Founded in February 2017, the Congressional New Americans Caucus is comprised of first-generation immigrants and provides a forum to educate all Members of Congress about issues related to New Americans and public service.
Rep. Espaillat is the first Dominican American to serve in Congress. Rep. Torres is the sole Central American currently serving in Congress.
The lawmakers released the following statements:
“I’m proud to join Rep. Norma Torres as Co-Chair the New Americans Caucus during the 117th Congress and look forward to continuing our collective efforts to ensure the support and rights of newly naturalized citizens to our nation,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat, the first Dominican American and only formerly undocumented immigrant to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. “I know firsthand the path immigrants take to become citizens, and for many, that path can mean life or death. We have made tremendous progress working in collaboration with the Biden administration and vow to continue our unified work to ensure new Americans and their families are supported through the citizenship process and are afforded equal opportunities to help them thrive in America.”
“This Caucus will give Members of Congress an opportunity to discuss how immigrants help strengthen the fabric of America,” said Rep. Norma J. Torres. “It will highlight the important roles that first-generation immigrants play throughout the entire country. We hope to encourage new Americans to be a voice for their community and become involved.”
Caucus members include U.S. Representatives Torres (CA-35), Espaillat (NY-13), Krishnamoorthi (IL-08), Jayapal (WA-07), Chuy Garcia (IL-04), Omar (MN-05), Carbajal (CA-24), Lieu (CA-33), Malinowski (NJ-07), Sires (NJ-08).
Representative Espaillat is the first Dominican American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and his congressional district includes Harlem, East Harlem, West Harlem, Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights, Inwood, Marble Hill and the north-west Bronx.
First elected to Congress in 2016, Representative Espaillat is serving his third term in Congress. Representative Espaillat currently serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Committee on Appropriations responsible for funding the federal government’s vital activities.
He is also a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), where he serves as the Second Vice Chair and is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, where he serves as Deputy Whip.
Representative Espaillat also currently serves as a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at https://espaillat.house.gov/.
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