With 15 years of experience writing laws, I’m the only candidate with the necessary skills to make the changes that will improve the lives of ALL New Mexican families!
I believe in a progressive and intersectional approach to public policy.
In Congress, I will write my own legislation — not by the lobbyists or special interests!
- Damian Lara
“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
Unfortunately, ever since the implementation of harmful “trickle-down” economic policies in the mid-1980s there has been an enormous transfer of wealth from the middle class and the poor to the wealthiest people in this country. A truly fair and equitable tax code and economic system mitigates wealth inequality and improves the quality of life for ALL. Restoring upward mobility for ALL is my priority. We have a moral obligation to provide for our most vulnerable populations. Solidarity is paramount. When everyone pays their fair share, we all pay less.
The budget and tax code has a tremendous ability to shape our identity and our national priorities. That is why I have spent my career in public service, focused on increasing income and wealth for ALL families. It doesn’t just take promises, it takes experience:
I support and will fight for legislation that will:
We must address institutional racism in our criminal system. We need to end the militarization of police. We need to end private incarceration and detainment facilities.
I will ensure public safety and a truly just criminal system by fighting for legislation that will:
We need a single-payer health care system, right now.
I will advocate for Medicare for All, and other real health care solutions, by fighting for legislation that will:
The National Association of Community Healthcare Centers recognized me as an Outstanding Congressional Staffer for my work writing healthcare policy to increase access to healthcare for women and communities of color, and to control spiraling costs.
Education is a human right. All Americans deserve the tools to determine their own futures. I will fight for debt-free college and higher education. I will fight for free Pre-K. I will fight the student debt crisis and improve outcomes for New Mexico's students and educators by advocating for legislation that will:
As the youngest of four children to a single mother, I understand the policies that can make a difference in people's lives. Through progressive policy change, my mother was able to start her own small business. I will fight for legislation that will:
I have worked on environmental justice issues and have made mitigating climate change a top priority. I drafted legislation that secured funding to clean up abandoned uranium mines in New Mexico and the jet fuel leak in Bernalillo County. Many climate change issues disproportionately impact lower socioeconomic communities and communities of color, globally and locally. Climate change is a national security issue. We are in a climate crisis and must take a two-pronged approach to 1) prepare and adapt for the impact already underway, and 2) take major action to reduce emissions in order to minimize the effects of climate change, and interrupt the feedback cycle.
I Will Defend the Right to a Clean and Healthy Environment by fighting for legislation that will:
E pluribus unum.
First, I am an immigrant from Mexico. My mother brought me to the United States when I could barely walk.
I am proposing an effective and efficient immigration system that allows people to come into this country safely and legally. I am against unauthorized immigration because I know what happens to unaccompanied minors who ride la bestia from the southern tip of our continent to our borders. I know what happens to young immigrants at the hands of coyotes. I know immigrants risk their lives to cross our borders. I know many die in the desert, and before that, they were dying in box cars. And these days, they are dying in big rigs left out in the Texas heat.
I know the problem first-hand because I am an immigrant who has lived and navigated our broken immigration system. I know how to fight for solutions because I am an immigration attorney and former congressional staffer for the Hispanic Caucus. It is time to take the decision of who enters this country out of the hands of the drug cartels and put it back into the hands of the people. If the Federal Government hasn’t been able to secure the border by now, it’s time to change tactics and enact immigration laws that protect our economy, DREAMers, and family unity. We must give immigrants a legal, safe and realistic alternative to risking their lives crossing our borders and undercut the power of the drug cartels.
Unfortunately, this administration has taken the wrong approach to immigration policies using people as bargaining chips, and holding the lives of almost one million men, women and children hostage.
I would never allow a monument to racism to be built on the border.
I will fight for all immigrants and take the decision of who enters this country out of the hands of the drug cartels and back into the hands of the people - once and for all.
I will fix our broken immigration system by fighting for legislation that will:
I believe that hard-working, contributing members of society should have an opportunity to achieve the American Dream - or at least live long enough to see their children live it.