Rep. Clarke's Partners with Anti-Obama Representative Darrell Issa

From Feb. 2018

Congresswoman Clarke announced the launch of a Smart City Caucus that she will co-chair with Darrell Issa.

Of all the people to reach out to across the aisle, Darrell Issa might be one of the worst choices imaginable for Rep. Clarke, and she should know better than to align herself with him.

This is a man who proudly boasted of using his Congressional Office to undermine Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign; shut off Rep. Elijah Cummings's microphone to silence him in Oversight Committee hearings; and called President Obama 'one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times. 

In the era of Trump, we need Democrats who fight tooth and nail for our values, not pander to right-wing extremists like Issa who helped Trump get elected in the first place.

We Need Action on Bail Reform Now

From Feb. 2018

We need action on the recently introduced Bail Fairness Act of 2018, which would reform bail by ending cash bail for misdemeanors. As your Representative, I will fight to end needless incarceration that primarily harms low income and minority communities.

Bail is only one of the ways that our criminal justice system is broken, but it's one we can fix. Day after day, countless young people - convicted of no crime - sit in jail cells only because they can't afford bail. That's wrong. We know the tragedy of Kalief Browder; we see it continuing every day. And the only way it changes is with a new Congressmember who fights for our community, demands action, and gets things done.

The Bail Fairness Act of 2018 was introduced in the House of Representatives last month. It aims to encourage states to end cash bail for misdemeanors and create avenues for misdemeanor charges to be dropped, such as completing a mental health diversion program, a drug/alcohol rehabilitation program, a community program, or a different program that is age and crime appropriate.

Bail reform is gaining momentum across the country. Several states, including New Jersey, Kentucky, and Alaska, have recently ended cash bail for misdemeanors. Within New York City, Manhattan and Brooklyn are the only boroughs that are no longer seeking bail in misdemeanor cases.

Here in Brooklyn, some of our leaders get it, and I'm glad that our District Attorney no longer requests cash bail in these cases. But in Congress, Yvette Clarke has been absent on this issue; she hasn't said anything, done anything, or even co-sponsored the bill. As the next Congressmember for this District, I'm not going to stay silent or wait around. I will work every day to improve the lives of everyone who calls this district home.

Trump Administration Proposes NYCHA Funding Cuts

From Feb. 2018

The Trump Administration's proposed 2019 budget includes significant cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which will directly impact the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). 

New York City is barely maintaining an acceptable standard of living for the most vulnerable people in our community. Now, President Trump is proposing deeper cuts to those already living on the margins of society. When it comes to affordable housing, we are in full-blown crisis mode. Suitable housing is a human right, and we must do better than this.

NYCHA has been on the brink of collapse for years and Yvette Clarke's spokesperson recently said she's been 'an advocate on critical issues.' Affordable housing is one of the most important issues facing our community and New York City, and she has failed to deliver for the people who are getting pushed out of their neighborhoods with no place to go. We need a leader in Congress who will actually be an advocate for all of us. As your next Representative, I will not stand by as the Trump Administration attacks New Yorkers.

Fighting Trump on Immigration

ICE HAS GONE TOO FAR

Sweeping ICE raids are tearing our nation apart. The current administration is giving law enforcement a pass on treating people with basic human dignity based on documentation. 

Our friends and neighbors are living in fear that they won't be able to ride the bus, go to school, or do any other number of mundane things the rest of us take for granted as we go through our day. 

This is not ok. 

Elie Wiesel, writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor once said, "WE MUST ALWAYS TAKE SIDES. NEUTRALITY HELPS THE OPPRESSOR, NEVER THE VICTIM."

No one should be treated subhuman no matter the color of their skin, their country of origin, or the documents they carry. NYC is a sanctuary city. We must hold tight to our values, and lead the way in protecting human rights. 

 

WE NEED A DEAL ON DACA NOW!

I'm a first-generation American. My parents came to America as refugees from Uganda during the civil war. I believe that all any parent wants is for their children to be somewhere safe so they can provide a stable home for their family. Children don't get to decide where they're from. For them, home is just where they are. This is one of the many reasons I feel DACA is non-negotiable

America has spoken, this is a moral and social issue that a majority of us agree on. We've all heard the stats - 86% of Americans support keeping DACA in place.

People who came here as children have done their part, they are contributing to this country - the only place they've ever called home. America is their home. It's as much their home as it is mine. They are Americans, and I believe they deserve a direct path to citizenship.

If I was an elected official, I'd be willing to lose my job over support for this issue. There is no middle ground here. We must have the courage to do the right thing. 

 

BANNING CHAIN MIGRATION IS CODE FOR KEEPING FAMILIES APART 

The Trump administration has been throwing around the term 'chain migration' as something they want to get rid of under immigration reform. Really what this means is they want to keep families apart. The current administration is saying that no matter how you get here, as a refugee, a skilled worker, through a lottery, you can't bring your loved ones. 

My father fled a war-torn nation to start a new life in America. He sought refuge to build a better life for his family. My mother waited 5 years to be reunited with him while her village was ravaged by civil war. It is unthinkable to imagine my father leaving my mother behind with no hope for the future.

People come to this country in pursuit of happiness -  with hope for the future, with dreams of a better life. What's the point of all that if you can't share it with the people you love?

If we want America to lead the world as a beacon of hope for people across the globe we have to consider family values as a vital part of immigration reform. We need to have the courage to do the right thing when it comes to immigration. Families need to be together. 

Trump ends TPS status for Haitian refugees; Fighting for a pathway to citizenship

The current administration's morally bankrupt decision to end TPS for Haitians is devastating for the people of NYC and for people across America. 

I know first-hand the hope people seeking asylum and disaster relief bring to this country. My parents came to this country under political asylum from a war-torn nation.  They sacrificed and worked hard to make a brighter future for their American born children and managed to send all of us to college. Today, I couldn't be more proud of my family as I run for elected office. Thousands of families across our district have done the same, raising thriving members of our society that create prosperity for the country as a whole.

It is unconscionable to kick 60,000 Haitians out of the country after they've been welcomed to plant roots for their families here. Haiti is still facing economic and political difficulties and a raging cholera epidemic.

These people have set up lives here, some have had families here - American born children. We cannot tear these families apart. We cannot go back on promises that make America the land of opportunity. We need a pathway to citizenship for all refugees in the US.