I want to continue the DREAM Act, [An acronym for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors is an American legislative proposal for a multi-phase method for undocumented immigrants in the United States to be granted conditional residency and upon meeting additional qualifications, be awarded permanent residency.] legislation ensuring that our young people who want to contribute fully to our society and serve our country can become eligible to become legal residents and eventually citizens. I want to extend the promise of citizenship to those striving for freedom.
Today’s immigration laws do not mirror our values or serve our security, consequently, I will work diligently to real reform. The answer is not a massive new status of second-class workers; I know what it is like to be looked down upon from where I came from in Djibouti and I wish not the same for anyone. Undocumented immigrants in our borders who clear a background check, work hard and pay taxes should have an avenue to procure full involvement in America. I will seek to strengthen support families and apply immigration laws compassionately. I will enact legislation that will punish employers who employee undocumented workers in order to abuse and exploit them, especially female workers abused by sexual abuse. I will reject guest worker programs that lead only to exploitation. I want to close the privatized immigration confinement centers. I am well aware of the country’s history as a nation of immigrants and as an immigrant myself I have benefited from it.
To be able to stand here with you and ask for your support is an honor and I want to honor one of our most elementary values as a country by treating all people, regardless of color, race, ethnicity or place of origin, who come to the United States with dignity and respect looking for a safe home for their children and seek to welcome hospitably all immigrants. Resolving our fragmented immigration system is the just and right thing to do and, in the process, we will support families, fortify the economy and enhance our country. We must continue to work toward comprehensive immigration reform that fixes our nation’s broken immigration system, improving border security, better prioritizing enforcement, keeping families together, and strengthening our economy. I will close by saying that there is absolutely no evidence, nothing, that says Syrian refugees who have come to this country have committed any act of terrorism, absolutely no evidence for such fear mongering exists, and considering all that we have done in Syria with warfare we should open up are boundaries to more than the 11 Syrians we have admitted by April of 2018.