The United States is built on immigration. People from all over the world come here to pursue education and careers; to escape persecution and violence; and to join loved ones who live in the United States. But for many, the immigration system is a maze of contradictory policies, outdated procedures, and insurmountable bureaucracies. And once they arrive, immigrants face more challenges economically and culturally. As an immigrant myself, I know the challenges faced by our immigrant communities.
To support our immigrant communities, I support legislation that
- Removes immigration quotas that disproportionately harms non-European immigrants.
- Creates a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already in the United States and clear the backlog of pending hearings in our immigration courts.
- Streamlines the immigration process and clears the backlog of applicants more quickly.
- Provides welfare benefits and services to the children of immigrants, regardless of their legal status.
- Provides funding to sanctuary cities and bars the federal government from using funding as a leverage against local policies of immigration.
- Stops ICE activity in sensitive areas like schools, houses of worship, or medical facilities.
- Closes immigration facilities that do not meet humanitarian standards set by the American Bar Association and ends partnership with for-profit detention centers.
Together, we can protect our borders without causing harm to the immigrants who call America “home”—and the ones who want to.