Congressman Leonard Lance

Representing the 7th District of New Jersey


For my part, I oppose amnesty, support securing our borders and requiring businesses to use the E-Verify background check system.

I oppose granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants because it is unfair to those who have entered our country legally and an affront to the laws that we have established governing immigration and citizenship. This includes ensuring that illegal immigrants are not covered under any federal health care reform measure.

Instead of rewarding illegal behavior, we need to crack down on illegal immigration and secure the border. The American people support securing our borders first. Border security must be our highest priority.

To this end, I am proud to have voted for the new law providing $10.1 billion for Customs and Border Protection, including $800 million for Southwest border security fencing, infrastructure and technology, an $1.5 billion for identifying and removing from the United States criminal aliens once an immigration judge has ordered them deported.

Finally I strongly support requiring businesses to use the E-Verify background check system. By strengthening the E-Verify system employers would be less inclined to hire undocumented or illegal immigrants.

Rest assured as your Congressman in Washington, I will continue to reject amnesty, fight to secure our borders, and work toward a mandatory E-Verify background check system.



More on Immigration

Apr 15, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) hailed passage of a package of bills this week through the U.S. House of Representatives that lays the groundwork for serious improvements to securing the Nation’s southwest border and vetting foreign travelers attempting the enter the United States.

Jan 20, 2016 Press Release

WESTFIELD, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement after U.S. Senate Democrats blocked consideration of H.R. 4038, legislation that passed the U.S. House of Representatives with a bipartisan veto-proof majority.  The bill would have temporarily paused the President’s refugee resettlement program and proposed reforms for a more effective vetting and monitoring process.

Nov 24, 2015 Press Release

WESTFIELD, N.J.  --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced his congressional offices have successfully closed its 4000th constituent casework request.  Constituent cases are opened by Lance’s staff when residents ask the office for assistance and are experiencing difficulties with federal agencies such as the IRS, Social Security Administration, Veterans Affairs, the State Department or any other federal agency.  Lance’s staff works as an advocate for the constituent until a successful resolution.  

Nov 19, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today voted for H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act — legislation that would be a first step in strengthening the vetting system for Syrian and Iraqi refugees being admitted to the United States.

Jan 14, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) issued the following statement after House passage of H.R. 240, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, which will fully fund homeland security programs for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2015 while blocking President Obama’s unlawful executive amnesty: