Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
"[C]alifornia stands poised to tackle immigration detention through a bill we introduced earlier this year, which now sits a signature away from becoming state law. Senate Bill 1289, the Dignity Not Detention Act, would make it unlawful for California and local municipalities to enter into immigration detention contracts with private prison corporations. It would also ensure better treatment for those in facilities across the state and provide extra protections for LGBTQ-identifying immigrants...
Many of these immigrants are refugees or asylum seekers whose only option for survival was to embark on the perilous trek to the United States. Rather than profiting from their suffering, California can take a decidedly humane approach, one that treats immigrants with dignity and does not involve California as an accomplice in their abuse."
Cowritten with Grisel Ruiz and Christina Fialho, "California Has the Opportunity to Lead the Nation with Dignity, Not Detention," ocregister.com, Sep. 16, 2016
Experts Immigration officials, people with post-graduate degrees in fields relevant to immigration issues, Members of Congress, or elected officials with significant involvement in, or related to, immigration issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
California State Senator (D), 33rd Legislative District, 2013-present
Chair, California Senate Appropriations Committee
Member, California Legislative LGBT Caucus
Recipient, Citizen of the Year Award, National Association for Bilingual Education, 2014
Chair, California Latino Legislative Caucus, 2013-2014
Recipient, Harvey Milk Champions of Change Award, the White House, 2013
Member, California State Assembly, 50th Assembly District, 2010-2012
Member, Los Angeles Planning Commission, 2009-2010
Communications Director, California State Assembly, Jan. 2008-Nov. 2010
District Director, Office of Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, May 2006-Dec. 2008
EML (Executive Master of Leadership), University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy, 2010