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All immigrants deserve to be treated with dignity – in our communities and under the law. President Trump’s hateful family separation policy and cruel immigration policies have created deep-seeded fear and harm in our country, including in Florida’s 23rd district.

Members of my community represent a diverse background of immigration experiences, and many have experienced prejudice and discrimination due to their immigration status or home country of origin. In a political environment with rising xenophobic rhetoric and policy, I remain committed to fixing our immigration system. This includes providing a pathway to citizenship, fair treatment under the law, and extending protections for DREAMers, Temporary Protected Status holders, and refugees.

There is significant harm to repair in our country when it comes to ensuring that immigrants are treated with dignity, and I am committed to addressing that harm while also proactively advancing immigration reforms that offer new solutions.

I have sponsored and co-sponsored legislation to protect DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and TPS recipients; prevent information sharing between Department of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services that impedes the sponsorship of unaccompanied migrant youth; protect immigrants from legal exploitation; reunited separated families; provide protections for detained immigrants; and prohibit discrimination in higher education against undocumented students.

I will continue to fight for justice and equality for all immigrants in South Florida.

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