As a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, Jeanne Shaheen is a trusted, bipartisan voice on America’s national security. She consistently advocates for common-sense efforts to provide strong security at our borders and ports of entry. As a senior member of the powerful Appropriations Committee, she helped negotiate billions in federal dollars for fencing, additional border patrol agents, and improved surveillance and screening technologies.
Bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform is a top priority for Jeanne. She has worked with Republicans and Democrats to develop legislation to help address challenges related to immigration. She has sponsored legislation to provide a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers. She believes that young people who were brought to the U.S. as children and have been covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program should be able to become American citizens.
A lifelong advocate for children, Jeanne knows that we do not have to abandon our values as a nation to keep America safe. She has supported legislation to improve conditions for children in immigration custody as well as efforts to block the Trump administration from increasing immigration detention. Jeanne believes that separating children from their parents, and then keeping them apart in horrible conditions, is wrong. She has led oversight of the administration’s family separation policy as well as legislation to stop it.
Jeanne is a national leader in combating the opioid epidemic and has led legislative efforts to stem the flow of drugs through our borders. She recognizes that stopping the flow of drugs into the U.S. is integral in the fight against the opioid crisis, and passed legislation in 2019 to sanction fentanyl producers and traffickers abroad, which will help stem the flow of fentanyl through our ports of entry and borders.