"Citizenship to me is more than a piece of paper. Citizenship is also about character. I am an American. We’re just waiting for our country to recognize it.” -- Jose Antonio Vargas
All discussions regarding Immigration must start with the acknowledgment of the human beings involved. Immigrants participate in our society and economy at all levels, as taxpayers, business owners, and consumers.
During this next year, we must revise and change the Immigration system so that we don’t create obstacles of oppression but efficient pathways to citizenship. After all, our nation was founded by immigrants for immigrants.
Our work in Congress will address…
Allow all deported veterans of the United States armed forces to return and put an end to this dishonorable practice of deporting those who have served their country.
Ensure the Right to Counsel for Unaccompanied Minors.
Provide a clear and swift pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and those under Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure through the Dream and Promise Act.
Immediately cease the 3- and 10-year bans that force undocumented individuals—who qualify for legal status—to leave this country and their families, sometimes for many years, before becoming legal citizens.