Immigrants built this country, and they need to be valued and treated with respect, not denigrated and scapegoated.
We need a comprehensive solution to immigration that will allow people to move through the process in a reasonable amount of time, protect our borders, and not discourage the influx of talent and energy from around the world that has made our country great.
In the near term, we need a plan to protect the DACA kids. These young people have been and will continue to be contributors to our community and economy. They exemplify what is best about our country. That’s why I support the bipartisan Dream Act, which would allow anyone who came here before age 18 and has been here for four years to get conditional, permanent residency and apply for a green card, as long as they are working or in school and don’t commit a crime. Sponsored by Senators Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin in the Senate and Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard in the House, I think that would give these young people the legal coverage they need and deserve.
Congressman Denham’s Enlist Act, which would grant legal status to Dreamers who join the military, is just singling out a narrow group for a mandatory draft. It is unfair and possibly unconstitutional.