Immigration Reform

America is a nation of immigrants. The Statue of Liberty, which welcomed immigrants to America, reads: “bring us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Unfortunately, all too many people have come to fear those who don’t look or talk the way they do, instead of welcoming them. The racism and xenophobia of the Trump administration has no place in our country.  

  • Pass comprehensive immigration reform. We must provide legalization and a path to citizenship for the twelve million undocumented immigrants who work, build families, and make a life in America. Current immigration laws tear apart families and trap millions of hardworking people in the informal economy.

  • Expand the H1-B program. Silicon Valley runs on H1-B visas, which allow talented immigrants to fill jobs that companies are unable to fill with Americans. Far from destroying jobs, the labor of these skilled immigrants actually increases productivity and raises wages for native-born workers. Such a successful program must be scaled up. We should make H1-B visas transferable from employer to employer, to prevent the exploitation of these workers.  

  • Protect guest workers. Many guest workers come to our country for opportunity and wind up victims of mistreatment, trafficking, and even slavery. We have strong worker protection laws that protect these vulnerable individuals; unfortunately, the money isn’t there to enforce them. A small fee on employers could protect the rights of guest workers.

  • Welcome refugees. Innocent people, many of them children, have lost their homes and livelihoods as a result of the Syrian Civil War. America has long had a tradition of generosity towards refugees. Our opposition to ISIS must begin at home through compassion to its victims. We should expand our refugee resettlement programs.  

  • Battle Trump’s immigration policies. The Trump administration’s racist and xenophobic immigration policies must be fought unceasingly. We should strongly oppose a Muslim ban and any attempts to build a wall across the Mexican border.