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Commonsense Immigration Reform

We’re a nation of immigrants. Our diversity is what makes us stronger, as a country. We come from all walks of life, descendants of those who came to the United States in search of a better life. Throughout our history, our nation has succeeded because it's built on the American Dream: no matter who you are or where you’re from, if you’re determined and work hard, you can get ahead.

I’m fed up with our leaders in Washington—Donald Trump and his enablers in Congress like Rep. Lee Zeldin— who are stoking fears and dividing us, rather than bringing us together.

Just as Washington is broken, so is our immigration system. Instead of jumping up and down and pointing fingers, it’s time Congress rolled up its sleeves and got to work. We need real, commonsense immigration reform that’s true to our American values: tough on border security and workplace enforcement, fair to American taxpayers, and rooted in practical solutions to find realistic and lasting ways to restore the rule of law. Our path forward on immigration reform must focus on keeping families together and implementing policies that grow our economy, create jobs, and encourage innovation.

Instead of the denigrating actions and rhetoric against immigrants spearheaded by Trump, we must treat all people with respect. That means a tough but fair path to earned citizenship for those who work hard and play by the rules. But at the same time, we must secure our borders, protect our national security, and hold businesses that traffic in illegal immigration, accountable.

It’s outrageous that Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress refuse to act on the Dream Act. These young people grew up in the United States, they are a positive contributor to our economy, and they should have a path to permanent residency and eventually citizenship. Members of both parties agree that these hard-working young people should be able to contribute fully to the country they have built their lives in. Additionally, the cancellation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadorans is both unfair and inhumane - we must an immigration solution that is comprehensive. It’s time to act.

“It's time Long Island had a strong voice to fight for high-paying jobs, affordable health care, high-quality education and clean air and water.”Perry GershonCandidate for Congress, NY-1