Immigration

Since the founding of this nation, immigrants have been integral to the development and diversity that makes America so unique. Many immigrants and refugees, like myself, have escaped war, oppression and socioeconomic strife in our homelands to seek better opportunities in the United States.

But sadly, our nation’s immigration system is fundamentally unjust and tragically inhumane. Instead of extending humanity and compassion to migrants and refugees, we treat them as criminals. There is no need for children to be put in cages. There is no need to fund an expensive wall that only stands for hate and bigotry. There is no need to the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency routinely crack down on innocent immigrants in a brutal and militarized fashion. My position will always be to establish a just immigration system that welcomes and protects all human beings, never treating anyone as a presumed criminal, no matter their ethnicity, religion, or any other orientation.

In Congress, I continue to push for ICE to be abolished and replaced with an agency that can defend our national security without criminalizing and brutalizing vulnerable communities. I am also steadfastly fighting to prevent even one more dollar from going to the Department of Homeland Security that could be used for the continued vilification of immigrants or other practices that violate the fundamental values we hold as a country.

I’m also fighting for a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients, TPS holders, and DED recipients. I am committed to doing all I can to help the over 11 million undocumented immigrations living in the United States come out of the shadows and get access to rights and privileges they deserve.  Just as importantly, we cannot continue to ignore the plight of migrants and refugees, which is why I’m pushing for a return to our historical role as a leader in refugee resettlement and reform of our existing policies abroad that are causing people to flee their homes for a safer future.

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More on Immigration

December 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) issued the following statement on the agreement on a coronavirus relief package and end of year spending bill, which she plans to support.

December 18, 2020 Press Release

MINNEAPOLIS— Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) released an report of her accomplishments in her first term, along with an end-of-year op-ed in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

December 16, 2020 Page

Dear Friends,

These are difficult times. The coronavirus pandemic has touched so many of us directly. And many more have experienced the economic pain of layoffs or closed businesses. I lost my father to COVID-19 complications and experienced unbearable heartbreak like so many of you. 

October 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congresswomen Ilhan Omar (MN-05), Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), and Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) sent a letter to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the United Nations Human Rights Council, and 14 UN Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council calling for the organizations to launch independent investigations into the recent, ongoing, and credible allegations of egregious human rights abuses committed by the United States Department of

August 31, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Andre Carson (D-IN) led a letter to the Department of Homeland Security calling for a full investigation into allegations that ICE fed detainees pork, in violation of their religious tenets. , Muslim ICE detainees at the Krome detention facility in Miami were reportedlyforced to choose between eating pork, or eating rotten halal food.

July 22, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) released the following statement after the House passage of the NO BAN Act, legislation to repeal all versions of President Trump’s travel bans and change the law to ensure no future President can implement a similar ban without evidence. 

March 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) led a letter to House leadership today calling for measures to ensure the protection of refugees, asylees, and other immigrants in emergency legislation responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Members requested that funding for refugee admissions be included in future coronavirus emergency legislation, that refugee admissions are resumed expeditiously, and that the Administration extend validity periods for visas and security checks to account for coronavirus-related delays.

February 28, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), James P. McGovern, Angie Craig, Gwen Moore, Betty McCollum, Andy Levin, Alan Lowenthal, Ron Kind,  andRashida Tlaib sent a letter to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today about reports that the administration is preparing “reintegration” facilities so that they can deport Hmong and Lao people to a country where they don’t speak the language or have family.

February 6, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON –Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Africa, and Joe Neguse (D-CO) introduced the Eritrean Nationals' Safety from Unjust Removal or Expulsion (ENSURE) Act. The ENSURE Act stops the United States from deporting Eritreans fleeing state oppression by placing a two-year stay on removals; prohibiting the detention of Eritrean nationals during removal procedures; and, requiring up-to-date reporting on Eritreans facing imminent removal. 

February 3, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON–Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) will be joined at the 2019 State of the Union address by Habon Abdulle, a constituent from Minnesota’s 5th District and an advocate for women in civic leadership. Abdulle is the Executive Director of the Women Organizing Women Network, a nonprofit that empowers women, particularly first- and second-generation immigrants, to become engaged citizens and community leaders, regardless of political affiliation.