“Immigrants who come to this country to make a better life for themselves and their family are part of the story of America. But there’s something broken in the spirit of our democracy. As the daughter of immigrants, I’m tired of seeing politicians and pundits point the finger at families like mine in order to protect themselves when voters are rightfully upset about the economy.
Policies that tear families apart damage the freedom we all cherish and the bonds that hold our nation together. I believe in sensible immigration reform. It will boost our economy and give more people the chance to live out the American Dream, just like my family did. We will stand up to a politics of fear and division with a politics of hope.”
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is a central piece to our immigration policy and defending DACA is critical. DACA recipients - or Dreamers - are contributing to our country’s neighborhoods, communities and economy, and deserve a fair chance to stay in America. Protecting Dreamers means protecting the American Dream; allowing them to start new businesses, serve in our military and come out from the shadows to contribute fully to our country.
Comprehensive Immigration Reform
I believe comprehensive immigration reform is not only the right thing to do, but it will help Michigan’s economy grow for everyone.
Economic growth only works for the middle class when we lift up everyone, not when we treat the economy as a zero-sum game that pits people against each other. We’ve tried it the other way for too long, and Michigan’s middle class is suffering because of it. It’s time for a new approach, one that includes immigration reform – because we all benefit when we work together to put communities on pathways to economic prosperity. Immigrants contribute millions to Michigan’s economy, are twice as likely to start a new business, and employ 10% of the workforce in Michigan. Immigration and immigrants are vital to growing our economy in Michigan.
Pathway to Citizenship
Immigration reform must include a pathway to citizenship that keeps families together - rather than tearing them apart. This keeps our communities safer by bringing people out of the shadows to work with law enforcement and identify criminals and those that threaten the safety of our communities.