Immigration overview

I have supported the abolition of ICE not just in rhetoric, but in consistent action since the summer of 2018. Since at least a decade before then, I have advocated at the federal level, and at the local level around the country, in favor of immigrant rights, as well as civil liberties of U.S. citizens eroded by the interior surveillance net invited by calls for "comprehensive immigration reform."

I’ve also actively defended SF’s status as a sanctuary city by challenging surveillance programs that have eroded our sanctuary commitments. For instance, the BART system’s use of Automatic License Plate Readers triggered a scandal and Board intervention, and my advocacy promoting civilian oversight of police surveillance led the BART Board to get in front of the next scandal by enacting a set of reforms later replicated (and expanded upon) by San Francisco and a growing set of cities across the country.

We support creating a pathway to citizenship. This pathway does not currently exist for people who arrive in the U.S. without documentation, even if they live and work in the U.S. for decades, raise U.S. citizen children, and serve in the U.S. military.

We oppose "comprehensive" immigration reform, which is used as a shorthand to describe enforcement-first proposals. Support for comprehensive immigration reform could ultimately undermine the rights of even U.S. citizens, and reflects the conservative co-optation by some liberals.

I’ve been a leader in challenging the interior surveillance net created by the FBI (NGI) on the backs of the ICE immigrant deportation scheme S-COMM.

I will champion immigration reform aligned with the inscription on the Statue of Liberty, and resist "enforcement-first" proposals that have led to a humanitarian crisis. In Congress, I will:

  • protect dreamers (students left vulnerable after Trump rescinded DACA)
  • fight for a pathway to citizenship for their families
  • end the criminalization of migration by supporting the repeal of the "illegal entry" provisions Section 1325.

I will also oppose border militarization and seek to reverse it, not only in the context of medieval border walls but also the high-tech surveillance nets—like the FBI’s corrupt and authoritarian Next Generation Initiative—that have spread across the country while being presented as immigration enforcement initiatives.

Specific actions

I’ve advocated for immigrant rights in many ways. I’ve:

  • participated in multiple occupations of the ICE office in San Francisco, and a protest at Pelosi fundraiser in the financial district the morning after she agreed to give Trump over $4.5 billion to fund his border concentration camps;
  • participated in occupations, marches, and rallies promoting immigrant rights in Washington DC, including one in which I was struck by an irate motorist and another in which we occupied Union Station;
  • advocated in San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley for restrictions on the intelligence gathering capacity of local jurisdictions to strengthen local sanctuary commitments;
  • advocated for the nation’s first ban on face surveillance technology, which is poised to uniquely discriminate against immigrants, and built on the back of supposed immigrant deportation schemes of which I have been publicly critical for years.
  • Visited San Diego and the ICE & CBP migrant detention centers near the city, including the private detention center at Otay Mesa. I met with local human rights advocates, and have been sharing their concerns—addressing the rights of U.S. citizens as well as migrants—since returning.
  • I wrote FOIA requests seeking information about Salesforce contracts with ICE, CBP, and other DHS component agencies.

Abolishing ICE

The agency should be abolished. It has existed for barely 15 years, and it has always had a problem with civilian control. For instance, ICE began implementing policy changes immediately in the wake of the 2016 election, even before Trump took office.