Omar is not an establishment candidate, and while he is a consensus maker, he will not back down from a fight. He was hunted down, tortured, and nearly killed for speaking out against injustice. Still, he stood strong. His experience, values and track-record should leave no doubt in the mind of any Rhode Islander that when it comes to protecting the rights of, and serving, the residents of the Ocean State there will be no fiercer advocate.
Omar believes that congress needs to act on immigration. Current immigration policy is based on executive orders handed down by whoever holds the presidency. America’s immigrants deserve consistency, opportunity, and a set process for finding refuge in the United States. Immigration touches on every issue in the United States: jobs, human rights, healthcare access, women's rights, foreign policy, national security, climate change, et cetera. It is time to end this siloed approach to problem solving, it is time to recognize that immigrants should be welcomed as Americans, and it is time to recognize that our strength comes from our multiculturalism. Washington needs leaders that think differently. We have a chance to tackle the most intractable problems of a generation, and the only way it is going to happen is if we all work together.
Omar supports a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, investments in educational and professional opportunities for immigrants. Further, U.S. foreign and economic policy need to consider the effect that our foreign aid and intervention have on migration. Omar has more experience working with immigrants than anyone else in this race, and understands the benefit they offer to Rhode Island and our country.