DeFranco is the only candidate willing to tell the whole truth on immigration. She is the candidate who has concrete and real ideas for true reform and the expertise to back it up. Her reform is not the big money, big corporate giveaway that is the “gang of eight” bill. It encompasses what is good for our safety while keeping alive the promise of immigration that is the very heritage of our country.
Marisa DeFranco’s grandparents and great grandparents came from Sicily and Italy with very few resources yet they successsfully pursued, and realized, their American Dreams. Their children, her parents, became a doctor and a nurse and built their medical practice from nothing and raised six children, all of whom became successful in their fields. Her husband Kai’s family fled Communist China and built their laundry business from few resources, and yet sent all seven of their children to college. Both Marisa and Kai are grateful every single day that their families immigrated to America. She loves that in immigration, in her job, she gets to help people achieve their American Dream every single day.
Yet, the U.S. government is not honoring our rich history as a nation of immigrants and is not ensuring the security of borders and the sovereignty of our laws. We must do all three if we are to truly fix and reform our immigration system. Both parties want votes and cheap labor and they are willing to sell us out to the highest bidder, once again making a farce of immigration reform. Here is what real reform would look like:
- Implement Serious Fines on Employers Violating the Law
- Increase Border and Port Security
- Path to Legalization, Not Citizenship
- Repeal the 3 and 10 Year Bars to Re-Entry. Replace it with a 2-4 Year Bar
- Create Essential Worker Visa similar to current seasonal worker visa