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Tearing families apart? Children in cages? We are better than this.

Kelly talks about the immigration crisis on our border (3:00)



Here’s the truth: The only reason we’re locking up and deporting vulnerable people is because the guys who own those detention centers have made huge donations to politicians.

It’s sickening. It’s also a terrible waste of our tax dollars.

We are spending $750 per DAY to keep one child in detention, separated from her parents. That’s a billion dollars a year.

Imagine if we used that money to resettle these families, helped them get jobs, become tax payers and make a contribution to our communities.

Imagine what would happen if used a humanitarian approach to solving this problem, instead of a military one.

Imagine what would happen if we just stopped being so afraid.

Arizona should lead the fight for a humane approach to immigration

Guiding Principles for Immigration


1. Migration caused by violence, climate change and extreme poverty is a humanitarian crisis that needs a humanitarian – not a military – solution.

2. It is immoral to profit off of human suffering.

3. Immigrants do not threaten our way of life – they strengthen it.


Key Policy Proposals 

As governor, I will:

  1. Speak loudly and clearly into the national debate, and be an advocate for comprehensive immigration reform that includes family reunification, worker protections, and a path to citizenship for all undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.
  2. End contracts with private detention centers and/or ensure that all detention centers on our territory are a model of human rights.
  3. Ensure access for every resident in Arizona to state identification cards and drivers licenses.
  4. Reinstate in-state tuition for all Arizona high school graduates at our community colleges and public universities.
  5. Be a loud voice against the border wall.
  6. Bring home our National Guard troops.
  7. Ban our state law enforcement agencies from collaborating with ICE on any efforts to round up, detain and deport people whose only fault is that they don’t have the right paperwork yet.


“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Emma Lazarus, 1883

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