As the son of immigrants, immigration reform is an issue close to my heart. Immigration is a complex problem and it is time for a comprehensive approach to reform. Our current immigration system is broken, and it must be fixed. For too long, extremes on either side of the aisle have discouraged real and meaningful discussion regarding immigration. I believe it is time to act on this pressing issue. It is the responsibility of those in Congress to implement fair and balanced legal immigration policies while still respecting the rule of law.
We should recognize the importance of family in American society and acknowledge the danger of removing the main breadwinner in a household simply because of their legal status. Rather than targeting workplaces and separating families, we should equip law enforcement with the tools to find and remove the undocumented immigrants who have committed serious crimes.
Another important aspect of immigration is developing a proposal which includes useful reform for the agriculture industry and farm workers alike. As you know, many industries in the Central Valley rely heavily on immigrant labor. Developing a guest worker program that will enable access to a reliable workforce is crucial to the stability of our local agricultural economy.