As your City Councilmember, I will use the full powers of my office to resist the xenophobia, hate and threat our current federal administration poses to the way of life we enjoy together as Angelenos. The time is now to use our democratic government in the City of Los Angeles to voice our opposition to the forces of nationalism that threaten to deport our residents and neighbors. 

My multi-cultural family background makes this a central issue and I accept this responsibility with reverence and resolve. I was born and raised in Los Angeles and graduated Venice High at a time of racial unrest. This is not the Los Angeles of our shared future. This country and our city are great because of our embrace of many immigrant communities that woven together across our neighborhoods form a unique textile that represents the promise of the melting pot.

As councilman I will oppose ANY federal efforts to deport, prosecute and persecute our immigrant communities. I will support all efforts to assist non-profits in our city that provide essential services to immigrant populations. I applaud the efforts of made in the California State Assembly to provide pathways to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and I will coordinate the resources of my office to further enable upward mobility of our immigrant communities.

Council District 1 is 75% Latino - but is also home to many Asian-Americans, Muslim-Americans, and other ethnic groups who have come to this city in pursuit of the American dream. I am running to represent this district with a full embrace of its diversity - from the Salvadorans in Pico Union to the Mexicans in Lincoln Heights to both the Mandarin and Cantonese speaking populations of Chinatown.