I believe that we are a nation of immigrants, and that our region can benefit from a sensible and compassionate immigration policy. Immigrants are part of our social fabric and come to this region to fill important roles in every industry, including physicians who come to work at our rural hospitals, seasonal workers our farmers rely upon to bring in the harvest and across the hospitality and tourism industries.
I’m committed to fighting for immigration policies that reflect the character and decency of the people of upstate New York, which includes ending the separation of children from their families. We need to pass bipartisan legislation that brings about real, lasting solutions to our broken immigration system. At the same time, we are also a nation of laws, and just like American citizens, those who come to our country must respect and obey our laws.
Our elected representatives need to work across the aisle to pass comprehensive immigration reform that includes an attainable path to citizenship for undocumented people who are contributing to our economy and society. For the 1.3 million DREAMers and TPS holders, we need to prioritize passing a clean Dream Act.
Additionally, I do not support eliminating our Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. I support focusing on ways we can reform our agencies and pass bipartisan policies to best deal with the current realities of immigration.