M.A. (economics), University of Illinois-Chicago (2009); J.D., University of Texas School of Law (2005); B.A., Southwestern University (2002)
2009-present: Criminal Defense Attorney at Chris Perri Law;
2014-present: Supervising Attorney, Texas Law Expunction Project;
2008-2009: Grad Student lecturer at Univ. of Illinois-Chicago (economics);
2005-2007: Attorney at Law Office of Joe Turner
We have a moral duty to pass a Clean DREAM Act, and it’s also good for our economy, enhancing our social safety net and filling a labor shortage in many markets. Moreover, I believe that we need comprehensive reform of our immigration system so that there is a reasonable, certain pathway to citizenship. It’s unconscionable that people have to wait 10-20 years for their immigration applications to be processed. Regarding border security, I'm against a wall because it's both ineffective and a symbol of isolationism. Mobile surveillance technology is cheaper and more effective.
I believe that we should use diplomacy and humanitarian aid to maintain world peace. Military intervention should be a last resort that is used only when all other options fail. Regarding North Korea, I support a policy of strategic patience, using economic sanctions and aid to persuade Kim Jong-un to de-escalate his nuclear aggression. A hardline policy of military intervention puts all of civilization at risk. However, if North Korea attacks South Korea or one of the neighboring countries, I support a surgical strike to wipe out North Korea's nuclear arsenal.
I am against any attempt to decrease funding for Social Security and Medicare. If we can pass a $1.5 trillion tax cut and bail out the banks with $700 billion, then there is enough money for our safety net. In order to fund the programs, I'm in favor of tax reform that eliminates the loopholes (e.g., special treatment for capital gains and the carried interest loophole) so that the top 1% pay their fair share. I'm also in favor of a Financial Investment Tax on Wall Street trading and eliminating the Social Security cap on taxable wages.
I support Medicare-for-All. Health is freedom. As a child, I often heard my mother and father (both health professionals) discuss patients who died from afflictions that could have been prevented with timely care, but they didn’t seek such preventative care due to a lack of adequate health insurance. Despite the ACA, millions of Americans remain uninsured. Medicare-for-All is the best solution for delivering universal health care. For-profit, private insurance companies have led to soaring costs, and the answer is to remove the for-profit motive from the health insurance industry.
As long as Congress puts donors before voters and profits before people, any progressive policy advances can be undone. Thus, we must reform the electoral process through campaign finance reform and ending partisan gerrymandering. Only by restoring our government’s loyalty to the people can we achieve the policies needed for society to thrive and ensure that no one falls through the cracks. Further, corporate interests have hijacked our democracy, yet our government does nothing to prevent mega-mergers. Strengthening our anti-trust enforcement is essential to combat the corporate takeover.
Attorney, accountant, healthcare advocate
B.B.A, University of Texas at Arlington (Summa Cum Laude); J.D., University of Texas Austin
Former teen Medicaid mom who put herself through college and law school & went on to career in taxation and healthcare finance.
Co-wrote TX Motor Fuels tax legislation in 2003.
Appointed to board of Central Health by City Council
Texas doesn't need and we don't want a $25 billion poured concrete monument to xenophobia, paid for by US taxpayers, built on Texans' private property seized by the federal government. The border is heavily militarized and secure.
We need comprehensive, humane federal immigration reform & an earned path to citizenship for those that contribute to the American dream.
My commitments: Prevent ICE from contracting with private for-profit prison corporations like the GEO Group; detain & deport only those individuals who pose a violent threat to pub safety; expand eligibility; protect DACA & TPS
We should honor our commitments to veterans, service members, and military families, who put their lives on the line for this country. We owe them a coherent strategy and a definition of victory for the war -- estimated at $250 million a day -- we’ve been fighting in the greater Middle East for over a decade.
If we are to continue to put our service members in harm’s way, Congress owes the American people a real debate to create a roadmap for our military on who we should be fighting and where.
We can't kill our way to achieving our goals in North Korea. I advocate containment.
Social Security is an earned benefit that seniors in Texas and all over American have worked their entire lives for. We have to protect and strengthen that benefit for future generations of Texans. Likewise, Medicare is the bedrock of care for millions of American seniors and people with disabilities. We should fight against any attempt to privatize Medicare or Social Security.
We'd reduce budget deficits by creating a tax revenue stream whereby everyone is paying their faire share - not giving huge tax cuts to billionaires and multinational corporations at the expense of working Texans.
Healthcare is something that everybody needs.
We should shore up the ACA - which has allowed millions of Americans to be able to afford to see a doctor, afford subscriptions, and get the healthcare they need without facing bankruptcy - by reinstating the individual mandate and providing cost-sharing subsidies.
We have to move to some form of universal healthcare system so that every American has high-quality healthcare, be able to see a doctor, and be able to afford prescriptions--no matter if they’re rich or poor, young or old, or have pre-existing conditions or not.
American democracy is under threat. We have to get big money out of our elections, end partisan gerrymandering, and institute term limits. My commitments include:
• Holding once-a-month public town hall meetings;
• Filing bills that require any 501(c) entity spending on *any* political activity that mentions a federal candidate or that's intended to influence an election to be disclosed;
• Taxing the political activities of 501(c) entities that spend beyond a certain threshold on political activities;
• Opposing any and all attempts to repeal the Johnson Amndmnt
• Automatic voter registration