In Congress, I have fought alongside my fellow members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to fight for a clean DREAM Act. I joined them to literally shut down the government in order to force Trump and the GOP to provide a permanent solution for our DREAMers. In addition, I pushed for an extension of TPS and a pathway to citizenship for our immigrant communities.
Passing comprehensive immigration reform – with a pathway to citizenship – must be at the top of our agenda. Our laws need to catch up with our values and with reality. We aren’t going to deport 11 million undocumented people, the vast majority of whom are working hard, paying taxes, playing by the rules, and contributing to our economy and our community.
In the Florida Legislature, I worked across the aisle to get progressive priorities signed into law in a contentious political environment – including bills to allow DREAMers to pay in-state tuition at our public universities and to be admitted to the Florida Bar.