David Richardson

Immigration

In Miami, we live every day with the effects of Trump's backward immigration policies. I will hold Donald Trump accountable for using ICE as an unlawful deportation squad and fight to reform our immigration system into one with a pathway to citizenship.

I’ve fought for the rights of immigrants all throughout my six years in the State Legislature. Miami has one of the highest immigrant populations in the country, and we also have one of the highest levels of ICE raids. I’ve met with DACA recipients and their families to help rebuild trust between these communities and our political system after the destructive election of Donald Trump and a Republican Congress. 

Republicans are afraid of immigrants because diversity is a threat to their power. They want to build walls, put an end to legal immigration, and take away the Temporary Protected Status for individuals including those from Haiti and El Salvador. In Congress, I vow to return us to our fundamental American values: we are a nation of immigrants, and we treat those who come to this country with dignity and respect.

Policy Priorities:

  1. Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform that includes a pathway to citizenship which will expand opportunity and grow our economy. It will end the unjust treatment of the undocumented and streamline the visa application process.
  2. Support DACA and DAPA through act of Congress. I agree with President Obama that we have a moral obligation to support those who come to this country, commit no violent crimes, and build a better life for themselves and their families. He tried to protect Dreamers and undocumented folks with executive orders, but the only way we can protect immigrant rights from Donald Trump is by getting a bill through the House and Senate. I will support legislation that formalizes the protections offered in DACA and DAPA.
  3. Abolish ICE. Not only has President Trump rapidly increased ICE’s budget and decreased its recruiting standards, he has also turned a blind eye to the agency wrongfully detaining and deporting American citizens. I worked for years as a forensic auditor uncovering financial crimes, and I’ll work in Congress to call attention to ICE’s crimes and shut the agency down.

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