Al has been working hard for Minnesota’s Latino families to ensure that everybody has a chance to succeed.
Al knows that access to a world-class education is essential for all students to succeed, which is why he’s been fighting for increased funding for quality early childhood education programs that have been proven to help close the achievement gap. Al is a strong supporter of the DREAM Act, and he’s working hard to attract more teachers and principals of color through his principal recruitment and training bill. And Al has been working to increase dual language programs to make sure all students have equal opportunities to learn and thrive.
And Al knows that the best way to support Minnesota’s Latino families is to make sure people have access to high quality jobs, which is why he’s been fighting to improve job training programs — to help workers fill the more than three million jobs that currently sit open around the country — and it’s why Al has called on his Senate colleagues to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in five years, so no one who works 40 hours a week has to live in poverty.
Al championed the Senate’s bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million people currently living in the shadows and allow undocumented youth living in the U.S. to apply for legal permanent status and attend college.
And Al has worked hard on the HELP Separated Children’s Act to make sure that parents facing deportation have the ability to talk to their kids and make arrangements for them to be taken care of, and to ensure that the well-being of children is considered when dealing with potential deportation.