Issue Position: Immigration
America is a nation of immigrants. That is our legacy and our history. For so long, individuals from around the globe have fled poverty, violence and oppression to seek better lives in this country. As a person whose ancestors immigrated to the United States from Scotland and Germany to give their families and succeeding generations the opportunity for economic equality, I believe in compassionate and humane treatment of immigrants and immigrant workers. I'm proud that San Francisco has been a sanctuary city for nearly two decades, which means that undocumented immigrants can get access to essential services - such as reporting crime to police or contacting the fire department - without worry about revealing their status and risking deportation.
Nationally, I oppose the militarization of the U.S./Mexico border, and the funding of ICE and other governmental agencies that terrorize immigrants. All undocumented immigrants, whether employed or not, should have a swift and expedited path to legalization in the form of Green Cards. Immigrant workers should have the right to join unions regardless of their legal status. I believe the Guest Worker programs introduced in recent years, with bipartisan support, are designed to make indentured servants out of our brothers and sisters from Mexico, Central and South America. They only benefit employers unwilling to pay living wages or benefits to employees.