Anthony was born in this country and is a first-generation American. He is a son of immigrants. His grandmother came to the United States almost eighty five years ago. She worked hard as a domestic servant, was paid very little, and eventually became a U.S. citizen. She brought Anthony’s father to the United States as a young man and he was the first in the Brown family to get a college education. Anthony’s father eventually went to medical school and spent a lifetime providing medical care in some of the poorest neighborhoods and hospitals where Anthony grew up, often without compensation. He understands that our nation is built on the contributions of immigrants. Anthony believes that we should not close our doors or turn our backs, and that immigrants currently living in America or who wish to come here should have the same opportunity to pursue the American dream as did our families.
Anthony’s strong commitment to comprehensive immigration reform is based on the benefits that such reform would bring our nation, our economy, our communities and our families. We need to pursue policies that unites families and do not tear them apart. We need to reform our immigration laws so that they are better adapted to the needs of America’s economy and workforce in the 21st century global economy. That is why as Lieutenant Governor, Anthony was a strong advocate in passing the Maryland DREAM Act and has advocated for the creation of a DREAM Fund.
As a member of Congress, Anthony will advocate for:
- Passing legislation to create a comprehensive and effective path to full citizenship that is achievable within a reasonable length of time.
- Passing a national DREAM Act to offer the opportunity of permanent residency and eventual citizenship to young people who were brought to the United States as children.
- Keeping families together by expanding President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to include the parents of citizens, parents of legal permanent residents, and the parents of DREAMERs.
- Improving border and interior immigration enforcement that does not compromise our nation’s values or terrorize and divide our communities.
- Providing health care access under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) to the approximately millions of individuals who are or will be eligible for deferred action under DACA, the proposed DACA expansion, and the forthcoming Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).
- Establishing immigration policy that meet the needs of our economy, replacing the current system with one that is effective, safe, legal and orderly.
- Strengthening labor law enforcement and civil rights protections.
- Revamping the mandatory employment verification system to ensure that it is fair, accurate, protects privacy and is not subject to misuse by employers.
- Implementing the recommendations in President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing calling for “decoupling” federal immigration enforcement from routine local policing and focusing detention efforts on individuals who pose a clear and present danger to public safety.
“We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners. I say this to you as the son of immigrants, knowing that so many of you are also descended from immigrants . . . We must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation. To respond in a way which is always humane, just and fraternal. We need to avoid a common temptation nowadays: to discard whatever proves troublesome.” —Pope Francis, Washington, DC, 9/24/15