Immigration is at the core of what it means to be American. Instead of hiring 5,000 more border agents to keep people out, we should hire immigration agents to speed up the process for folks to get proper documentation so they can contribute to civil society. California can stand up to the Trump administration and supplement where our federal government is falling behind by instituting innovative progressive policy to move California forward despite where the rest of the country is headed.
I support California’s sanctuary status and I believe local law enforcement should resist federal efforts to criminalize undocumented communities. There should be a pathway to citizenship for all people, especially those who were brought to this country as children. However, one generation of immigrants should not be pit against another. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is a good short-term policy to address pressing needs, but it should be expanded. Part of DACA includes a path to citizenship if a person serves in the United States Military, but we have recently been made aware of veterans who have been deported.
The violence our nation brings to other continents is part of the reason for massive migration in the first place. Two other major causes of migration include Climate/Environmental Disasters and Poverty/Economic Opportunity. We need to address the issue of immigration as broader foreign policy, not a narrow State right’s issue.