My grandmother immigrated here from Mexico when she was seven years old.
One of my strongest memories is my grandmother telling me about coming to this country as a child after being separated from her dying mother.
Even as a seventy-year-old woman, when she recounted those moments, she would cry like the seven-year-old girl she was when it happened, sobbing that she never got to say goodbye.
I see her image in the children at our borders today.
As a candidate for President of the United States, her memory guides how I think about many issues — most notably, our immigration policy.
Donald Trump’s immigration agenda — from his cruel separation of children from their parents at our borders, to the discriminatory and reckless Muslim ban — abandons the motto our founders inscribed on our seal—E pluribus unum, “out of many, one.”
Protecting our borders and treating immigrants with compassion are not mutually exclusive. It’s time we recognize the most important part of our immigration system—people.
That’s why this morning I unveiled my People First Immigration Policy to reflect the collective values that we all share — equality, fairness, justice, and compassion.
This policy is bold and extensive, but here’s a snapshot of what my People First plan would do: