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