“Together, we can make safe, secure, and compassionate immigration a reality.”
I’ll protect our borders, while also protecting the safety and well-being of immigrants. The senseless cruelty of the assault on families, including children of immigrants, is indefensible.
Immigration is an important issue and I want to get two things straight:
- I am for comprehensive immigration reform. Congress has failed to address this issue for well over a decade under both Republican and Democratic presidents. It is yet another example of our broken system.
- I believe in borders; and that illegally entering our country should continue to be a crime. But let me be clear, jailing families and separating children from mothers is NOT the answer. We as a country are better than that.
Our nation was founded on the ambitions and drive of immigrants seeking a better life for their families. We can build all the walls we want, and it will not make us safer or solve the problem. This is not the 12th century and moats and alligators don’t work either. We can and should do at least four things right now to address immigration.
- We should secure our border with well-trained border officers armed with 21st century technology.
- Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform to bring undocumented immigrants out of the shadows. This will create a path to citizenship that helps these people become tax-paying, productive members of society. And if you have a criminal record and should not be here, you get deported.
- We have to address the root cause of the problem. Imagine a future so bleak that a mother is willing to risk the death of her children in the hope of getting them out of harm’s way. We should resume aid and assistance to Central America so that people can have a future where they live. In the long run, this approach will save the American taxpayer money; it’s the right approach fiscally and morally.
- We need to stop using DREAMERS as a political football. These are children, and now young adults, for whom America is the only home they know. Many join the military, go on to college. They are part of our country; they should not be arrested, deported or threatened.
Immigrants have always contributed to our country’s ever rising and enduring vitality, economy and character. They embody the best of who we are as a nation.