This country was built by immigrants seeking freedom from persecution, a better opportunity and working toward a better tomorrow. My parents are immigrants who came to the U.S for a better opportunity, for the American Dream. The current administration’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and actions are simply unacceptable. From the Muslim ban, to family separations at the boarder, immigration in this country has become a national crisis. The majority of migrants are fleeing violence in their own countries and they come to the U.S with hope for a better life, looking for asylum. But the reality is they are fraught with months long waiting at the border, needless ICE raids and often times, denial of green cards or visas. What immigrants have faced is an attack on their communities, and we have compromised our ideals and values as Americans. This administration is dehumanizing these families and I am absolutely unwilling to allow it to continue. Asylum is an internationally recognized human right. In my personal time, I have been connecting undocumented families I know with pro-bono immigration attorneys to assist them in gaining legal status. While I believe that has made a small difference, what we need as a country is comprehensive and fair immigration reform to put these families on a path to citizenship and prevent any future administration from the egregious actions which have taken place over the last few years. As your Congressman I would:
- Stand first and foremost for human dignity.
- Support sanctuary cities and asylum seekers as asylum is an internationally recognized human right.
- Support comprehensive and fair immigration reform to make our immigration system simpler, more accessible, particularly for non-native english speakers, while retaining the highest level of security.
- Expand my work personally to create and market a large network of pro-bono immigration attorneys to assist undocumented families in gaining legal status.