I came to the U.S. when I was just two years old. I grew up poor and undocumented. People like me aren’t supposed to have made it. But now I’m a professor at UC San Diego. In 2016, I worked in the Obama administration. Over the last 3 years, I’ve gone up against the Trump administration 12 times in federal lawsuits, and we’ve won. And now, I’m running for Congress as a progressive Democrat in California's 53rd congressional district. If elected, I will become the first formerly undocumented Asian member of Congress.
In Congress, I will champion immigration reform, fight for working-class families, work to ensure that medicare for all provides quality healthcare for all, strengthen our public education system, support common sense gun laws, and reform our criminal justice system, among priorities. I will also fight to restore and further uplift the role of science and research to bring evidence-based solutions to address our country’s most pressing challenges, the foremost of which being our climate crisis. And I will work to improve federal hate crimes tracking so we can take stronger action to better protect communities of color, LGBTQ persons, Muslims, Jews, and people of faith, and others who feel marginalized by this administration. Read more about my platform.
I'm running for Congress because I still believe in the American dream. From being poor and undocumented to becoming a professor and serving a presidential administration, this is the America I know, this is the America that so many of us still believe in and value. In me, you’ll have a fighter who will work day in and day out to build an America where everyone belongs. If you still believe in the American dream, if you believe an inclusive America makes us all better off, then join us
In the past 3 years, I've been part of 12 federal lawsuits against the Trump administration's immigration policies, including:
Ending family separation
Defending SB-54, California's sanctuary law
Fighting the administration's efforts to indefinitely detain migrant children
Pushing back against the administration's "public charge" policies