On Saturday, November 7 Joseph Biden was named the President-Elect and will be inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States in January 2021. Equally significant, his running mate Kamala Harris was named the Vice President-Elect. VP Harris will be:
• The first female Vice President of the United States
• The first black Vice President of the United States
• The first Asian Vice President of the United States
A 1st generation American and the child of immigrants, Harris is the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants and will be the highest-ranking woman in the nation’s 244-year history. Harris frequently spoke of her multi-cultural roots and her parents’ civil rights struggle to gain acceptance and equality. In her acceptance speech, she said:
“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last. Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.”
An attorney, Kamala Harris was the first black woman to serve as California’s attorney general and when she was elected a United States senator in 2016, she became only the second black female member in history. VP-elect Harris has also experienced living as an immigrant herself during her expat years living in Canada where her mother was a breast cancer researcher in French-speaking Montreal.
Married to a white Jewish attorney, Kamala Harris understands how women of color are treated in the United States. She worked to protect and empower immigrants in California, and she supports DREAMers and DACA. As part of her 2019 presidential campaign, she unveiled an immigration plan that would remove the threat of deportation from undocumented immigrants via executive action and expand deferred action immigration programs:
“As president, while I fight for Congress to pass 21st Century immigration reform, I won’t wait. I’ll take action to lift barriers Dreamers face to pursuing legal status and put them on a meaningful path to citizenship. These young people are just as American as I am, and they deserve a president who will fight for them from day one.”
The experienced immigration attorneys at Godoy Law Office in Chicago and Lombard offer assistance in family-based immigration matters to a range of people, including spouses, same-sex couples, fiancés, parents and children. We can also advise immigrants looking to secure status as permanent residents through the process of applying for a green card or citizenship. If you need help with an immigration issue, please contact our office or call us at 855-554-6369.