We need to fundamentally reform our immigration system so that it reflects who we want to be -- a country where our fellow human beings are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their immigration status.
Texas knows better than perhaps any other state how much we benefit from the contributions immigrants make to our success, to our culture, and to our communities, every single day.
We know that immigration is fundamentally good for us as a state, as a country, and as a society. And we recognize, as Texans, how urgent it is that we rewrite this country's immigration laws in a way that reflects our shared experience as the defining border state.
And it is critical that we recognize how fundamental the consequences of slavery of kidnapped Africans and the systemic genocide and erasure of Indigenous people are to the story that we tell ourselves about our state and our identity.
But the "othering" of immigrants as economic scapegoats has long been a shameful part of our country's history. Texas politicians have used racist dogwhistles to scapegoat immigrants, turn us against one another, and deflect from their own corruption for years. And -- as we saw in El Paso on August 3 -- that rhetoric has real consequences, putting our families and communities in grave danger.
Under the Trump administration, we have reached a low-point. Children have died in our custody, and men and women -- making the impossible choice to flee their homes due to political violence or the effects of climate change, to make the treacherous journey to our doorstep, or simply seek opportunity are detained in overcrowded, dehumanizing conditions operated by corporations who profit by exacerbating the problem.
We are at a moral crossroad -- with terroristic raids at workplaces, courthouses, hospitals, and schools, targeting families, separating infants from mothers, and indefinitely detaining those seeking legal asylum, including toddlers and children, in what facilities that can only be called modern day concentration camps.
Julie believes that walls, further militarizing our border communities, and laws like SB4 which divert resources from local law enforcement make us less safe.
It is time to re-establish our reputation as a country that welcomes the stranger and embraces our shared humanity.
You can count on Julie to take meaningful action to fight for a fair immigration system more than any other candidate, because she believes that we need to end the corrupting influence that corporate private prisons like the GEO Group and Core Civic have on our government's policies of mass deportation. In fact, Julie doesn't take a single dime from any PAC.
In Congress, Julie will support legislation to:
- 1. Make Dreamers and TPS recipients citizens, affirm the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, and create a path to citizenship without trading for deportations and criminalizing others. Build a viable path to citizenship for undocumented people and families who live, work, and raise families in the United States but who do not currently have a path to legal status.
- 2. Repeal Section 1325 of the Immigration and Nationality Act -- which has led to the criminal and large-scale detention of families, overwhelmed our country's justice system, and has wasted billions of dollars.
- 3. Increase capacity in our asylum claims system with more immigration judges, court staff, interpreters, and clerks, and ensure that minors are guaranteed effective representation.
- 4. End the United States' disastrous, failed war on drugs, which has led to the violence driving so much of the forced migration from the Golden Triangle today.
- 5. Reverse Trump's unconstitutional Muslim ban.
- 6. End wasteful, harmful wall construction , prevent the further militarization of border communities, and ensure that border communities are consulted about repairing the environmental damage done.
- 7. Prohibit exploitative labor practices which harm residents and guest workers, and protect victims of sexual assault, human trafficking, and domestic violence.
- 8. Strengthen our ports of entry and target transnational criminal organizations by sanctioning them to stop human and drug trafficking.
- 9. Dismantle ICE as we know it by re-assigning its interior enforcement operations to other departments, and conduct a thorough investigation of ICE, CBP, and DHS in the role they have played in the family separation policies carried out by the Trump administration.
- 10. Establish regional refugee processing centers, stop blocking asylum in the US, and strengthen the Mexican asylum system.
- 11. End family detention, close private immigration detention centers, and prevent ICE and CBP from contracting with any for-profit prison corporations like the GEO Group and Core Civic.
- 12. Address the root causes of forced migration, like catastrophic climate change, and engage in diplomacy with our partners in the region to fight corruption.
- 13. End ICE detainers and the 287(g) program, which divert resources from local law enforcement.
- 14. End the practice of deporting veterans, and bring those we have deported home.
- 15. Ban private prisons, and end the corrupting influence of money in our elections and politics, including the corporations and lobbies for private prisons who profit from exacerbating border detention facility overcrowding.
- 16. Reverse cuts to refugee admissions under the Trump administration, and restore the United States as a moral leader welcoming those seeking opportunity and those fleeing violence, disaster, and persecution.
- 17. Terminate the three and ten year bars, which require undocumented individuals who otherwise qualify for legal status to leave the United States and their families behind for years before becoming citizens.