Mike is the grandson of Mexican immigrants on his mother’s side. Having not graduated high school themselves, his grandparents sent all five of their daughters to college. At age 50, his grandfather, Rosendo Bringas, became an American citizen, and it was among the proudest days of his life.
Mike wants to preserve the values and aspirations of so many immigrants like his grandparents, who dream of the uniquely American opportunity for self-improvement. Mike believes that immigrants should be treated with dignity and respect.
Mike proudly cosponsored the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 to protect DACA recipients, many of whom serve in our military, on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, or make incredible contributions to our country in other ways.
Mike worked to prevent the Trump Administration’s hateful immigration policies throughout his time in office. He cosponsored several pieces of legislation to prevent family separation at the border and help families who had been separated reunite, including the Keep Families Together Act, the Reuniting Families Act, and the REUNITE Act.
He also cosponsored the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act, the Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection Custody Act, and the Homeland Security Improvement Act. Mike opposed efforts to ban entry into the United States on the basis of race or religion and co-sponsored the NO BAN Act.
Mike supports more funding for smart border security technology, but he knows a wall from sea to shining sea along our southern border isn’t going to make us any safer – it’s a waste of taxpayer dollars. He has been to the border, toured ports of entry, and met with immigration officials. He knows what they need is 21st Century infrastructure and better technology, and he voted several times to provide funding for modern technology.
Ultimately, Mike believes that members of both parties need to come together on comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship.