Protecting DREAMers and DED holders

Our immigration policy as a country is badly broken, and it’s only getting worse. Max believes Republicans and Democrats should work together to reform all aspects of our immigration policy including providing a pathway for children brought here through no fault of their own and immigration enforcement. Max believes we can and must do all of this while securing our borders. He supports Congress passing comprehensive immigration reform. Until it does, he believes that it’s critical, for public safety, economic, and humanitarian reasons, that cities like New York be able to protect law-abiding members of our society—DREAMers and others. Max is a cosponsor of the Dream and Promise Act to protect DREAMers and was proud to vote to pass it in the House.

Protecting refugees through Temporary Protected Status is also vital, as these are people who have fled war and natural disasters. America continues to be a beacon of hope in a dark world by giving temporary refuge in America to those most in need. Our district is home to a vibrant community of Liberians who are here under Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status. After Max called on the President to extend the DED program to prevent thousands of Liberians living lawfully in the United States from imminent deportation, President Trump agreed and approved them to remain in the U.S. 

Fighting the Muslim Ban

Our community is a diverse one and the immigrants who live in our district are hardworking Americans. Max opposes the Travel Ban which targeted Muslims and left translators and intelligence sources in danger. The United States of America should never abandon our allies in the fight against terrorism. Max helped lead the charge to repeal the discriminatory anti-Muslim Travel Ban. In July of 2020, the House of Representatives passed with bipartisan support the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act. The legislation, which Max cosponsored and fought to bring to the floor, would repeal the President’s existing executive order blocking travel from several Muslim-majority countries and prevent another baseless, discriminatory travel ban from happening again.

Conducting rigorous oversight of American border efforts

As a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Max helps oversee our response to asylum seekers coming to the U.S.- Mexico border. Max personally visited the border as part of his efforts to oppose family separation and ensure the humane treatment of migrants. There are clearly flaws with our current immigration system and we need to find a policy that protects American citizens and while respecting the dignity of migrant asylum seekers. There needs to be bipartisan legislation that ensures the protection of law-abiding immigrants and secures the southern border as both are needed. Max believes we must secure our borders and protect Americans from those who plan to cause harm. We should also recognize that immigrants are part of the fabric of this great country and we should not punish those who wanted a better life for themselves and their families. We need to pass common-sense immigration reform.