I am the grandson of Mexican immigrants on my mother’s side. Having not graduated high school themselves, my mom’s parents sent all five of their daughters to college. At age 50, my grandpa, Rosendo Bringas, became an American citizen, and it was among the proudest days of his life.
I want to preserve the values and aspirations of so many immigrants like my grandparents, who dream of the uniquely American opportunity for self-improvement.
I will be a strong advocate for comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship for law-abiding undocumented immigrants. I believe we must reduce our immigration backlog and allow our country to attract the world’s brightest and highest-skilled workers to help us better compete in a global market.
At the same time, I believe we must strengthen the security of our borders (but not with Trump’s misguided “Wall”), and require undocumented immigrants to pay back taxes and study English.
I also supported the executive action taken by President Obama in 2014 to protect certain undocumented immigrants with strong ties to the community and U.S. citizen family members from deportation. President Obama’s order prioritized the removal of undocumented felons, gang members, and others, while protecting those who have worked hard and contributed positively in our communities and neighborhoods.
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