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March 23, 2023

Correa introduces amendment to protect undocumented students


FIRST IN HUDDLE — Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the Border Security Subcommittee, has introduced an amendment to Republican’s “Parent’s Rights” legislation that would protect undocumented students and their families from having their immigration status shared at school. “My amendment is simple: if my Republican colleagues would like to protect the rights of our students and their parents, we must protect the rights of all of our … Continue Reading

March 23, 2023

Garden Grove students created a study aid app — and they’ll present it to Congress next month


The MnewNote app is not publicly available yet. Chau said they will consider publishing it in the future. But it did recently win the 2022 Congressional App Challenge in Rep. Lou Correa’s 46th district. Chau said the win was a shock and unexpected; Vu and Nguyen said they are “ecstatic.” “We are really excited to show some of the features we have on our app, to hopefully inspire Congress to invest more in these kinds of competitions to motivate students to pursue … Continue Reading

March 17, 2023

Anaheim High turns 125 years old


The community raised $12,500 through a bond measure to purchase the land and construct the original high school building. At the 125th anniversary celebration, Rep. Lou Correa, D-Anaheim, announced $2 million in federal funding had been secured to help restore its William Cook Auditorium. “This project is personal to me,” Correa said. “As a former student of Anaheim High School, I know first-hand the high-quality education our students can receive — and the … Continue Reading

March 16, 2023

Santa Ana Officials Commit to Building A New Park on the River


Two council members – Jessie Lopez and Johnathan Ryan Hernandez – came forward with the idea, along with the office of Congressman Lou Correa, who was named often enough that night that one council member proposed bringing the item back in April when he’d be in town.  For Correa, the park is part of a larger effort to stave off what remains for him a lingering concern: Another freeway. Between the 1980s and early aughts, county officials mulled over an extension … Continue Reading

March 15, 2023

US Lacks ‘Operational Control’ of Border, Chief Tells GOP

by Ellen M. Gilmer

Rep. Lou Correa (Calif.), the top Democrat on the panel’s border security subcommittee, made his own trip to tour border facilities in Laredo, Texas, on Tuesday. Correa said it’s his “duty to be on the frontlines.” “I pledge to continue to be, hopefully alongside my Congressional colleagues, crafting policy and making decisions on the ground — not from behind a desk in Washington,” he said in a … Continue Reading

March 15, 2023

Marjorie Taylor Greene's 'Confidential' Border Bomb Was Actually a Fake


At least one Democratic member of the committee—Representative Lou Correa—did travel to the border Wednesday, however, where he called on colleagues to consider other measures to address the surge including stronger surveillance measures, more personnel and above all, reforms to the country's current immigration protocols. "A lot of issues, a lot of challenges," he said. "Let's get … Continue Reading

March 15, 2023

Biden takes heat for border measures, but illegal crossings are down

by Nick Miroff and Maria Sacchetti

Rep. J. Luis Correa (Calif), a member of the Homeland Security Committee and ranking Democrat of the subcommittee on border security, said he avoided the hearing because it felt partisan, not a joint effort to shape immigration policy. Correa said that this week he visited the Texas border city of Laredo, where he saw migrants from Ecuador at a detention facility facing possible deportation. “You saw their hope and their desperation,” he said. “If you give people the … Continue Reading

March 11, 2023

House Dems eying immigration law update to provide citizenship for millions

by Rich Calder

A coalition of House Democrats are reviving efforts to provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants. Six Democrats have reintroduced the “Renewing Immigration Provisions of the Immigration Act of 1929” bill that seeks to update a law created to allow immigrants to apply for permanent residency or a green card. Initially, immigrants had to be in the US before 1921 to qualify, but the law has been updated several times, including in 1986, when the … Continue Reading

March 11, 2023

House Dems seek to update immigration law, create path to legal status


Rep. Lou Corea, D-Calif., headlines a group of Democrats from California, New York and Illinois that plans to reintroduce the "Renewing Immigration Provisions of the Immigration Act of 1929" bill on Thursday. “What we're going to do is look at passing immigration reform that's very simple, to do it on one page. It’s not thousands of pages, it’s one page: Change the registry date,” Correa said in an interview with Spectrum News.  The Registry Act of 1929 … Continue Reading

March 08, 2023

Biden stokes furor by flirting with Trump-era detention policies

by Rafael Bernal and Rebecca Beitsch

Rep. Lou Correa (Calif.)., the top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee and an outspoken immigrant advocate, excoriated the administration for considering measures to “stonewall migrants from seeking safe-haven in this country.” Correa also panned the administration’s Title 42 reasoning for considering more deterrent measures. “We’ve pushed for the end of Title 42 for over two years, leaving the Administration with ample time to prepare for its … Continue Reading

February 21, 2023

Biden administration proposes new restrictions on asylum


The Biden administration on Tuesday announced its new plan to restrict which migrants can apply for asylum at the border, likely setting off a flurry of court battles. “This action will bar deserving asylum seekers arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border from claiming asylum if they passed through another country en route to the United States without seeking protection,” said Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Border Security Subcommittee. “This rule will … Continue Reading

February 15, 2023

Bipartisan House Members File Veterans Medical Marijuana Research Bill, With Senate Companion Up For Vote This Week

by Kyle Jaeger

Reps. Lou Correa (D-CA) and Jack Bergman (R-MI) introduced the legislation on Tuesday, about a week after Sens. Jon Tester (D) and Dan Sullivan (R) filed a companion version in their chamber. That Senate measure is scheduled to be taken up in the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, which Tester chairs, on Thursday. Under the proposal, VA would be tasked with conducting studies that explore the effects of cannabis for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic … Continue Reading

February 11, 2023

Biden’s Small Business Administration chief tours Anaheim


U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman toured Anaheim on Friday, Feb. 3, after meeting with local business owners. Guzman, who has served in President Joe Biden’s Cabinet since March 2021, met with small business owners at Pour Vida Tortillas & Tap on Anaheim Boulevard before embarking on a walking tour of nearby Center Street Promenade in the city’s downtown. Guzman and Rep. Lou Correa, who organized the outing, also met with … Continue Reading

February 06, 2023

Orange County members of Congress get to work


It’s been close to a month since the 118th Congress was finally sworn into office after being delayed by the 15 rounds of voting to elect Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the House. Since early January, the six members of Congress who each represent portions of Orange County have taken on a slew of responsibilities, ranging from introducing and sponsoring bills to serving on House committees. Here’s a look at how OC’s representatives got the year started: Lou Correa Correa … Continue Reading

January 24, 2023

Reps. Lou Correa and Michelle Steel to co-chair group focused on Vietnamese communities


Two Orange County politicians will co-chair the Congressional Vietnam Caucus for the first time. Reps. Lou Correa, D-Anaheim, and Michelle Steel, R-Seal Beach, are spearheading the Congressional Vietnam Caucus this year, a group focused on bilateral U.S.-Vietnam relations and prioritizing issues important to Vietnamese American communities across the country, according to Correa’s office. The Orange County pair joins Reps. Zoe Lofgren, a Bay Area Democrat who represents one of … Continue Reading

January 18, 2023

Family of OC attorney disputes report that he was shooing noisy pigeons before fatal fall


On Tuesday evening, Blair’s family issued a statement complaining that Mexican authorities had not talked directly with them about his death, prompting complaints from Orange County Rep. Lou Correa. Expressing “deep concerns” about Blair’s death, Correa, D-Santa Ana, sent a letter Wednesday morning to the Mexican ambassador to the United States, asking the Mexican Embassy “and all levels of the Mexican Government (federal, state, and local) to assist the Blair … Continue Reading

January 10, 2023

Dem rep: Immigration reform about more than border security

by NewsNation

Congressman Lou Correa says he is willing to work across the aisle on immigration reform, but adds that his colleagues must stop pushing what he believes is a “false narrative.” Watch the full clip HERE. A bipartisan Senate proposal to address the immigration system and border security failed to get any traction in the lame-duck session of Congress, and now, Republicans and Democrats are visiting the southern border. Correa, a California Democrat, was critical of the … Continue Reading

January 07, 2023

Hispanic Caucus split between rage and lukewarm reception to Biden’s new border plan


Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.), a top advocate for migrant rights who’s at times butted heads with Democratic leadership over immigration, recognized the different political realities faced by some of his colleagues. “I do know some people at the border, their communities are bearing a lot of the brunt of this refugee crisis. And so they’re looking for some solutions, so they may be more open to those solutions then others,” Correa told The Hill. Still, Correa struck at … Continue Reading

January 06, 2023

How Jan. 6 impacted bipartisanship among California representatives

by Hanna Kang

As with many of his colleagues, the attack on the Capitol two years ago served as an inflection point in Rep. Lou Correa’s political career. The Orange County Democrat thought his life was going to end on Jan. 6, 2021. But the harrowing events of that day, he said, ended up solidifying his relationship with a number of Republicans. “I had no doubt that that was going to be the end,” Correa said. “When we were trapped in the Capitol, it was Democrats and Republicans … Continue Reading

March 19, 2019

Meet the blue wave now representing Orange County in Congress

by Sarah Wire

Clockwise from top left: Gil Cisneros, Katie Porter, Harley Rouda, Alan Lowenthal, Lou Correa and Mike Levin. (Associated Press; Los Angeles Times; Roll Call) Long a bastion of Republican power, Orange County is now represented entirely by Democrats. Four of the newest members defeated Republicans in November to secure their seats. They joined Rep. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) who holds a seat that flipped to Democratic control in the mid-'90s, and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long … Continue Reading

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