Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Students educated in the United States are an asset and should be protected. Established in 2012, DACA protects those who entered the U.S. before they were 16 prior to 2007. Currently, the program does not provide permanent status or a path to citizenship, nor are participants eligible for federal welfare or student aid. Some 800,000 young adults are currently in limbo because the current administration has attempted to halt the program. Eliminating the program would result in participants being deported to countries they do not know and would represent a significant brain drain for the U.S.
I support protecting the program for those who meet the eligibility requirements, which include: completing high school or a GED; being honorably discharged from the armed forces or being enrolled in school; having no felony or serious misdemeanors; and not otherwise posing a threat to national security or public safety.
I strongly support creating a path to citizenship for eligible DACA participants. The have been educated in this country and are making positive contributions to their communities.
Securing Our Borders
We cannot build walls into security. The idea of walling our borders is a boondoggle and only serves to profit those who do the building. I am in full support of:
- Providing U.S. Customs and Border Protection with sufficient resources to monitor all points of entry;
- Increased use of high-tech approaches to secure borders;
- Assuring the security of border towns.