My opponent Bob Rommel was co-sponsor of CS/HB9 that banned sanctuary cities in Florida.
Children born here of undocumented individuals automatically become citizens but they grow up living in daily fear that a parent could be deported at any time. Temporary visas can be withdrawn, and have been, at the whimsy of the President – even after decades of contributing to our society as professionals and employers. DACA students are trying to complete their education but face an uncertain future.
In a country of immigrants we need to find a way to support our neighbors who risked everything and fled oppressive countries to find a better life. Immigrants bring diversity that contributes to our culture and in SWFL they are the backbone of many professions and business economies. Providing legal status should be a start to a path to citizenship.