Unless you are Comanche, or Apache, or from another local indigenous community, you migrated here, or your family did. We are all immigrants. And we are all human.
Human beings have human rights. These are not absolute; of course, a country can regulate who comes in, and how, and under what circumstances. The United States is under no obligation to allow unfettered access to this country. We can and must impose limitations, and restrictions, on the ability of people to enter our country and become permanent members of our community.
But when a person walks across our border, he does not lose his humanity by virtue of not having the proper documentation. She does not lose her status as a mother if she did not obtain a visa in advance.
I want the United States to live up to its promise, as written on the Statue of Liberty, to care for weak, to give sanctuary to the persecuted, to provide opportunity and justice for all.
Michael McCaul thinks we should “build a wall and make Mexico pay for it.” This ridiculous and malicious idea is a waste of time and money, and will do nothing to improve the lives of Texans.
My commitment will be to ensure a fair immigration system that provides a clear path to legal status for families and individuals who contribute to Texas and this country. I will work to preserve Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and support similar programs that allow families to stay together and pursue the American Dream.
My Background: Immigration
I work as an attorney for the city of Austin, Texas, where I represent the city in litigation—mostly against the state of Texas—to protect immigrants, provide fair housing, and restrict guns at public facilities.
Most importantly, I’m the lead attorney in Austin’s fight against Texas Senate Bill 4 (SB4), working to resist hateful state polices and protect immigrant families from the brutality of deportation.
In my work on SB4, I’ve gotten to know “mixed-status” families, in which some family members are documented and some aren’t—and I’ve seen firsthand the injustice done to immigrant families in this state. Working with these proud yet terrified people—who have no voice in our politics today— inspired me to run for Congress.