Our immigration system is outdated, convoluted, and failing to meet the needs of our district. A clear, legal pathway to citizenship is essential to support immigrants who come to this country.

I was proud to cosponsor H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act. This legislation would provide a path to citizenship for Dreamers and those with Temporary Protected Status. The Dream and Promise Act will allow young people brought here as children to come out of the shadows and gain access to key institutions – like higher education, health care and the labor force – so that they may even further contribute to the fabric of American society.

Throughout my time in Congress, I have spoken against abuses of immigrant children and advocated to keep their families intact while they await a hearing on their immigration or asylum claims.

No less importantly, I supported visa reform that would support seasonal workers in Connecticut’s Fifth District who provide healthy, fresh, local food to our families and neighbors.

I will continue to support reforms that provide a clear, legal, and humane path to citizenship for immigrants.