Congresswoman Sanchez’ parents came to this country speaking almost no English, and without much money in their pockets. They worked hard and raised a family of seven. Their story is the quintessential American story. For Loretta, immigration reform is about upholding traditional American values that include keeping families together and fostering the tremendous contributions of immigrants who make up the rich fabric of our nation.

As the Co-Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ Immigration Task Force, Congresswoman Sanchez is ready to lead on this critical issue on day one. Immigration reform must include a broad, inclusive roadmap to citizenship; improvement of existing temporary worker programs; a secure, effective authorization mechanism that treats workers fairly; and rational, humane border control measures.

There are currently 11 million people waiting in the shadows. The United States does better when we allow people to come here to work legally and to seek a better life. Despite constant opposition, Rep. Sanchez has been at the forefront advocating and pressuring her colleagues and the Administration to enact legislation now.

Congresswoman Sanchez is an original co-sponsor of the Startup Act 2.0 and subsequent 3.0 bill which would create new categories of visa for entrepreneurs and students pursuing degrees in STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. This bill has bipartisan support and seeks to revive America’s entrepreneurial economy.

Congresswoman Sanchez also co-sponsored H.R. 15, the bipartisan Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act which would reduce our country’s deficit by $900 billion over the next two decades. Rep. Sanchez has also been a strong supporter of a variety of legislation aimed at providing all young people residing in the United State the opportunity to receive a high-quality education. Our students deserve the right to give back to the country they call home.