Helping WA01's Immigrant Communities
I spent last week back home in Washington’s first congressional district. It was important for me to celebrate the anniversary of our country’s independence by working to address one of our country’s most urgent and contentious issues: immigration.
To better understand how the current immigration system has impacted our community, I listened to the stories of dozens of immigrants who live and work in WA01. I heard from a dedicated employee whose work visa extension was denied without reason. I met a mother who was on an unnecessarily long wait list to get a work document approved. Without that document, she could not afford necessary therapies for her autistic son. I learned about the heartbreaking struggle of obtaining visas to reunite families from immigrants who experienced separation firsthand. I hosted a roundtable with Skagit Valley community members, service providers, and immigrant advocates to discuss the current administration’s wrongheaded immigration policies. I had the privilege of sitting in on citizenship classes and meeting immigrants dedicated to becoming part of our great nation. I also had the pleasure of touring Ralph’s Greenhouse in Mount Vernon, where I spoke with farm workers whose hardships with our immigration system are ongoing.
Thanks to the hard work of my casework team in Bothell, WA, many immigrants are receiving the help they need to successfully work and live in our great country. However, there are still thousands of people stuck in limbo because of a broken system that prevents people from accessing all the resources they need to successfully navigate our immigration process. I’m committed to working with my colleagues to ensure we’re fighting for comprehensive immigration reform and treating immigrants with the respect and dignity they deserve.
As always, I am here to help you. If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my Bothell office at (425) 485-0085. If you have questions or comments about the topics that matter most to you, I encourage you to contact me through my website. You may also keep up-to-date on what I’m doing by following me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.