Issue Position: Immigration

Issue Position

Date: Jan. 1, 2016
Issues: Immigration

There is no doubt that our immigration system is broken and needs a common sense approach that includes an earned pathway to citizenship. I believe we must update our laws so that they balance legal immigration with more effective measures to protect our borders. Immigration reform must reflect our values as a nation, which includes keeping families and communities intact. We must also ensure that immigration reform protects America's economic vitality and competitiveness. All across Ventura County, from our farmers to our farmworkers, from our manufacturing industries and from our hi-tech and bio-tech employers, the call for comprehensive immigration that would strengthen our economy is unanimous.

I also strongly support the DREAMers--young people brought here by their parents who know no other home than America. Many have completed high school or are pursuing college degrees. Many have also served in our military. I believe that it is wrong to punish these children for decisions made by their parents, and I believe it is critical that these children be given the opportunity to give back to our economy and society by reaching their full potential.