We must:

  • Get the children and other immigrants out of the cages and process them quickly,
  • Expedite all requests for asylum,
    • procedural handling of asylum request are by International Law
  • Implement DACA – ASAP
  • Re-task ICE to it’s original mission

DACA children were brought to the US from other countries and raised here, and this the only life they know.  DACA children are all contributing to the success of America. They learn, they work, pay taxes, and contribute to America, and many are serving in our military. All children eligible for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) have gone through an in-depth vetting process before qualifying. I will work to enact DACA into law, including a path to citizenship, so that these kids can be protected.

We must enforce existing laws and work quickly to reform what does not work, with particular attention to extending time limits and removing unnecessary restriction on migrant worker visas in support of our agriculture and dairy industries.

ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) must return to its original mission: to “prevent acts of terrorism by targeting the people, money, and materials that support terrorist and criminal activities,” as described by the Department of Justice in 2004. It should not act as an arm of this administration’s fear-mongering campaign to villainize asylum seekers, and detain them in what appear to be concentration camps.

We need re-start and improve the programs that provided aid to Central American countries, incentivizing their citizens not to leave in the first place.