Immigration

The United States of America and the Declaration of Independence were both created by immigrants. As a country, we have historically been a fan of the under dog trying to create their American Dream. However, over the last 40 years our value system has drastically shifted. Media stories in the late 80’s and early 90’s created a negative narrative surrounding Hispanic, primarily Mexican immigrants. The stories of immigrants navigating their way through the Arizona and California desert, dying on their way here, is firmly in the American subconsciousness. Despite the decrease in individuals entering our country this way, the narrative continues and is what has led to a brutal system where asylum seekers are now being treated like criminals.

Talia Fuentes-Wolfe lives in Congressional District 9 and is a descendent of Native Americans, and Mexican and European immigrants. She’s grown up listening to the tales of how her family both founded and immigrated to our amazing country. She’s watched as the system her family spoke so proudly of has completely failed and fallen apart under the current Presidential administration. People are being treated like animals and used as a means to make corporate profit.


The Mental Health Cost

America, with the Statue of Liberty sitting on our eastern shore as a historical welcoming sign to the incoming immigrants, is now keeping immigrant children in cages. These cages are the same cages that housed the shelter dogs Talia cared for at the Arizona Humane Society. Talia spent hours in those cages with frightened animals who were taken from their homes and brought into a shelter. She knows what it’s like to have to sit with her knees curled up against her chest to find a comfortable position while also trying to help comfort an animal she couldn’t verbally communicate with; offering wordless love. Talia was always requested for the dogs who seemed the most traumatized because she knew how to bring them out of their shells and bring them comfort in an otherwise harsh environment.

Having this background has given her a very unique view into how these cages can impact the behavior of an animal. She’s enraged that this type of housing would be used for a human being, let alone children. The changes that need to occur CANNOT WAIT. They must happen now and that takes having a representative who is willing to challenge and question the system.

Talia has driven from her home in Arizona Congressional District 9 to the Florence immigration facility to stand behind immigrants during their bail hearing. It is very rare for an individual to obtain bail while waiting for their immigration hearing, and having community backing is something that helps increase their success rate. The most hopeful experience was with a mother who was fortunate enough to have an employer willing to sponsor her. Her children were all American citizens, and she had multiple women like myself willing to stand behind her for the 30 seconds it took for the Immigration Judge to get through the woman’s bail hearing. She was released into her family’s custody the next morning.

Asylum Seekers and Seasonal Work Visas

Talia is not afraid to fight on the front lines. She’s not scared of the private prison companies that make money off those filtered through our immigration system. She is willing to challenge their treatment of these individuals. She wants to use the position of United States Representative of Arizona Congressional District 9 to help community leaders fighting, not only for DACA (The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) but for asylum seekers and other immigrants that want to call the United States their home.

We have the need for farm workers, food production employees, and food service industry workers. At one time, our country offered seasonal workers visas and had a program that was geared towards this agricultural need. Talia believes we MUST reinstate these types of programs which will help our local farmers obtain a seasonal immigrant labor force and provide the opportunity for workers to come into the United States for work and return home to their home countries.

The Border Wall

Talia is not afraid to fight on the front lines. She’s not scared of the private prison companies that make money off those filtered through our immigration system. She is willing to challenge their treatment of these individuals. She wants to use the position of United States Representative of Arizona Congressional District 9 to help community leaders fighting, not only for DACA (The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) but for asylum seekers and other immigrants that want to call the United States their home.

We have the need for farm workers, food production employees, and food service industry workers. At one time, our country offered seasonal workers visas and had a program that was geared towards this agricultural need. Talia believes we MUST reinstate these types of programs which will help our local farmers obtain a seasonal immigrant labor force and provide the opportunity for workers to come into the United States for work and return home to their home countries.

Talia is not afraid to fight on the front lines. She’s not scared of the private prison companies that make money off those filtered through our immigration system. She is willing to challenge their treatment of these individuals. She wants to use the position of United States Representative of Arizona Congressional District 9 to help community leaders fighting, not only for DACA (The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) but for asylum seekers and other immigrants that want to call the United States their home.

The Cost

We also must think of the costs of deportation, housing, and the hearings of asylum seekers and immigrants. This amount could be entirely negated if we change the way that we approach and perceive the people we are taking care of. We do not have the personnel needed to process the applications quickly enough. Immigrants are being taken advantage of by fake lawyers promising them resolution to their case when the individual wasn’t even an immigration lawyer. Private prison corporations are making money off the number of immigrants they’re capable of holding. They’re jam packing these humans into cages and Talia knows how this will impact their behavior. They must be removed from the situation they’re in NOW.

Arizona Congressional District 9 deserves a representative who is not afraid to question the private prison industry and corporations making money off of vulnerable people. Talia is that representative because she has the unique perspective to explain the negative impacts on the individual’s mental health. Talia WILL DEMAND in legislation and through civil disobedience action that all immigrants, asylum seekers, visa over stayers, and any individual from our ally countries, deserve to have a proper chance and access to the advocates who will connect them with immigration lawyers and personnel who are able to help with the processing of their case.

There are so many unique situations and world political powers can shift in developing nations very quickly. This leaves individuals who are left needing to find another country to call home until their home country is conflict free. There are nonprofit organizations who want to help immigrants in these types of circumstances but they’re not given access to all immigrants, only those who reach out to them. Talia will highlight through media and videography the real experiences of immigrants and not just a select group like other Democrats have chosen to address. Talia Fuentes-Wolfe wants to ensure all immigrants feel like their voices are being heard in Arizona Congressional District 9.


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