In Congress, Schleifer Commits to Fighting for Comprehensive Immigration Reform that Unlocks the Potential of Immigrant Communities and Helps Residents throughout Westchester and Rockland Counties to Pursue the American Dream

Schleifer: “The United States of America is built on the hard work and determination of immigrants.”

White Plains, NY – Adam P. Schleifer, a Democratic Candidate for U.S. Congress in New York’s 17th District, announced his plan to fight for permanent, sensible, and just immigration reform in Congress. Schleifer’s policy would provide an efficient, affordable, and permanent path to citizenship and would reject the divisive, hateful, and economically-damaging dog-whistle do-nothingism of President Trump. Westchester and Rockland Counties are home to a multitude of constituents of immigrant backgrounds, with more than 20 percent of residents originating from another country. Schleifer will protect and provide a clear path of opportunity for the next generation of American citizens.

“For centuries, immigrants have enriched our culture and heritage, improved our ties with the rest of the world, and strengthened our economy – to the tune of $2 trillion per year. As the grandson of Holocaust survivors who immigrated to this country as refugees, I understand the importance of providing fair and just opportunity to the immigrants of our country. The United States of America is built on the hard work and determination of immigrants. It is our duty to fight for future American citizens within Westchester and Rockland Counties.”

One of Schleifer’s top priorities is to provide an affordable, attainable path to citizenship for law-abiding members of our society, especially those who were brought here as children. With President Trump rescinding the expansion of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) in 2017, federal programs that were created in an effort to ensure the success of future American citizens are at risk. Schleifer believes we must do better in upholding our humane values and continue to expand the path for opportunity to all. Through legislation similar to the DREAM Act of 2017 (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act), pushed forward by our New York Senator Charles E. Schumer, Schleifer commits to working towards a more just course of action for immigrants and their children.

Schleifer will also propose asylum for those with legitimate claims of oppression abroad. Schleifer believes it is our international, legal, and ethical obligation to welcome those seeking refuge into our communities. As a nationally recognized “sanctuary county” – a jurisdiction that has laws, ordinances, regulations, resolutions, policies, or other practices that obstruct immigration enforcement, Westchester has welcomed those seeking safety and opportunity within American borders. If elected to Congress, Schleifer will work with community members and local leaders to expand these policies to Rockland County and create a district in which all are welcome.

As a federal prosecutor, Schleifer worked tirelessly in keeping our communities safe. Thus, Schleifer understands what needs to be prioritized when protecting the residents of Westchester and Rockland Counties from bigotry and systemic oppression. In Congress, Schleifer will deny President Trump’s funding towards his useless dog-whistle plan to build a wall. Instead, Schleifer will push to return those resources to important military and law-enforcement initiatives. This includes the fight against international drug cartels and the trafficking of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. The $1.5 million and counting that Trump has exclaimed to need should be used for opportunity, not division.

About Adam Schleifer:

Adam Schleifer, 38, graduated from Chappaqua’s public schools in 1999 and went on to attend Cornell University and Columbia University Law School, where he served as a Senior & Staff Development Editor on the Columbia Law Review. After graduating from law school, Schleifer served two years as a federal law clerk, first in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and then in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Schleifer then built a career at one of the nation’s leading law firms before reentering public service, first as a New York State consumer-protection regulator, and then as an Assistant United States Attorney. Schleifer has prosecuted regulatory and federal-criminal actions against predatory payday and subprime auto lenders; taken dangerous and illegal weapons out of communities; prosecuted crimes of sexual violence and predation; and protected our clean air by prosecuting a conspiracy to violate the Clean Air Act. Adam Schleifer and his wife, Nicole, are residents of New Castle.

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