We’ve all seen the images of children separated from their parents at the border. That’s not who we are as a country. And we must fight back.
As an immigrant from Ecuador and a first-generation American, I know many of the challenges that immigrants face in this country, especially under this administration. For years, we’ve talked about fixing our broken immigration system. Now let’s finally do it by creating a path to citizenship for DREAMers, allowing TPS holders to become permanent residents, and protecting our asylum process for those who need it most, including those who have recently arrived from Venezuela and Nicaragua.
In Congress, I have fought tirelessly to close down the Homestead Detention Center for Migrant Children and ensure that those children are placed in safe environments. The facility has been a scar on our community, and we will never fully know the damage done to these children, many whom were separated from their families at the border. And I will not stop pushing until the Trump Administration again extends TPS to Venezuelans and Haitians in need.
Our history as a nation of immigrants makes us a stronger country, and our diversity is what makes South Florida so special.