Immigration

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My opponent, Mimi Walters, has not only endorsed Donald Trump and his outrageous policies, but has also supported him since before the Republican convention. She supported YES on building a fence along the Mexican border (Secure Fence Act; Bill H R 6061). Walters supported NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers (Bill introduced by Smith, R-TX.; Bill HR 3736). Walters is not standing up for WE the People. She is working for her Wall Street and Billionaire Class campaign contributors. See which industries are Walters' largest contributors here!

Walters’ Voting/Support Record:

  • YES on building a fence along the Mexican border (Secure Fence Act; Bill H R 6061)
  • NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers (Bill introduced by Smith, R-TX.; Bill HR 3736)
  • NOT standing up for WE the People

Varasteh’s Congressional Pledge:

  • Crack down on employers hiring the undocumented illegally and enforce eVerify
  • Comprehensive Immigration reform, DREAM Act, temporary migrant working visas
  • Standing up for WE the People
  • Not for sale

"The Wall"

There is no need to bankrupt our country by building a costly, ineffective fortress on our border and spending billions of dollars on enforcement. Life appears to be better on this side of the border than it does on the other side. As long as there are employers in the United States who are willing to continue to hire illegally, there will be people who are willing to risk it all to be here.

If we crack down by severely punishing employers that hire the undocumented illegally, this problem would literally go away, almost overnight. In other words, if there are no jobs for those lacking documentation to work here, those folks could not continue to sustain their existence here without earning any income for themselves and their families.

No need to spend billion on fences or “the great wall of America” to keep them out. No need to spend billions on more border patrol to catch them. We only need to spend a little on agents that randomly check on suspect employers and the penalties charged per violation can pay for this.

In essence, this can be accomplished at no cost to the taxpayers. This I believe is the most efficient use of our taxpayers’ money to repair our immigration problem. If some employers cannot find folks in our country to do their jobs, then there is nothing wrong with creating temporary migrant working visas. In fact, we already have such laws on the books, but many employers prefer not following protocol by paying less and abusing the undocumented.

My opponent, Mimi Walters, has not only endorsed Donald Trump and his outrageous policies, but has also supported him since before the Republican convention. She supported YES on building a fence along the Mexican border (Secure Fence Act; Bill H R 6061). Walters supported NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers (Bill introduced by Smith, R-TX.; Bill HR 3736). Walters is not standing up for WE the People. She is working for her Wall Street and Billionaire Class campaign contributors. See which industries are Walters' largest contributors here!

Walters’ Voting/Support Record:

  • YES on building a fence along the Mexican border (Secure Fence Act; Bill H R 6061)
  • NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers (Bill introduced by Smith, R-TX.; Bill HR 3736)
  • NOT standing up for WE the People

Varasteh’s Congressional Pledge:

  • Crack down on employers hiring the undocumented illegally and enforce eVerify
  • Comprehensive Immigration reform, DREAM Act, temporary migrant working visas
  • Standing up for WE the People
  • Not for sale

Immigration Reform / Dream Act / Migrant Visas

Although Trump, my opponent, and many other Republican politicians seem to enjoy fear-mongering about immigration, the fact is that we don't even have an immigration "problem." Actually, for several years now, more people have been leaving America than immigrating here due to the economic downturn.

There is no need to bankrupt our country by building a costly, ineffective fortress on our border and spending billions of dollars on enforcement. All we need to do is enact a comprehensive immigration reform bill which includes a pathway to citizenship for the millions of hard-working, taxpaying immigrants who have already been living in America for a certain period of time.

Thereafter, any new immigrants that arrive in America won't be able to work unless they have a proper visa, and any employers that hire workers without a proper visa will be subject to criminal penalties. This will not only prevent undocumented immigrants from taking jobs away from Americans, but will also ensure that employers don't abuse undocumented workers.

After all, we have to face the fact that many employers hire undocumented workers in order to pay them less and avoid providing employees with benefits or a safe working environment. These illegal labor practices not only violate the dignity of our fellow human beings, but also lead to a "race-to-the-bottom" which degrades everyone's labor conditions.

As such, by putting the onus on employers to check their employee's immigration status, we can cut down on enforcement costs and ensure that all employees in America enjoy a healthy and dignified work environment.

Of course, there will still be some employers who will continue to abuse the system, so additional safeguards must be put in place. In particular, immigration reform must include whistleblower protections for people who report illegal labor practices.

None of these ideas are radical or new, and there is a consensus among both parties that we need to undertake immigration reform as soon as possible. We owe it to our country and to the millions of undocumented workers who have been contributing to our economy, our communities, and our tax base for decades.   

As your congressman, I will work with both sides of the aisle to pass comprehensive immigration reform which will put all these ideas into practice. In this regard, the DREAM Act provides an excellent model we can use to draft legislation that will finally address these issues. In doing so, we will reaffirm our country's reputation for welcoming hard-working immigrants, raise everyone's labor standards, and restore dignity to American workers of all races.  If some employers cannot find folks in our country to do their jobs, then there is nothing wrong with creating temporary migrant working visas. In fact, we already have such laws on the books, but many employers prefer not following protocol by paying less and abusing the undocumented.

My opponent, Mimi Walters, has not only endorsed Donald Trump and his outrageous policies, but has also supported him since before the Republican convention. She supported YES on building a fence along the Mexican border (Secure Fence Act; Bill H R 6061). Walters supported NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers (Bill introduced by Smith, R-TX.; Bill HR 3736). Walters is not standing up for WE the People. She is working for her Wall Street and Billionaire Class campaign contributors. See which industries are Walters' largest contributors here!

Walters’ Voting/Support Record:

  • YES on building a fence along the Mexican border (Secure Fence Act; Bill H R 6061)
  • NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers (Bill introduced by Smith, R-TX.; Bill HR 3736)
  • NOT standing up for WE the People

Varasteh’s Congressional Pledge:

  • Crack down on employers hiring the undocumented illegally and enforce eVerify
  • Comprehensive Immigration reform, DREAM Act, temporary migrant working visas
  • Standing up for WE the People
  • Not for sale

Refugees

For years, I have been saying that we need to focus most of our energy on domestic affairs and very little in our affairs with other nations. Russia, western European nations, and the United States have all contributed to mid-east conflicts for decades. The revolution/civil-war in Syria has been our latest involvement; yet another nation that we feel we must get ourselves involved in. I feel the United States is now partly responsible for creating the mess there and I feel that as a civilized member of the community of nations in good standing, we must play our part to address the exodus of refugees from the affected areas in Syria.

What began as peaceful protest turned into chaos with a number of warring factions and foreign nations embroiled in the conflict. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have died in the conflict and even more have been displaced. We must address the humanitarian crisis created by the war.

Since 2011, the war has killed an estimated 250,000 Syrians and displaced almost 50% of the Syrian population — an estimated 6 million people are internally displaced within the country and 4 million people have fled the country to become refugees.

I oppose Republican-led efforts to block Syrian refugees from coming to the America. I say USA, Europe, and the Persian Gulf states have a moral obligation to welcome Syrian refugees who in many cases are fleeing their country with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. At the same time, we must provide humanitarian aid to countries bordering Syria that have been accepting refugees.

My opponent, Mimi Walters, has not only endorsed Donald Trump and his outrageous policies, but has also supported him since before the Republican convention. She supported YES on building a fence along the Mexican border (Secure Fence Act; Bill H R 6061). Walters supported NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers (Bill introduced by Smith, R-TX.; Bill HR 3736). Walters is not working for WE the People. Instead, she is working for her Wall Street and Billionaire Class campaign contributors. See which industries are Walters' largest contributors here!

Walters’ Voting/Support Record:

  • YES on building a fence along the Mexican border (Secure Fence Act; Bill H R 6061)
  • NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers (Bill introduced by Smith, R-TX.; Bill HR 3736)
  • NOT standing up for WE the People

Varasteh’s Congressional Pledge:

  • Crack down on employers hiring the undocumented illegally and enforce eVerify
  • Comprehensive Immigration reform, DREAM Act, temporary migrant working visas
  • Standing up for WE the People
  • Not for sale