Dr. Helen Horvath

FOR CONGRESS, 50TH DISTRICT

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FEC Candidate ID:  C00717207

(c) 2019 authorized and paid for by Helen Horvath for Congress.

2127 Arnold Way, Ste 2311

Alpine, CA 91901

Phone:  619-249-1393

Email:  horvathcampaign@gmail.com

PLATFORM -

IMMIGRATION AND

BORDER SECURITY 

America was built by the contributions of immigrants, and our diversity only adds to the greatness of this country. As your Congressional Representative, I will advocate for comprehensive immigration reform that treats immigrants fairly while providing them a clear path to earned citizenship.  This will be accomplished  through improved and strengthened immigration reform legislation. 

As a marriage and family therapist, I have worked in a local federal immigration holding facility providing mental health and adjustment support to the separated minors.  I have seen the immigration issue from both sides of the coin - the undocumented alien and the financial impact to the federal, state, and local government budgets in the enforcement of the current immigration policies. 

 

The media shows us images of individuals who are detained.  This creates, at times, a national crisis of conscious over immigration and those not authorized to be in the United States permanently. Yet, those unauthorized migrants create a unique set of concerns for internal border security that expands the need to address the criminal elements associated with illegal immigration.  There are crimes associated with the illegals, according to the interim director of Homeland Security, that are tied to drug cartels and other criminal organizations.  Examples include sale of fraudulent social security numbers, birth certificates, and military personnel who are brought into human smuggling.

 

It is time to strengthen our borders, create 100% accountability, visibility and transparency for all border security issues such as staffing of immigration holding facilities, implementation of new border security technology, border pollution, criminal elements, and family separation issues within the current laws.  This will take a legislative change to federal regulations.  As the 50th District Representative, I will accomplish this and more.  We need to stop unauthorized entry in the back country and secure our borders.

Asylum is a human right – there is a formal process for asylum seekers.  The immigration reform has created more barriers to asylum seekers.  These include filing deadlines, summary deportation procedures that send an asylum seeker back to their country of origin, and mandatory detention for certain aliens.  After 23 years, as we have a global refugee crisis,  the inefficiency of the Immigration Reform Act has created barriers for asylum seekers in some dangerous situations globally. 

 

  1. We need legislative reform to eliminate the onerous barriers undermining the efficiency of the US Asylum System.

  2. Expedited removals – when the immigration officer determines the asylum seekers eligibility – should be eliminated by statute and used sparingly until the laws are modified.

  3. Investment in necessary staff and resources to assure fair and timely Adjudication by the Asylum Division and Immigration Courts. 

  4. Address the backlogs and delays through innovation and modified legislation.

 

Non-asylum immigration.

  1. Employment based migration instead of chain migration or the stake theory in immigration where a family member already lives in the US so everyone else should be afforded entry.

  2. Utilize economic and employment needs within the nation for specific skills and non-skilled positions such as our current national shortfall of trades and non-college related skills to prioritize immigration while removing per country quotas.

  3. Expansion of the H-1B high skills visa program and overhaul the H-2A (agricultural non-immigrant) and H-2B (non-agricultural and nonimmigrant classification) temporary visa worker programs. 

  4. Ensure that Homeland Security and ICE are fully funded to sustain and expand internal and border security.

  5. Utilize refugee resettlement options based upon international treaties tied to a modified immigration reform and background checks.

  6. Resolve “Dreamer” illegal immigration issues through appropriate legislation.