From its establishment in colonial days through our present day, the United States has stood as “a beacon of hope” and a “shining city on a hill.” Generations of individuals and families have emigrated from foreign lands to live, work, and worship, blessed by the freedoms and opportunities offered in this great nation. Immigration reform should strengthen families and keep them together. Governments and their leaders are responsible for seeking rational and compassionate solutions.

In Congress, I will seek to legislate for immigrants. This includes legislation based on the previously introduced: 

  • DREAM Act of 2017 (For those under age 18)

  • Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (For those over age 18)


Future legislation based on the DREAM Act of 2017 would allow for permanent residence and a path to citizenship for children of undocumented immigrants IF: 

  1. They arrived in the United States as children 

  2. Get a High school degree or its equivalent 

  3. Pass a background check

  4. Pass an English proficiency test

  5. Have no criminal background

Future legislation based on the Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, initially introduced by Senate Republicans and Democrats, would allow for: 

  1. Increase border security by adding up to 40,000 border patrol agents

  2. Advanced talent-based immigration through a points-based immigration system

  3. New Visas, including a visa for entrepreneurs and a W visa for lower-skilled workers

  4. New restrictions on H1B visa program to prevent its abuse and additional visas/green-cards for students with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees from United States institutions

  5. $1.5 billion for a youth jobs program

  6. Repeal of the Diversity Visa Lottery, in favor of prospective legal immigrants who are already in the United States

According to the Congressional Budget Office, if passed, this bill would have reduced the United States Fiscal deficit by $197 billion over the next ten years, and by $700 Billion by 2033, while the Social Security Administration estimated over $276 billion in revenue over the next ten years with a $33 billion cost.