Immigration makes our country stronger. When Donald Trump attacks immigrant families with hateful rhetoric and uses federal agencies to tear apart families based solely on immigration status, he undermines the fabric of our country. As a federal prosecutor, I did not charge undocumented immigrants with unlawful reentry into the United States after deportation unless they had committed other crimes. It is appalling to watch the president use DREAMers’ lives and well-being as a political bargaining chip; these are law-abiding residents who pay taxes and are expected to contribute nearly half a trillion dollars in GDP over the next decade.

In Congress I will work to fix our broken immigration system and pass comprehensive immigration reform that provides a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million law abiding undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States, including the 2.1 million DREAMers who were brought to this country as children.