Comprehensive Immigration Reform
We need to break through the partisan gridlock in Washington to pass comprehensive immigration reform that honors our nation's history as a nation of immigrants. Candace’s great-grandparents immigrated to the United States from Mexico and her great-grandfather fought in World War I. For generations, her family has been committed to serving our country and many other immigrant families do the same.
Throughout our nation’s history immigrants have provided tremendous value both culturally and economically. In Texas 24, immigrants have more than $5 billion in spending power per year and contribute nearly $2 billion in local, state and federal taxes.
However, our immigrant communities face tremendous adversity due to an antiquated, convoluted immigration process and divisive politicians. In dealing with the millions of people living in this country without documentation, Candace wants to provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers—the people brought to the United States as children and know no other home—as well as the rest of our undocumented resident population. We will all benefit from allowing undocumented immigrants to come out of the shadows and further participate in our economy and society as a whole. Candace believes we also need to reform our asylum laws so that asylum cases are just, humane and dealt with in an efficient manner.
A common partisan political argument used by anti-immigrant lawmakers is that immigration leads to crime, but data shows this isn’t true. For immigrants who do commit violent crimes, we should not provide a path to citizenship. However, the overwhelming majority of immigrants are adding tremendous value to our society and have the opportunity to add more if we give them a path to citizenship.
We are a nation of immigrants, and we need to recognize how inclusiveness has been and once again can be one of our greatest strengths.
In Congress, Candace will:
- Create a pathway to citizenship
- Codify the DREAM Act
- Ensure that those crossing our border to seek asylum are treated fairly and humanely
- End family separation and make an effort to reunite families separated by the Trump administration.
- Stand up against immigration enforcement raids and make sure that local and state police do not have the authority that Federal immigration agents have