Immigration

"We already have a rule of law that guarantees equal treatment to every individual, including more than one million immigrants to whom we grant permanent residence every year. Which is why I strongly opposing any form of amnesty for those who intentionally violate the law. Granting amnesty only rewards and encourages more law breaking. But, we still have to appreciate the reality surrounding people fleeing their countries due to extortion, violence, lack of competition, and institutional corruption. Immigration is a complex matter, and we need to have honest, meaningful conversations. And we need to take action."--Liz Matory

Our district has experienced rapid and dramatic demographic changes over the past 20 years, including: an aging population, a reduced number of marriages, a decline of religion, and above all, a rapidly growing population of racial and ethnic minorities. The discussion centering around immigration is destructive and divisive. Liz supports immigration policies that are enforceable, under constitution guidance, not rewarding or encouraging lawlessness. Although, many argue that Immigration reform is long overdue, we need to fix our broken immigration system now!

But first, we need to enforce laws that are already on the books.

Our American Journey has been amplified by generations of immigrants who have come to our shores from every corner of the globe. Native Born and New Americans have come together to make America the economic engine of the world. 

Liz believes we must hold employers accountable to screen potential employees to ensure they are legally entitled to work in the US. This way we can economically and socially benefit from a stimulus in population. She will work to ensure the federal government enforces all immigration laws: there is absolutely no value in enacting new laws if Congress and the President does not properly enforce the ones we already have. How can we trust in government when it does not enforce laws already put in place.

  • Unauthorized immigrants make up 5.1% of the U.S. labor force.
  • According to the Americas Society/Council of the Americas, the value added by legal immigration to the price of the average home was $6,969 in Montgomery County.
  • Currently, there are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.
  • 7 states have seen an increase in unauthorized immigration population, Maryland included.
  • 5.6 million unauthorized Mexican immigrants living in the U.S. in 2014.
  • Montgomery County ALONE has 83,000 Unauthorized and Illegal Immigrants.
    • Montgomery County paid about $12 million for health care for almost 25,000 illegal immigrants last fiscal year. 

Liz will work to ensure that our border protection agents have the tools they need to be successful. She does not support raids and separating families, but she believes that because our government does not enforce the law, people are taking advantage of our kindness. 

Liz's background in social justice has proven her fight to make sure no law is immoral or ethically benefits/hinders any specific race or ethnic group in order for political advancement.