A Tradition of Diversity
I believe America shines brightest when we build upon the best parts of our tradition of embracing diversity and harnessing it for the common good.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) must not only be rescued from the draconian actions of the Trump administration, they must be expanded. The deportation of young adults who were children when brought to this country is inhumane and anti-family. It is wrong at a basic level of human decency.
And it is wrong economically. Rounding up millions of immigrants who produce our food, build our houses and care for our sick and forcing them out of the country would cause an enormous economic upheaval. Not only should we welcome them for the work they do, we must enact and enforce laws to protect them from unfair labor practices and stolen wages.
Of course we must have secure borders. No nation denies that. But secure borders do not require a looming wall stretching thousands of miles and wasting billions of dollars.
Some of the strongest advocates for an inhumane deportation program own, operate and profit from an inhumane private prison system. The greatest growth in prison population today is in private, for-profit prisons to house undocumented immigrants. We must end both inhumane detention and for-profit prisons.
I believe not only in ending inhumane deportation and detention, but in welcoming immigrants to this country. They come for their own safety and to make a better life for themselves and their families. That's how the United States grew and prospered throughout its past. Immigrants who were often rejected--the English by the natives, the Irish by the English, Eastern Europeans by Northern Europeans, Chinese by whites--assimilated and moved America in new and positive directions. Citizenship has been the key ingredient in the American melting pot. It must be available for dreamers everywhere.