Rochelle Wilcox

Rochelle Wilcox for Congress

building on shared values

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Thank you, Everyone!

Over the past several months, I've been inspired and amazed by the commitment of the people of this District to improving the lives of everyone who lives here. I've been grateful for the tremendous support that's been given to me and the other candidates by people determined to elect a representative who puts her constituent's interests ahead of the interests of wealthy donors.

I've also been clear that I will leave the campaign if and when I decide that the best way forward for the District is for me to step back. That time has come. I've decided to suspend my campaign and give more space for the voters to get to know the other candidates, so that they can decide who will best represent our District in Congress. As I've told many people I've gotten to know this year, you're still going to see me because I'm committed to flipping this seat, and then working to improve the lives of everyone in this District. But I've decided I can best do that without the constraints of a campaign that forces me to downplay some of the issues about which I care the most, because I'm afraid of alienating voters we will need. In addition to helping elect our first female representative for this District, I'll be joining the Poor People's Campaign (at www.breachrepairers.org) to fight more broadly for the social justice issues that as a country we must fix before we can become everything we know we can be.

Thank you so much to my campaign team Dyana Polk, Luis Amezcua and Nolan Pack, to Kris Johnson and Tita Bladen for their untiring support of our campaign, and to everyone else across the District who is showing up and fighting for the things that matter. Together, we will create a better world for our kids.

Immigration

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.