A Champion for DREAMERs
In 2010, Pallone voted in favor of the DREAM Act and helped secure its passage in the House of Representatives. Since that time, Pallone has continued to fight to see the DREAM become law. Pallone has also been an ardent supporter of the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy which allows certain undocumented youth to remain in the country and receive work permits. On June 6, 2013 Congressman voted against a Republican proposal to end this policy, calling the successful passage of the proposal "heartless."
Pushing for Family Reunification
In 2005, Pallone authored legislation to allow the spouses and children of permanent residents to visit their families in the United States. The legislation introduced by Pallone would have allowed the spouses and children of immigrants that entered the country legally and who are gainfully employed to visit their family in the U.S. Shifting his focus to comprehensive immigration reform, Pallone continued to advocate for his proposal, ultimately seeing the comprehensive immigration reform bill passed by the Senate include a provision allowing for the immediate reunification of green card holders with their spouse and minor child.
Advocating for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Pallone was one of the first to push for comprehensive immigration reform, signing on as an original cosponsor the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009. Pallone has continued to advocate for a comprehensive plan to reform our broken immigration system.
Building a Stronger Workforce
As part of Pallone's push to reform the U.S. immigration system, he has argued that the system must be designed to encourage American prosperity. He has advocated for visa waivers, which allow citizens of participating countries to travel to the United States without a visa for stays of 90 days or less, for important international partners including Ireland, Greece and Israel. Pallone has also pushed for increases in the number of H-1B visas so that New Jersey's high-tech sector can thrive with highly skilled labor.
Strong Advocate for Individuals and Families in New Jersey
Pallone maintains two district offices in New Jersey that provide regular assistants to New Jerseyans in his Congressional district. Pallone has worked to assist individuals and families with immigration petitions, adjustments of status, naturalization and non-immigrant petitions that have been delayed or lost.
Working To Protect Human Rights and Asylum Seekers
Pallone worked closely with Senator Frank Lautenberg, Rep. Carolyn Maloney and Rep. Luis Gutierrez on legislation introduced in the Senate and House to allow certain Indonesian refugees to reopen claims for asylum. Many Indonesian Christians who fled their native country to avoid religious persecution made homes in New Jersey but were faced with deportation after years of living, working, and paying taxes in the U.S. Pallone and his colleagues successfully fought for deferred prosecution in many of these cases allowing families to safely remain in the U.S.
Making Healthcare a Priority in the Immigration System
As Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, Pallone fought for provisions in the Affordable Care Act that would have allowed access to healthcare regardless of immigration status. Pallone continues to fight any barrier to affordable access to healthcare.