Standing Up For The Border
The U.S.-Mexico Border is a place of profound potential – a place where two peaceful nations come together and share not just a boundary, but opportunity as well. El Paso, Texas, at the center of that opportunity, is one of the crown jewels of the U.S.-Mexico Border: We are one of the safest communities in America, where families, trade, commerce and culture flow, enriching the fabric of our state and our nation. Much of what is being debated and voted on in Washington, D.C. will have a direct impact on our families and community, and it’s imperative that El Pasoans have a representative who not only understands our community, but who will stand up for our values and families as well.
As your County Judge, I was a strong, vocal advocate for El Paso – for protecting our economy, touting our international location, and debunking the myths told about our community. If given the privilege to be your Congresswoman, I will continue to do this.
Protecting and Expanding our Economy
Every year, $90 billion of trade comes across our ports of entry, making cross-border trade one of the most important components of our local economy. One of four jobs in El Paso is a result of trade, and the purchasing power of our neighbors positively impacts innumerable small and large businesses locally. While NAFTA had an initial devastating impact on El Paso, increasing our unemployment rate and sending our local economy reeling, El Paso re-tooled and took advantage of our strategic international location in order to benefit as much as possible from free-trade. Border tariffs and the dismantling of NAFTA pose a significant threat to our local jobs and economy.
I will work hard to defeat efforts to implement border tariffs, I will defend the gains made through trade, and if NAFTA is re-negotiated, I will work to ensure that we expand protections for workers, local businesses and the environment. I plan to open an Office of Border Economic and Public Policy and work with other leaders to continue to grow jobs and raise incomes for El Paso’s hard-working families.
Supporting Immigration Reform
El Paso is an example of the values America was founded on. We are compassionate and welcoming; we are a community that takes care of the most vulnerable among us; and, we respect the hard-working men and women who make our communities better. The demonization of migrants who seek a better life and the talk of building taller walls does nothing to get to the root of a broken immigration system. It is long past time that this country finally reforms the laws that make hard-working individuals live in the shadows, pushes out educated immigrants, and refuses to honor the talents and labor of non-citizens who make our country stronger.
I will push for comprehensive immigration reform – applying sensible public policy that acknowledges the realities of undocumented immigration and the injustices of our outdated laws, protects our DREAMERs, and recognizes the benefits of an educated workforce. Thoughtful immigration reform not only makes our country safer, but makes us more competitive as well.
Protecting the Environment
As County Judge, County Commissioner, and as a private citizen, I worked to honor our environment, celebrate our natural resources, and highlight the ecotourism opportunities we have as a community. I will work with other environmental advocates to preserve Castner Range and to honor the beauty and majesty of our environment.