The diversity and culture of Los Angeles is part of what makes this city one of the best places in the entire world to live.

Karen believes that as we work to reform our immigration laws, it’s absolutely critical that that diversity is celebrated, embraced and maintained. Unfortunately, our immigration system is outdated and broken, and it is time to fix it. Karen co-sponsored comprehensive immigration reform legislation that would provide a path to citizenship to many of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in America today, and prevent the continued record deportations that have led to many minors being forced into our nation’s child welfare system instead of staying with their parents. Karen strongly supports protecting President Obama’s executive actions pertaining to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and is a lead supporter of the DREAM Act, which would provide a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients.

In the state legislature, Karen supported efforts to ensure that undocumented immigrants could have access to a driver’s license, and as Speaker of the Assembly Karen worked to ensure that California Dreamers could attend college and pay in-state tuition.

Karen will continue to oppose Republican attempts to overturn President Obama’s executive actions and will continue to push Republicans in Congress to take up comprehensive immigration reform.