Nina understands immigration because she herself is an immigrant. After surviving a violent War of Liberation in Bangladesh (in South Asia), she came to the United States when she was twenty-one and put herself through college and graduate school. Since her arrival in our country, she has dedicated herself to serving Pennsylvania and the United States through her research, entrepreneurship, activism, and public service. She is a striking example of the benefits that immigrants bring to our country and will fight for the rights of others to have similar paths to citizenship.
Almost a million Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients face an uncertain future and the threat of possible deportation. Many of these immigrants know only this country. They succeeded in school, served in our military, and are now working as educators, conducting research, providing healthcare, and giving back to their communities. Nina will work tirelessly to ensure that these Americans are able to remain here and eventually become citizens. She knows that the legal path to entering the United States is broken, antiquated, and in desperate need of reform.
Many immigrant families are being torn apart by ICE raids of questionable legality, detained for months on end in private detention centers with inhumane conditions, and in some cases, returned to countries where they may face violence, persecution, or years in prison. “Sanctuary” cities like Philadelphia that seek to protect these immigrant communities from such abuses are under assault by the current administration. In Harrisburg, Nina will support the reform of our immigration laws, and make sure the existing laws are enforced in a humane – and constitutional – fashion in Pennsylvania.