The United States is a proud nation of immigrants and we must adhere to the promise of the American Dream. Our diversity is what makes us strong. Unfortunately, our immigration system is outdated and presents unnecessary challenges to immigrants who want to legally come to the United States.
Standing up to President Trump
President Trump’s treatment of migrants has been horrific. Children have been separated from their parents and overcrowding at border facilities has created major problems resulting in basic needs not being met. Bill has repeatedly denounced the inhumane treatment of immigrants at the border by the Trump Administration as well as Donald Trump’s overall fear-based immigration policy.
Supporting the DREAM Act
Bill has been a longtime supporter of the DREAM Act, first voting for the bill in 2010 and again in 2019. Children brought to the U.S. by their parents deserve a fair chance at American citizenship and the chance to live out the American Dream in the only country many have ever known.
Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Bill is also supports the 2013 Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill that passed the Senate but was denied a vote under the Republican control of John Boehner and Paul Ryan. This commonsense compromise bill would have provided funding for border security while also ensuring we reformed our outdated immigration system. It provided a strict but fair pathway to citizenship for those undocumented residents who were able to pay a modest fine, pay back-taxes, and pass a criminal background check. Bill believes the framework in this bill should be the foundation for a new comprehensive immigration reform package.