position.

Apr 20, 2017 Press Release

Denver, CO – Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) said she hopes the naming of Jeanette Vizguerra, currently sheltering in a church in DeGette’s district to avoid deportation, to the 2017 TIME 100 would not only bring greater recognition to the immigrant rights leader’s achievements, but also help resolve her status and lead to a path whereby Vizguerra can remain in the United States legally.

Feb 15, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Immigrants’ rights activist Jeanette Vizguerra should not have to face the threat of deportation, Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) said today. Vizguerra took shelter last night in a church in DeGette’s district.

Jun 23, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DCCongresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) expressed disappointment in today’s Supreme Court ruling in the case of United States vs Texas. The decision blocks the implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), programs that would provide a path to citizenship for certain undocumented residents in the United States.

Dec 4, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Diana DeGette (CO-01) joined 184 House Democrats and 34 Senate Democrats to file an amicus brief last night in support of the petition for certiorari to the Supreme Court seeking review of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, which blocked the Secretary of Homeland Security from implementing the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program and expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Nov 20, 2015 In The News

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette said the vetting process to keep terrorists from infiltrating Syrian refugees coming to the United States is stringent and adequate.

"As it stands today, America has strict screening processes for refugees coming in," the Democrat from Denver said Friday morning near the foot of statue of former Colorado Gov. Ralph Carr, who was the lone politician who opposed Japanese internment during World War II.

Jun 24, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON- U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (CO-01) offered strong support for Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s decision to limit the detainment of mothers and children involved in deportation proceedings in jail-like facilities and called for an end to family detention altogether.

May 27, 2015 Press Release

DeGette Calls on Obama Administration to End Family Detention

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette called on Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to end the Obama Administration’s policy of detaining mothers and children involved in deportation proceedings in jail-like facilities. Rep. DeGette and 135 of her colleagues raised issues ranging from excessive confinement, delays in due process, developmental problems for children, and serious medical concerns in a letter to Secretary Johnson.

Apr 7, 2015 In The News

Colorado’s three Democratic members of Congress joined 178 of their colleagues in signing onto a court brief defending President Obama’s executive actions on immigration announced last November.  The president’s orders would have halted deportations of immigrants without documentation who were brought here as children or who are parents of U.S. citizen-family members, but the orders were suspended in February after Texas federal Judge Andrew Hanen ruled in favor of a lawsuit brought by Republican officials in 26 states.