IMMIGRATION REFORM AND A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP
- We need a path to citizenship for legal residents and new arrivals
- We must protect New York’s status as a Sanctuary State
- I support measures such as censure and funding cuts for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) if the agency’s oppressive behavior continues
As the daughter of an immigrant, this is an issue very close to my heart. More than that, I believe it is a core part of the American experience. My father was born and raised in Egypt, but relocated halfway around the world to pursue the American Dream in Grand Island, NY, where he married, started a business, and raised his family. This is a story mirrored in the family histories of millions more Americans, some removed from that process by a few generations, some in the midst of it right now. To turn our backs on immigrants is to turn our backs on America itself, and the best of what it stands for. Western New York has a particularly vibrant history of immigrant communities going back more than a century. It’s one of the things I love best about this place. As your elected representative in Albany, I will be unafraid to speak up for immigrant communities.