Immigrants are human beings – they deserve dignity, respect and an advocate to fight for them just like everybody else. America was founded by immigrants. They are part of the fabric of our society and essential to the 8th District’s economy, culture, and workforce. We have a moral obligation to protect our immigrants and help them thrive, particularly our students, who are the future of our state’s workforce and economic growth.
We need an immigration policy that ensures dignity and respects the humanity of those that come to our country seeking a better life for themselves and their children. All families should have the opportunity to pursue a brighter future for their children without living in constant fear of deportation, and in America we don’t rip apart families.
I am a staunch supporter of the DREAM Act and continue to call on Congress to honor the promise we made to the DREAMers by passing a clean DREAM Act. I strongly believe that we need to protect our borders and our national security, but breaking our promises to DREAMers and Trump’s hateful, nationalist policies make us less safe.
As a former prosecutor, I know how Trump’s hateful rhetoric makes our communities less safe and actually puts our law enforcement officers in greater danger. Through my work with victims of violent crimes and their families, I have met witnesses who were afraid to speak to law enforcement because they feared ICE would deport them and rip their families apart. We must ban ICE from co-opting local law enforcement in their effort to execute Trump’s cruel deportation agenda so that our undocumented neighbors trust local law enforcement.
If elected, my office will serve as a resource for constituents seeking legal aid, citizenship support services, interpreters, and general support on immigration matters – just as I have served Washingtonians by fighting for their civil rights in my career.