• Conducting hearings as Chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee on the possibility of visas that legally allow non-citizen parents to stay in the United States while their child receives treatment for life-threatening medical conditions. 


  • Supporting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and voting for the DREAM Act as well as promoting a path to citizenship for recipients of these programs. As an original co-sponsor of the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6) Carolyn has also fought for protections for those with Deferred Enforced Departure and Temporary Protected Status (TPS).


  • Sponsor, H.R. 1114: StartUp Visa Act of 2011. Grants visas to individuals who have raised substantial financial backing to start businesses in the United States.


  • Sponsor, H.R. 1801: Terrorist Victim Citizenship Relief Act. Introduced in 2004, this act presents honorary U.S. citizenship to those killed in the attacks of 9/11 and offers avenues to citizenship for the families of those individuals. 

  • Co-Sponsor, H.R. 6: American Dream And Promise Act of 2019


  • Co-Sponsor, H.R. 717: Reuniting Families Act. Affords more visas to immediate relatives of U.S. citizens. Introduced in 2013 by Fmr. Rep. Michael Honda. 


We need comprehensive immigration reform

Our immigration system has been broken for far too long, and recent actions by the administration show that without Congressional action, the situation will continue to deteriorate. Carolyn vehemently opposed the construction of President Trump’s southern border wall and has pushed comprehensive immigration reform to allow more opportunities for those who wish to pursue a better life in America.

  • Urging officials, including Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, to release some of the detainees at the southern border in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Carolyn acknowledges that these communities are especially vulnerable to infection and has worked to ensure that they remain safe.

  • Visiting the McAllen Base in Texas as part of a Congressional delegation to witness and inspect the conditions of detainees at the border, and subsequently condemning many of the treatment practices by ICE and CBP.

  • Condemning virulently racist and sexist Facebook groups featuring abusive and threatening posts made by CBP employees.


  • Investigating and condemning malpractice by ICE and other organizations in her role as Chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. In this position, Carolyn has examined the issue of family separation and advocated halting the practice. She is committed to holding ICE and CBP accountable for the human rights abuses at the Southern border.