My mother was forced to be slave labor for the Nazis, my father nearly starved to death in a concentration camp. On July 4th, I celebrate a nation that welcomed them to freedom.
Today, I am the product of their fierce will to live free.
Donald Trump and his allies in Congress are trying to stop refugee admissions once and for all. But I’m running for Congress because I refuse to stop believing in the nation that set my parents free.
With both parents scarred by a brutal war, violence was common. I left home at 15, went to community college and got my GED, and started my first business at 21. I climbed mountains, worked as an actress, and now I’m running for Congress.
With grit and determination, Americans overcome setbacks. But now, it’s even harder to strike out on your own than when I did.
Stagnant wages, political corruption that benefits the wealthy at the expense of the working class, and a tattered social safety net are pushing the American Dream out of reach for many. And for Americans of color, it’s even harder.
I’m running for Congress because I believe in a nation that welcomes refugees, and gives its people a chance to succeed.
So today, let’s celebrate the America we love. Tomorrow, we will continue the great American experiment to form a more perfect union like our founding fathers envisioned. Together, we will defeat Trump and his ally Rep. Mark Amodei, and restore the promise of American freedom.