Immigration

As the son of an immigrant, I know the unique promise America represents for families. I know how hard immigrants work, how much they believe in this country, and how much they're willing to give back.

I am deeply concerned that changes in enforcement priorities under the Trump administration may target law-abiding immigrants, waste resources, and unnecessarily break families apart. Instead of tearing families apart and building walls that divide us, we need to finally pass comprehensive, bipartisan immigration reform.

Comprehensive immigration reform includes a visa system that meets the needs of our economy, a tough but fair path to earned citizenship for the estimated 11 million people in our country who are undocumented, and a plan that ensures security at our borders.

I’ve also been a leading proponent of the DREAM Act, which would provide an accountable pathway to legal status and citizenship to undocumented immigrants who arrived when they were children. Dreamers represent what’s best about our nation: hard work, motivation, and a willingness to work toward an education or serve this country in uniform.

Dreamers across the country have come out of the shadows because of the promise that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program represents, including more than 7,000 here in New Mexico. These are some of our brightest students and veterans. I am proud to have led a group of Democrats in introducing the Protect DREAMer Confidentiality Act to ensure that the information they provide the government is not used against them in enforcement.

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