TheEcuadorian-born Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Democrat is proposed as the “first South American congresswoman” to give a voice to Hispanics, promote immigration reform, lower drug costs and “take money” out ofpolitics.
Mucarsel-Powellsaid that in the meetings she has held in Washington with other Democratselected to the House of Representatives on November 6, they have considered”introducing a law on immigration reform.” “It will be apriority for the Democrats and I think that in the first hundred days we canintroduce some kind of law that protects immigrants,” she said.
The 47-year-old congresswoman-elect explained that they will seek to protect the “dreamers”, the young people who arrived in the United States in childhood as undocumented, and give them a path to citizenship. The same thing they want for those who have a Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a measure that has benefited some 436,000 immigrants, many of them Central Americans and Haitians, and that is being eliminated by President Donald Trump.
The Ecuadorian, who will represent District 26, in the extreme south of Florida, with 70% of Hispanic voters, said that she also wants to include Venezuelans in a TPS. Among the proposals of the associate Former principal of the School of Medicine of the International University of Florida (FIU) is also “lower the costs of medicines, protect people who have pre-existing conditions and increase access to medical service.” “There are more or less 100,000 people who depend on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and 300,000 who are living with preexisting conditions in the district, it is an extremely important issue,” said.
Born in Quito and arrived in the USA. With 14 years, the future congresswoman recalled that she launched into politics when “the Republicans said they were going to finish” with ACA, the law issued during the Barack Obama administration (2009-2017) that President Trump promised to eliminate but is still valid.
Mucarsel-Powell, who snatched the seat from Cuban-born congressman Carlos Curbelo, said he will look for ways to help Cubans on the island and those who “live here, so they can have the freedom to visit their relatives in Cuba.” In his opinion, the policy of the United States towards the island of the last decades “has not worked”. “I want to find a way to support the Cuban people so they can become independent and change their government,” he said.
He alsosaid he will work with the Democrats on a reform of campaign financing to”get the money out of politics.” “Special interests influence somany legislators that I think that’s one of the problems we’ve had,” hesaid. This immigrant was “proud” to be the first “born inEcuador” to reach the United States Congress. “I feel veryresponsible to be the first Ecuadorian, the first South American to be inCongress, so I am focused on raising the voices of the Latino community,”said Mucarsel-Powell, a graduate in Political Science. (I)