Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

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September 18, 2020

Dear friend,

I hope you and your loved ones continue to stay safe and well. Below is another update on some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you.


Legislative Work

I'm currently in Washington, D.C.; the House of Representatives returned to session on Monday. The House considered and passed many important bills related to support for small businesses, pregnant workers' rights and inequalities in public education, as well as others.

Notable Bills that Passed the House

Problem Solvers Caucus Stimulus Framework

Millions of American households are still reeling from the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. Our constituents are calling on us to help families, businesses, and communities get back on their feet as we face the greatest economic crisis and public health emergency of a lifetime. Congress can't afford to approach this situation with an all-or-nothing mindset.

This week, my Problem Solvers Caucus colleagues and I announced a bipartisan effort to offer fair solutions for our constituents. Equally divided with 25 democrats and 25 republicans, this bipartisan coalition is committed to finding common ground on key issues. We must put partisanship aside and form an agreement for the sake of the American people.

Fighting for a More Sustainable Future

A significant part of my work this week addressed climate change and the different solutions we can employ to fight it. 

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I addressed the devastating wildfires burning in California, Oregon and Washington during a House floor speech and called on my fellow members of Congress to recognize the consequences of our actions on the planet. As we experience more extreme weather events, it's clear that climate change is increasingly becoming a matter of life and death.

Controlling methane emissions is another crucial approach to combat the climate crisis. I highlighted the importance of this issue and my related work in Congress in a detailed social media thread.

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I also joined my colleagues on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce's Environment & Climate Change subcommittee for a virtual hearing on opportunities for an equitable, low-carbon economic recovery. To save our planet, every decision maker throughout the economy, from the largest corporation to each individual, must make changes. One of the best ways to incentivize this solution is to put a price on carbon.


Mortgage Assistance in Wake of CA Wildfires

In light of recent natural disasters, Fannie Mae is helping its borrowers affected by recent wildfires with mortgage assistance and disaster relief options. Additionally, homeowners currently on a COVID-19-related forbearance plan who are subsequently impacted by the fires should contact their mortgage adviser to discuss further options.


Service Academy Nominations

My staff is still accepting Service Academy nominations for 2020. Our informational night will be held on Wednesday, October 7 at 6:00 P.M. via Zoom.

This year, we ask that you apply by emailing your application with all supporting documents to juan.hernandez@mail.house.gov, then mailing the original materials to our San Diego office by November 30, 2020. For more information on nominations and deadlines, visit my website.

This Week's Casework Success Story

Mark from Rancho Bernardo is a federal worker who contacted our office in August regarding two medical co-payments he had been trying to get reimbursed for the past two years. His medical procedures were covered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers' Compensation. My staff reached out to our federal liaison at the Department of Labor for the status on his claim, and within a month, the agency resolved the issue, adjudicated his claim, and sent him a check for $500.

“… Much thanks for getting this insanity fixed… I should have listened to my wife and contacted you a year ago." - Mark from Rancho Bernardo


To stay up to date on my work throughout the week, you can follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or need assistance with a federal agency, reach out to us through our website or by calling the district office at 858-455-5550.

 

Have a great weekend.

Sep 18, 2020

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September 11, 2020

Dear friend,

Our country lived through a painful and tragic attack 19 years ago today. The attacks on September 11, 2001 cast a dark shadow on our collective memory. Today, we honor the innocent lives lost as well as the first responders who risked their lives to save others and proved our unbreakable spirit, even in the face of such a devastating event.

I hope you and your loved ones continue to stay safe and well during these difficult times. Below is some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you and everyone in the 52nd Congressional district.


Legislative Work

House committee action on Sergeant Daniel Somers Veterans Network of Support Act & STANDUP Act

On Wednesday, I joined the House Energy & Commerce Committee to amend and pass 38 bills, which included one of my bills, the STAND UP Act. This bill would require training students and school faculty to detect, intervene, and support youth at risk of death by suicide. Now reported out of the committee, this bill goes to the full House for a potential vote.

The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held a legislative hearing to discuss 25 comprehensive bills to address the mental health and well-being of our increasingly diverse veteran population. This includes my bill, the Sergeant Daniel Somers Veterans Network of Support Act, which would help servicemembers' loved ones understand the rigors and challenges of service, and the VA resources available to them. The committee is expected to meet next week to amend and pass this legislation.

District Work

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On Tuesday, I addressed various organizations, researchers, and entrepreneurs from around the world as a keynote speaker during the Algae Biomass Summit's virtual conference. As the co-chair of the Congressional Algae Caucus, I spoke about my work in Congress to invest and uplift the role of algae as part of a sustainable future. Every year, this event gathers commercial algae producers, the scientific community, and algae product developers to unlock the potential of algae agriculture and provide a more sustainable source of food, feed, biofuel, pharmaceuticals, water treatment, and more.

Meeting with San Diego Military Family Collaborative

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On Thursday, I spoke with leaders from the San Diego Military Family Collaborative. SDMFC's work provides helpful resources and encourages collaboration within the military-connected community. The group recognized my work in Congress to support military families and veterans and presented me with their 10th anniversary challenge coin. I presented them with my personal challenge coin as well, featuring the Congressional seal, and the four pillars of the San Diego economy.


This Week's Casework Success Story

Michael from La Jolla reached out to our office in July regarding issues about his mother's VA aid and attendance payments. Our district staff sent out an inquiry to the VA Pension Management Center and closely followed the case over the span of several weeks by asking for frequent updates. A month later, the VA notified us that $25,196 was deposited to Michael's mother's bank account for care at a skilled nursing facility. Michael's mother, who lives with dementia, will continue to receive monthly financial benefits from the VA Pension office. Michael was thankful for our office's help with this issue which, according to him, took over two years to resolve.

Sep 11, 2020

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September 4, 2020

Dear friend,

I hope you and your loved ones continue to stay safe and well during these difficult times. San Diego expects another heat wave, so please take care and stay cool this Labor Day weekend. Let's keep each other safe by wearing masks and practicing social distance to avoid a spike in new COVID-19 cases.

Below is some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you and everyone in the 52nd Congressional district. 


Legislative Work

Tijuana River Pollution Cleanup Projects

Local, state and national leaders have fought for funding and support for projects that address the problem with sewage spills from Tijuana for decades. This week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced two new projects to increase treatment of Tijuana river flows by 10 million gallons per day.

  1. EPA will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) to divert additional water for treatment at the IBWC International Treatment Plant.
  2. EPA is partnering with the City of San Diego to develop and deploy a permanent solution to better control sediment and trash in the area known as "Smuggler’s Gulch," just north of the U.S.-Mexico border. In addition to capturing sediment and trash that would otherwise flow into the Pacific Ocean, this project will help reduce the risk of flooding in nearby communities.

Both initiatives are deeply rooted in advocacy and are part of an ongoing effort to combat this environmental and public health issue. In December, the San Diego congressional delegation secured $300 million through the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, but our work is far from over. I will continue to advocate for our coastal communities until the issue is fully resolved.

Read my full statement on these developments, HERE.


District Work

Visit to SANDAG Vision Lab

SANDAG August visit

 

On Monday, I visited SANDAG and observed new models of the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) redevelopment, which is a critical construction project to bolster our national security and reinforce San Diego's role in our country's national defense space.

We also discussed next steps for the project, as well as other issues related to our region's transportation.

Day of Action: Education and the HEROES Act

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I joined Reps. Susan Davis (CA-53), Juan Vargas (CA-51), and several local education leaders on Thursday to urge a Senate vote on the Heroes Act. Many San Diego schools began the 2020-2021 academic year this week, and we must do everything we can to ensure our students, teachers and families have what they need so that our children can continue to learn and schools can reopen safely. 

Meeting with AIPAC

On Thursday, I spoke with members of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) about the state of US-Israel relations. We discussed the close cooperation between San Diego and Israeli scientists to create a COVID-19 vaccine, as well as the uplifting news regarding the normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.


100 Birthday Cards for WWII Veteran and Purple Heart Recipient

Our office received a special request to help celebrate Alice Johnson's upcoming 100th birthday. Not only is Alice an engaged member of her Rancho Bernardo community, but she's also a World War II veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, and a dedicated nurse. Her family is collecting 100 birthday cards to celebrate her birthday on September 12th.

If you would like to join this special celebration, send your birthday card for Alice to my district office at 4350 Executive Drive, Suite 105, San Diego, CA 92121 by September 10th, and we'll make sure Alice receives her birthday wishes.


Sep 4, 2020

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August 28, 2020

Dear friend,

I hope you and your loved ones continue to stay safe and well during these difficult times. San Diego is still experiencing high temperatures, so please take care and stay cool.

Below is some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you and everyone in the 52nd Congressional district. 


Legislative Work

This week, I joined over 80 members of Congress in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to oppose a rule that eliminates methane protections. Methane is one of the most potent greenhouse gases driving climate change — as much as 80 times stronger in terms of trapping heat in our atmosphere when compared to carbon dioxide.The rollback of these protections undermines public health, ignores scientific consensus and increases air pollution from the oil and gas industry by undoing commonsense regulations implemented in 2016 with wide industry and public support.


District Work

Visit to Naval Base San Diego

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On Thursday, I had the distinct honor of visiting Naval Base San Diego for a tour with NBSD's Commanding Officer, Captain Mark Nieswiadomy and his hardworking staff. During the tour, I saw USS Bonhomme Richard up close as the CO described the heroic efforts made by the firefighters who fought the recent fire on board.

Naval Base San Diego visit

I also toured the Pier 6 recapitalization project, viewed current construction of Pier 8, and learned about future projects on the base, including the Installation Mobility Vision led by David Zajac, the NBSD Community Planning and Liaison Officer.


Teach for America meeting

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On Wednesday, I spoke with Dr. Randy Ward, Executive Director with Teach for America. We discussed updates on the program in San Diego, federal funding for broadband and internet access for students, and the overall need for emergency funding for AmeriCorps.


This week's Casework Success Story

Marie from Downtown San Diego contacted the office in April to request assistance with obtaining her tax refund. She ran into issues after the IRS indicated that her name and social security number did not match the information on file. My district staff worked with Marie and a taxpayer advocate to gather the necessary documents and successfully verify her identity.

This week, Marie received her refund for $5,827.66


Sincerely,

Aug 28, 2020

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August 25, 2020

Dear Friend,

School closures and the challenges of online distance learning due to COVID-19 have taken a toll on parents and families. A recent look inside the lives of two San Diego working parents  represents the current experience of millions of American families. For many working parents, the COVID-19 crisis has made them choose between caring for their children and their paycheck.

I'm sending this special edition of my newsletter to inform parents and families of a critical lifeline that may be available to them during this time if their employer is covered by this law.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

A temporary, emergency family leave program created by Congress in March

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The Families First Act guarantees that parents and guardians of school-aged children who work full-time can take up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave at two-thirds of their regular pay, capped at $200 a day, if local schools and day cares are closed or unavailable due to the pandemic.The rules generally apply to businesses with 50 to 500 employees (some exemptions apply).

The 12 weeks of leave include two weeks of unpaid leave, followed by 10 weeks of paid leave. Eligible employees may elect or be required to overlap the initial two weeks of unpaid leave with two weeks of other paid leave they have available.

Part-time employees are eligible for leave for the number of hours they are normally scheduled to work over that period. For additional information and answers to frequently asked questions, click here.

Please talk to your employer if you believe you and your employer are covered by this law. This emergency-leave program expires on December 31st.


I understand how this major disruption to our lives has caused tremendous uncertainty and stress for many families. Please know that my staff is prepared to help and answer any questions. The district office can be reached at 858-455-5550.

Sincerely,

Aug 25, 2020

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August 21, 2020

Dear Friend,

I hope you and your loved ones continue to stay safe and well during these difficult times. California is still experiencing dangerously high temperatures, so please take care and stay cool.

Below is some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you and everyone in the 52nd Congressional district. 


Legislative Work

Fighting for San Diegans during COVID-19

On Wednesday, I led 114 of my colleagues in a letter to Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Hoyer urging for the House to take up a vote this Saturday on legislation to extend enhanced unemployment insurance tied to economic indicators. 

San Diegans need help, and they need help now. It’s critical we reinstate economic support that continues to roll for the remainder of this crisis, unimpeded by the prolonged political debates happening between Capitol Hill and the White House.

To read our letter, click here.

New Data Bill to Improve National COVID Response

Today, I introduced the bipartisan Health STATISTICS Act with my colleagues Rep. Lucy McBath (GA-06), Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01). This bill would vastly improve COVID-19 research by fixing detrimental inconsistencies in data collection and essential reporting to effectively combat the coronavirus pandemic. 

Key public health and data policy experts are describing this bill as “…the most important development in making vital statistics data electronically available and broadly actionable in the last 40 years” and “a game changer.” This legislation is also said to be “revolutionizing the way we use data by finally standardizing and modernizing our infrastructure while maintaining the critical balance of accessibility and confidentiality.”

For more information about this bill, click here.

Votes this Weekend

Tomorrow, the House will vote on the Delivering for America Act, a bill to save the United States Postal Service (USPS). The bill will provide additional funding to the USPS and prohibit any changes to operations or service levels that would impede prompt, reliable, and efficient service for the duration of the coronavirus crisis or through January 2021.


District Work

National Day of Action

#DontMessWithUSPS

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On Tuesday, I led an event at the Midway Post Office with the San Diego congressional delegation: Reps. Susan Davis, Juan Vargas, and Mike Levin, as well as  Assemblymember Todd Gloria, San Diego Country Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, and the president of the local chapter of National Association of Letter Carriers. Together, we sent a clear message: don't mess with the USPS. We are committed to safeguarding the USPS to ensure it can continue its work serving San Diegans and the American people.

My office has received an onslaught of calls from those of you who are struggling due to delays caused by organizational USPS changes. Seniors and veterans are worried about not receiving critical medicine and late fees from bills paid by mail. Others are concerned that Social Security benefits, stimulus checks, paychecks, and tax returns won't reach their doorsteps soon enough in the middle of this recession. The Postal Service is the only service that reaches every address in our country and one of the nation’s largest employers, with over 630,000 heroes in blue working around the clock to get us our mail on time, securely, and at an affordable rate. It's our duty to protect this institution, especially when we expect more votes by mail this year due to the pandemic.

To watch the event, click here.


This Week's Casework Success Story

Alia from Poway contacted the office in the beginning of August to request assistance with obtaining her passport. She was concerned that she would not have her passport in time to travel after being accepted into a master’s program in Switzerland. My district staff worked with Alia to gather the necessary documents for the passport application and those from her school to request expedited processing. Alia received her passport this week thanks to these efforts.

To parents and families of the 52nd district

Although the COVID-19 crisis has undeniably changed the landscape of our daily lives, some families have found relief from provisions within the Families First Coronavirus Response Act passed by Congress in March. Under federal law, parents and guardians of school-aged children are guaranteed 3 months of leave with two-thirds pay if local schools are closed due to the pandemic. See if you qualify today by clicking here.

Stay tuned next week for a special edition of this newsletter with more information on this important topic.

Aug 21, 2020

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August 14, 2020

Dear Friend,

I hope you and your loved ones are safe and well during these challenging times. Below is some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you and everyone in the 52nd Congressional district. 


Legislative Work

The House of Representatives is not in session and I am in San Diego for the August District Work Period. While home, we continue to work on critical legislation that will support relief efforts related to COVID-19. Stay tuned to updates on my Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts next week for more details.


District Work

Meeting with USD Associated Student Government leaders

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I spoke with students from the University of San Diego and offered advice on how they can be better advocates for their student body, how to communicate with elected officials, and how America needs more problem solvers in leadership positions.


Meeting with representatives from the Armenian National Committee 

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I virtually met with representatives from the Armenian National Committee to discuss USAID appropriations which fund demining efforts on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan, reaffirming the U.S.-Armenian partnership, recognizing a successful democratic transition of government after recent elections, and ongoing concerns due to regional tensions.


This Week's Casework Success Story

Barbara from Mira Mesa contacted the district office at the beginning of June concerning the CARES Economic Impact Payment she had not received. My district staff repeatedly reached out to the IRS to request updates on the disbursement of funds. Initially, the IRS said there was an issue with her direct deposit, then the agency said it would conduct additional research to confirm her income. After two and a half months of advocacy from our office, Barbara received her check in the mail this week.

Constituent Engagement Highlight

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I had a very special discussion with a 13-year-old constituent whose father reached out because he wanted his daughter to hear from her Congressman about the current state of our country. We spoke about the importance of working together in Congress and advocating for important issues, and the right to peaceful assembly among other important topics.

Aug 14, 2020

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August 7, 2020

Dear Friend,

I hope you and your loved ones are safe and well during these challenging times. Below is some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you and everyone in the 52nd Congressional district. 


Legislative Work

Vote on Second Federal Spending Package

One week ago, I helped the House pass a second federal spending package to fund critical programs and projects for fiscal year 2021. The package covers a wide range of priorities in our nation’s defense; commerce, justice and science; energy and water development; financial services and general government; labor, education and health and human services; and transportation, housing and urban development. This legislation also contains significant wins for the San Diego region.


District Work

Clairemont Family Service Day

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On Saturday, I joined members of the community, including San Diego City Councilmember Dr. Jennifer Campbell and Clairemont Town Council President Eden Yaege, for this special event that was adjusted due to COVID-19 concerns. Together, we supported clean-up efforts throughout Clairemont by clearing trash in areas near Balboa Avenue and Moraga Avenue.


Rare Disease Legislative Advocates (RDLA) Meeting

On Monday, I held a conference call with constituents from the Rare Disease Legislative Advocates group (RDLA) to discuss the organization's legislative priorities and concerns. As a proud member of the Rare Disease Congressional Caucus, we discussed how genome sequencing helps identify rare diseases. I also spoke about a bill I introduced, the Ending the Diagnostic Odyssey Act and recognized important projects in the community, such as the Project Baby Bear led by Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine.

Casework Success Story

A constituent from Rancho Bernardo contacted the district office at the end of May to request assistance with obtaining his tax refund. The tax return was filed in early March and would provide much needed relief as he faced financial and employment struggles in his household. Our staff worked with the constituent and the IRS Taxpayer Advocate to obtain forms and successfully clear up an internal IRS error. This week, the constituent received his refund for $9,243.70.

Sincerely,

Aug 7, 2020

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July 17, 2020

Dear Friend,

I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy during these challenging times. Below is some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you and everyone in 52nd Congressional district. 

 

Legislative Work

Energy and Commerce Hearing with DOE Secretary

On Tuesday, I spoke with Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Dan Brouillette during an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing about the DOE's response to the COVID-19 outbreak. During this hearing, I asked what the agency's priorities are for the upcoming year and asked Secretary Brouillette about moving spent nuclear fuel away from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station to protect military operations, the environment, and civilians in our region. It's crucial for Congress and the DOE to work together to invest in interim storage and permanent disposal solutions for the safe relocation of nuclear waste.

We also touched on the need to upgrade our electric grid and outdated infrastructure to optimize our transmission of renewable and clean energy.

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Watch my exchange with Sec. Brouillette, HERE.

Committee Markup of 30 bills to help San Diegans

On Wednesday, I joined my colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee to debate and amend 30 bills that included measures to strengthen America's energy, health care, and telecommunications sectors.

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Watch my opening remarks, HERE.

District Work

Healthcare Leadership Council Meeting

On Thursday, I met with local members of the Healthcare Leadership Council to discuss different ways in which we can respond and prepare our communities for future pandemics. We also spoke about my support for H.R. 6788, the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act, and the important work being done by local healthcare companies.

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Congressional Art Competition Virtual Reception

Also on Thursday, we held a virtual reception for the 2020 Congressional Art Competition. Every year, high school students from our district submit original art pieces for a chance to have their work displayed in the U.S. Capitol. Kathryn Kanjo from the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego joined me to announce the winner and fan favorite.

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Discussion with student leaders of SAGE

Earlier today, I had the pleasure of meeting with leaders of the Student Advocates for Graduate Education (SAGE) coalition. SAGE recognized my work earlier this year with their "2020 Legislator of the Year" award.

We discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect graduate students across the country this fall, how universities are responding to the public health crisis, and the recent challenges experienced by international students to continue their education in America.

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I'm headed to Washington D.C. next week to keep working with my colleagues in Congress on important legislation for San Diego. I want to thank you for engaging with my staff and counting on us for assistance and support.

The backdrop of our daily lives continues to be the COVID-19 pandemic. Please continue to stay safe by practicing social distancing, avoiding unnecessary and/or large gatherings, frequently washing your hands, and wearing a mask when leaving your home. We are in this together.

Sincerely,

Jul 17, 2020

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July 2, 2020

Dear Friend,

A recent Supreme Court ruling made on DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, provided temporary relief for thousands of undocumented immigrants who were brought to America as children and have been living and working here most of their lives. Despite the Trump administration's efforts to eliminate the program in 2017, the Court ruled that the White House failed to provide adequate justification to do so. Although the program remains in effect for now, what does this mean for the thousands of so-called "DREAMERs" and their future in the U.S.?

Please join us for a virtual town hall on the current state and future of DACA. As our second event in a series of virtual town halls where I invite my colleagues in Congress and other experts to present information to San Diegans, we'll discuss the Supreme Court's recent ruling as well as the next steps needed to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

I will be joined by Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus Rep. Pete Aguilar (CA-31), Dulce García, a San Diego-based attorney and plaintiff in the case, and other San Diego "DREAMERs" I've worked with during my time in Congress.   

NEW DACA virtual town hall

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Time: 5:30 PM - 6:45 PM  
Location: via Cisco Webex - see link below!

Attendees are welcome to join the town hall as early as 5:00 PM by clicking on this link: https://ushr.webex.com/ushr/onstage/g.php?MTID=e290d7d696e14ee5ebb6d30e23d718c35

This event will also stream live on Rep. Peters' Facebook page.


I look forward to hearing your thoughts on how we're working for you, on Congress, and on how we can better serve San Diego.

Sincerely,

Jul 2, 2020

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