We need real immigration reform.
Immigrants should have a lawful, earned path to citizenship or permanent residence. Texas' unique culture positions us as a leader and we can show the rest of the country that the fact that immigrant culture is woven into the fabric of Texas society is the source of our strength and our success. Law-abiding immigrants help our state and country grow strong, safe and prosperous. As Texans, we know that we don't need walls or paranoia--we need comprehensive federal immigration reform. Laws like Texas' SB4 make us all less safe. We have to end family detention and for-profit detention centers. Our country and our state were built by refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants. And Congress must pass a clean DREAM act now.
This administration’s de-humanizinization of immigrants must stop, in both policy and rhetoric. CBP needs to enforce immigration laws humanely--that means no raids at courthouses, no raids at hospitals, no targeting families and separating children.
Congress needs to enact legislation that focuses resources on crafting bills that are explicit in creating policies that call for detaining and deporting only those individuals who pose a violent threat to public safety, and that ensures that refugees who seek asylum in the U.S. have a fair chance to tell their stories.
We need to end family detention, and we need to close private immigration detention centers. And I’d introduce legislation that prevents ICE from contracting with private for-profit prison corporations like the GEO Group. Furthermore, I’d work with Texas state leaders to end family detention for parents and children who arrive at our border in desperate situations and close private immigrant detention centers.
We have to introduce laws that strengthen paths to citizenship and permanent residence. My commitments include:
•Ending family detention, and closing private immigration detention centers
•Preventing ICE from contracting with private for-profit prison corporations like the GEO Group
•Crafting bills that explicitly create policies calling for detaining and deporting only those individuals who pose a violent threat to public safety and that ensure that refugees who seek asylum in the U.S. have a fair chance to tell their stories
•Expanding eligibility to new categories which includes creating a route to citizenship through employment, as well as providing hardship exception for full-time caregivers of minor children
•Protecting the DACA program and the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program.
•Ending the three- and 10-year bars, which force families to choose between pursuing a green card by leaving the country and leaving loved ones behind.