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  • ICYMI: 54 Members of Congress Join Reps. Frankel, Torres, Roybal-Allard In Letter Opposing Anti-Immigrant State Department Nominee
    Posted in In the News on July 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Immigration

    Washington, DC – Today, Reps. Lois Frankel (FL-21), Norma Torres (CA-35), Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) and 54 Members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling for the Trump Administration to withdraw Ronald Mortensen’s nomination to be Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration. The letter asserts that Mr. Mortensen’s disparaging comments toward immigrants disqualify him from managing the bureau responsible for refugee and migration policies a... Read more

  • At Guatemalan-Maya Center, fear grips South Florida undocumented immigrants
    Posted in In the News on July 9, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Written by Skyler Swisher, Sun Sentinel At the Guatemalan-Maya Center in Lake Worth, soccer balls, stuffed animals and other toys are stacked on a table — gifts for migrant children being held in South Florida. Families seeking help fill every seat in the lobby of the small center that has served immigrants in South Florida since 1992. A few people stand outside on the sidewalk waiting for space to open. The stories of children being taken from their parents have injected even more fear into Sou... Read more

  • Lasting memory from border visit: the heartbreaking sobs of mothers | Opinion
    Posted in In the News on June 25, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Written by Lois Frankel, Published in the Sun Sentinel By now, most of America has heard of the Trump-induced crisis at our Mexican border. Mothers and fathers seeking refuge from persecution and extreme danger in neighboring Central American countries are being thrown into prison cells and their children stolen from their arms by the US federal government. Over the weekend, I traveled with 25 of my Democratic colleagues to McAllen and Brownsville, Texas to see the impact of family separation ca... Read more

  • Children sleep behind bars, on concrete floors at border 'prison', House Democrats say
    Posted in In the News on June 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Written by Doug Stanglin, USA Today More than two dozen Democratic members of Congress visited a holding facility in Texas for separated immigrant children Saturday and described conditions as "cruel and inhumane" that bring "a great shame to a great country." The delegation visited a Customs and Border Protection processing facility in the U.S.-Mexico border city of McAllen, the epicenter of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy in which people entering the U.S. illegally face bein... Read more

  • Frankel Statement on Trump’s Executive Order on Family Separation
    Posted in Press Releases on June 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-21) issued the following statement after President Trump signed an order to replace family separation with family detention: “President Trump’s action to undo a horribly cruel crisis that he created is a publicity stunt aimed at keeping migrant families detained indefinitely in abominable prison-like conditions. Congress must immediately act to override this zero tolerance government inflicted child abuse.” ### Read more

  • Rep. Lois Frankel Reacts to Trump's Muslim Ban
    Posted in In the News on January 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Immigration

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  • Frankel, Blumenthal, Schweikert, Deutch, Himes Unveil Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Human Trafficking
    Posted in Press Releases on April 20, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Immigration

    Today, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL), Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ), Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), and Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) introduced the Visa Transparency Anti-Trafficking Act to prevent human trafficking by bringing more openness to foreign temporary worker visas. “The bipartisan legislation we introduced today will help bring the scourge of human trafficking out of the shadows to prevent future abuse,” Sen. Blumenthal said. “By requiring a robust public reporting system ... Read more

  • Frankel Denounces Trump’s Anti-Muslim Rhetoric
    Posted in Press Releases on December 9, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Immigration

    Today, Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-22), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. “Donald Trump’s call to bar Muslims from entering the United States is dangerous and inflammatory. His remarks reinforce the narrative that pits the United States against Muslims and fuels terrorist recruitment efforts. Trump’s message promotes scapegoating and stereo... Read more

  • Frankel to Bring South Florida DREAMer as State of the Union Guest
    Posted in Press Releases on January 20, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-22) announced today that she will bring Charlene Rupert, a South Florida DREAMer, as her guest to tomorrow’s State of the Union address given by President Obama. Rupert, 21, came to the United States from Venezuela at the age of 11 with her grandmother, who had a legal visa, and settled in Palm Springs, Florida. She enrolled in school unaware that she was an undocumented immigrant, learned English in middle school, and attended the prestigious Dreyfoos School of th... Read more

  • Frankel Votes to Keep Dreams Alive
    Posted in Press Releases on January 14, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-22) today voted against a bill that will reverse President Obama’s immigration actions that keep families together and allow hardworking parents to work and pay taxes. “My mom and dad taught me that family comes first,” said Congresswoman Frankel. “Sadly, this is mean spirited legislation that separates children from their parents and turns the dreams of talented young people into nightmares. I am hopeful that we can work together to find a bi-partisan approach to ... Read more