Immigration

Our immigration plan is rooted in what is best for Texas and our nation. Our economy is stronger because of the immigrants that live in our communities. That is why my immigration plan is a sustainable approach to building an immigration system that works.

This is what MUST be done to fix our immigration system:

Pass the dream act

This will resolve the issues of DACA and provide certainty to thousands of undocumented youth and the businesses that employ them. DREAMers are among the best and brightest people in our nation. The facts are clear -- 91% of DACA recipients are employed, 100% have a clean criminal record. But those are just statistics. DACA recipients are our neighbors, our classmates, our coworkers. They serve in our military, they attend Baylor, Texas A&M, and the University of Texas.

America is stronger with them here.

roadmap to citizenship

Undocumented immigrants are part of our community and our economy. There are polarizing political figures that want us to forget just how integral immigrants are to the daily operations of this nation.

It is time to cut through all the politics and have a reasonable discussion about a fair and reasonable wait for citizenship. We must develop eligibility criteria for a transition for these 11 million people -- from application to lawful permanent residency to full citizenship.

modernize application process

We need an immigration process that takes months -- not decades! We must modernize the application process. This can be done efficiently and effectively by utilizing modern technologies to verify the identity of every applicant and ensuring they are eligible for legal immigration.

enforce labor laws

I am presenting an overhaul of our immigration system. This overhaul cannot work as long as businesses are able to get awaywith labor exploitation, wage theft, and unfit working conditions. Businesses are able to do this by relying on undocumented labor. To sure up our immigration overhaul, we must enforce the laws we have ensuring employers are following all requirements in hiring practices.