I believe that our diversity as a country is our greatest strength, not a weakness. Our very identity as a nation is rooted in our immigrant heritage.

My father came to the U.S. under the Bracero temporary worker program that allowed millions of Mexican workers to fill in the labor shortages in agriculture during World War II. Luckily, I was born in the U.S. and did not have to go through the maze of applications and interviews that can take years, if not decades, for immigrants to complete today. I believe that we should be extending the same opportunities – to work, go to school, and give back to the community – that I was afforded, to the many hard-working people who are simply seeking a better life for them and their families.

Unfortunately, many nativist politicians have made their careers off exploiting the economic anxieties that many Americans are feeling today. They claim that even the most modest of immigration policies is one step closer towards “open borders.” I believe the opposite is true: immigrants are critical to both the cultural and economic vibrancy of our country.

That’s why I am fighting for a process that keeps families together, provides refuge to the world’s most vulnerable populations, and attracts the world’s best talents to live, study, and work in the U.S. Instead of building walls, we should be prioritizing border security efforts that reconstruct, repair and expand our nation's land POEs, which are vital to both ensuring the security of our country as well as facilitating the flow trade.

I believe that this starts with fundamentally changing how we view the issue of immigration. We should not presume that everyone attempting to immigrate or seek refuge in the U.S. has the worst of intentions; we should presume that for one reason or another, they are coming to seek better lives for them and/or their families.

You can view my statements and official positions on recent immigration news here.

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