Immigration

Fixing our broken immigration system is an urgent priority.

As the son of an immigrant, I'm familiar with the unique promise America represents for families. I know how hard immigrants work, how much they believe in this country, and how much they're willing to give back.

New Mexico's remarkable spirit is rooted in our diversity, history, and culture, which has always been enriched by our immigrant communities and family members.  At the same time, the laws that govern our country's immigration system are antiquated and ineffective.

We need a solution that includes a visa system that meets the needs of our economy, a tough but fair path to earned citizenship for the estimated 11 million people in our country who are undocumented, and a plan that ensures security at our borders.

I’ve been a lead proponent of the DREAM Act, and I know that a commitment to reform our country’s immigration system also requires a commitment to our students. DREAMers represent what’s best about our nation: hard work, motivation, and a willingness to serve this country in uniform. DREAMers are bright, inspiring, and most of them don’t know how to be anything but an American.

New Mexicans are eager for a solution, DREAM Act students deserve a solution, and our economy requires a solution. I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure that we achieve accountable immigration reform that works for New Mexico and the country.

Latest

  • Heinrich To Host Town Hall Meeting In Albuquerque South Valley

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - On Wednesday, April 19, at 6 p.m. MT, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will hold a town hall meeting at Atrisco Heritage Academy in the South Valley in Albuquerque. The senator will answer questions and discuss critical issues facing New Mexico. The town hall will be livestreamed on Senator Heinrich's Facebook page: Facebook.com/MartinHeinrich.  Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Las Cruces

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. - On Monday, April 17, at 6 p.m. MT, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will hold a town hall meeting at the Las Cruces Convention Center. The senators will talk with constituents and answer questions about critical issues facing New Mexico. The town hall will be moderated by KRWG-TV/FM's Fred Martino. Read More


  • Heinrich Requests Information From Trump Administration On Children Separated From Deported Parents

    U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is requesting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide data within 30 days regarding the effect of the increased immigration enforcement actions on children of deported parents and how the Trump Administration identifies and assists children in need of support.  Senator Heinrich joined a group of 15 Senators led by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in sending a letter to the agencies today. Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich Question ICE Acting Director Homan on Constituent Concerns Surrounding ICE Deportation, Enforcement Measures

    U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich spoke with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Thomas Homan to express the deep concerns of New Mexico communities. The senators demanded answers about ICE deportation measures in the wake of President Trump's immigration executive orders, and sought assurances that New Mexicans can continue to receive health care and other essential services without fear of deportation. The senators also called on Homan to ensure that ICE focuses its limited resources on apprehending and deporting violent criminals, instead of innocent people who pose no threat to their communities or our nation, and secured a commitment that ICE will hold community engagement meetings with stakeholders in New Mexico. Read More


  • Immigrants share concerns about Trump order

    U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., hosted a meeting on Saturday afternoon with immigrants and refugees who have been affected by or are scared of an executive order by President Donald Trump that temporarily banned immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries. The meeting was held at Lutheran Family Services in Albuquerque and included officials from agencies that advocate for the affected population. Read More


  • Albuquerque refugees speak out about travel ban

    U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., says the travel ban made the country less secure. "It also gave ISIS an amazing propaganda bonanza. They have literally been able to say 'Look. I told you so. America hates all Muslims," Heinrich said. Read More