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I will fight for the American Dream!

I will fight for the American Dream!

In his State of the Union speech last evening, President Trump claimed that his sacred duty as President is “to defend Americans, their safety, their families, and their right to the American Dream.” Yet the policies of the Trump Administration actively undermine the capacity for everyday Americans to thrive. The GOP agenda has sought to make access to healthcare both more difficult and more expensive through their efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act and cut $1.5 trillion dollars in future Medicaid spending. The GOP left the critical Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) unfunded for many weeks, putting the health and welfare of our most vulnerable neighbors at increased risk. This Administration has implemented tax reforms that benefit large corporations and the extremely wealthy through huge, permanent tax cuts, while offering most Americans only minor, short-termed tax relief. GOP leaders in Congress have repealed environmental regulations, consumer protections, and fueled divisive rhetoric that has made Americans less safe, not more so.

The policies of the Trump Administration are a threat to the American Dream. We need legislation and programs that support hard-working Americans as they provide for their families, fulfill their aspirations, and contribute to building strong, vibrant communities. The American Dream is an individual pursuit as well as a national aspiration. I will take a hard stance and fight vigorously against the Trump/Ryan agenda that seeks to undermine the happiness, success, and fulfillment of ALL Americans. I will fight to help make the American Dream possible for you and your family as your Representative in Congress for Indiana’s 2nd District. Together, America Works!

To learn more about how my policy positions and plans for implementing them, please visit www.joshiforindiana.com/issues.

Today is National Freedom Day!

Today is National Freedom Day!

On this date in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln signed a joint resolution to add the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery to the US Constitution. Today, we reflect on the importance of liberty and equality.

Racial and economic justice is an issue of great importance to me, including reforming our criminal justice system that disproportionately affects communities of color. I am committed to fighting to

  • Eliminate privatization of prisons
  • Treat drug addiction as a public health issue rather than a crime
  • No longer prosecute children in the adult criminal justice system
  • End racially biased policing policies and mass incarceration

For more information about my position on this and other issues, visit
http://joshiforindiana.com/issues/. Please help us create a more just and diverse world by joining Team Joshi and contributing to our campaign. With your support, we can restore true Democratic values and Progressive ideals to Washington!

 

 

 

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ICE Detention Center is Wrong Solution for Our Community

ICE Detention Center is Wrong Solution for Our Community

Published in the Elkhart Truth, December 27, 2017 (Opinion, page A4)

As Northern Indiana Hoosiers, we value family, community, diversity, and justice. The proposed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Center in Elkhart County betrays those values and CoreCivic is the worst possible contractor for the project.

Although CoreCivic proposes to build “well-run, cost-effective, and flexible detention solutions for its government partners” (DPUD, 12/1/2017), there is no evidence to support these claims. ICE’s model of out-sourcing detention facilitates profits at the expense of safety and inhumane treatment of detainees. CoreCivic is among the most egregious offenders. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, their Eloy Federal Contract Facility in Arizona has the “highest number of recorded detainee deaths of any detention facility in the country” (10/3/2017). CoreCivic also pledges to provide up to 300 jobs, but as the Coalition Against the Elkhart County Immigration Center notes, these jobs are low-wage, high-turnover, and unsafe because of excessive violence that results from habitual understaffing at its facilities. The Obama Administration determined that private facilities have more safety and security problems than government-run centers and sought to phase them out, a policy which the current Administration has overturned.

Economic development is essential for our community, but the ICE Detention Center is not the right solution for Northern Indiana. A recent online poll by the Elkhart Truth asked, “Are you in favor of the proposed illegal immigration detention center being considered for a site near the county jail?” (12/16/2017). The community responded overwhelmingly in OPPOSITION to the plan (85.87%). Despite the Trump Administration’s pledge to prioritize undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes, ICE arrests were up 40% during the first half of the year, including a sharp rise in those without criminal convictions.

We are a community of welcome. An ICE Detention Center will undermine our strong sense of solidarity and drive people away from the area. Persons of color, regardless of their immigration status, will be fearful of additional policing and new residents will be reluctant to relocate to the area because of the facility’s presence. ICE detention also separates families and destabilizes the very fabric of our community. These negative impacts are bad for our economy.

We value the social, cultural, and economic contributions of our immigrant neighbors. There are more than 2 million Dreamers in the US (children who were brought to the country by their parents). We support a policy that provides a pathway to citizenship for individuals and families as they positively impact our communities and contribute to the vibrancy of the area.
Rep. Jackie Walorski has not yet made a statement on the proposed ICE Detention Center. I encourage you to call her to voice your opposition and affirm your solidarity with area residents (202-225-3915). Please reach out to the Elkhart County commissioners as well: Board of Commissioners (574-534-3541 or commissioners@elkhartcounty.com) and Planning Commissioners (574-971-4678 or dps@elkhartcounty.com).

Together, we can strengthen our community and grow our economy. Together, America Works!
Yatish Joshi
Candidate, Indiana 2nd Congressional District
http://joshiforindiana.com
(574) 318-6474