My father was an immigrant from Iran, who came to Seattle not knowing a single person on this continent.  He worked tirelessly to obtain his PhD from the University of Washington, where he met my mom, and then became a tenured Professor of Sociology in Canada. Although my parents divorced when I was young, my Dad and I remained in close touch, and the values he instilled in me and my brother-diligence, hard work, and caring for the ‘underdog’-those who have less than you, and have traditionally been left behind-have provided the foundation for all the work I’ve done throughout my career.  

The very core of the United States is built on one thing-immigration. The majority of us are either immigrants ourselves, or direct descendants of individuals and families who came here for opportunity and a better life. My father immigrated here for the best education and opportunities he could find. We must welcome those who immigrate to our country, who will continue to make our country more diverse, more culturally rich, and a better place.

As a family doctor here in Seattle, I have treated patients from all over the world. Through their stories, and those of my own family, I’ve come to understand the very real challenges and threats immigrants face in our city. The assault on immigration occurring in our country today is unethical and simply wrong.  I’ve spent my career advocating for universal coverage and working to get all people, regardless of citizenship status, access to health care. As a City Councilmember, I’ll stand with our state and others that are fighting our country’s anti-immigrant, backward, and short-sighted policies. I support the DREAM Act, I support Seattle’s Sanctuary City status, and I support building a community, city, and a country where all are welcome.

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