Champion a humane, comprehensive immigration policy

As a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, I will champion humane, comprehensive immigration reform that treats everyone with dignity, provides a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and keeps families together. 


I strongly support comprehensive immigration reform that would provide a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. and the DREAM Act, which must also extend to dreamers’ families. It would also produce a huge benefit to the American economy, in which immigrants play a critical role.


We need reform that takes into account the realities of the immigrant experience, including the exploitation of immigrant labor and the role of the U.S. in destabilizing governments in Latin America. 


Something that I think often gets lost in the debate about immigration is the talent, energy, and value that immigrants, especially young immigrants like dreamers, bring to this nation. I have seen this firsthand through my work helping to start and run an immigration clinic, through my service on the board of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and by being an active member in our diverse New Mexican community that fosters and celebrates multiculturalism. New Mexico can be a model for other parts of the nation.