My immigration policies are guided by my value for human life.
I wholeheartedly condemn the Trump Administration’s scapegoating of minorities. I know that undocumented immigrants are far less likely to commit crimes than U.S. citizens. I know that immigrants contribute tremendous value to our country, and we would not be the world leader that we are today were it not for immigrants. I also reject the harsh deportation policies embraced by the Trump Administration, which break apart families, destroy lives, and make it difficult for immigrants to report crime and seek help from and cooperate with law enforcement and other community officials without fear of being deported.
While comprehensive immigration reform should be our goal, I would support reform in steps that advance our policies and build on our progress. Any reform should recognize and value the people who have been contributing to our country without the benefit of citizenship. Many adults who moved here for a better life for themselves and their children have been working hard and paying their fair share of taxes. Adults who have become members of our communities and those who came here as children should have a path to citizenship.
We need to enact immigration laws that protect everyone in our country, and give us the freedom to continue to thrive and grow as a nation.