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Of a congressman thank you for joining us.
Thank you so let's talk about the fact that you took over and in a district that had been with the Republicans for quite a -- talk about what we years.
So what do you think happened and.
And what your goal now with with this change well a couple of things and I do you think that this district just got -- the urban district in the Mexico.
All of Albuquerque and then lots of rural surrounding communities.
I think that there's been a shift in and representing more of the individuals and middle class families in that area and like many states the economy is hit in Mexico and Albuquerque -- heart.
There's a renewed interest -- -- more balanced approach to try to resolve some of those problems and when you talk about representing a number of Hispanics talk about the influence.
Latinos in congress what do you think when you look around right now well I'm I'm inspired.
Clearly on the democratic side by seeing such a diverse congress and so many new.
Hispanic members elected and -- one of two brand new.
Latino elected and so that's fantastic effect on the first Hispanic.
Woman to be elected to a federal office and -- statin.
I can go back thirteen generations we keep looking I think -- more like sixteen.
And so that's a long time before you -- this community.
To be adequately represented in these federal offices and I do think it makes a difference -- Because you bring your personal experiences.
Individually and from your family.
To a policy making position.
So let's talk about some of those personal experiences when it comes to health care it sounds like in particular area of experience of your parents with your sister.
Quite an influence.
Briefly to sort of talk about that and and how you're using that and what sort of changes you'd like to see on the on health care will certainly mean that that most Americans today given how much it costs.
To have coverage or access to the health care are acutely aware of the problem.
And if not if they've got a catastrophic illness and they're about to lose everything.
Then there where before it became such a national crisis -- and we suffered in that way.
Because there were no protections for what -- -- to provide health care to somebody who is really sick.
I'm here in part because -- -- you're so much more we can do in health care and today even in congress the debate is about.
Changing eligibility for programs.
Changing benefits for programs but not really getting out the delivery system and I think I can -- real value to that and today I'm still -- caregiver.
For my mother and I'm hoping -- navigate complicated health care system every single day.
On immigration you are part of the meeting at the White House yeah exciting.
And there's even a photo that feat they -- -- -- -- you can see in the -- -- photo what.
What what do you think should happen I mean certainly it there's a renewed interest in the topic now.
Everyone from the president the congress is addressing it so what can be done I theory out.
To mystic and the president's clearly leading in this front you've got the senate in a bipartisan fashion working on.
A proposal you've got house close.
To a bill that when you've got all three sides working on and committee.
To doing something about immigration reform -- we can in my opinion stop the rhetoric.
So that you really doing something about the eleven or twelve million families depending on what number.
We are using at any given moment at a substantial component of the fabric of America at this point they're here.
And that we don't want -- separate families when an earned -- way to citizenship.
And we -- -- create an environment we can and deal with immigration issues over the long -- but until we address.
The undocumented individuals who were here today.
I can't get and they have broader perspective for immigration so I'm really optimistic I think it's gonna make a big difference in the -- Thank you so much into you.
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