Support immigration reform that’s humane, offers a path to legal status, and promotes personal responsibility.
My grandfather, Lonjino Rodriguez Sanchez came to the US without documentation from Mexico in 1912. He became a citizen in 1969, one year before he passed away. During his many years as an undocumented worker he fathered 27 US citizen children here. The family travelled as migrant farm workers, providing essential agricultural services across the US and living in harsh conditions, even facing starvation at times in winter. Most of his descendants became grandparents and great grandparents and the majority of my extended family lives in Ellis County today.
Immigration is central to my story, my family is central to the American story, and I am a believer in the American Dream.
Demand term limits, campaign finance reform, and an end to partisan gerrymandering.
The power of incumbency, which is reenforced by taxpayer funds, must be eliminated in order to begin to bring about true citizen representation.
I will push hard for Congressional term limits — three two-year terms for the House of Representatives and two six-year terms for the US Senate. If term limits are not adopted into law, I will abide by these limits nonetheless. I will serve no more than three two-year terms in the House.
Our parents and grandparents paid their contributions to Social Security for their entire working lives, and they should be guaranteed the right to collect on it in retirement. We have to be a society that takes care of its elderly and where people do not struggle for basic subsistence after having worked their full lives. Although Social Security was meant to be a supplement to other pensions, many working poor and even middle class people have not been able to save enough and live only on Social Security in their final years. This must remain a safety net for our parents and grandparents. In order to prevent insolvency, there are two things we must do. Click here to read more.
We need to stop sending people to prison for non-violent infractions and stop the criminalization of poverty.
About 90 percent of the prison population is in state and local systems, but there is absolutely a role for the federal government in criminal justice reform.
We need comprehensive criminal justice reform across the nation to include the following points – before, during and after incarceration takes place:
- Decriminalize poverty: Implement bail reform and increase funding for indigent defense to improve access to fair trials.
- Eliminate all harsh sentencing and mandatory minimums for non-violent offenses and funnel non-violent drug offenders into mental health and substance abuse programs
- Increase career training and coaching to improve rehabilitation rates and decrease the chances that they reoffend.
Federal government block grants which favor states that implement smart ideas for reform would go a long way. All of these ideas will ultimately save money for tax payers, improve the availability of workforce for businesses, and result in more prosperity for society as a whole.