democrat

Raymond A. Lopez

Candidate for US House - 4th District

Candidate Q&A

Why are you running?

The 4th District needs a full-time Congressman that is focused on building bridges, delivering results, and truly representing the common sense, pragmatic views of the districts residents.  Now more than ever, we need a Congressman that is willing to address the "hot button" issues, not run away from them.  I have proven I am willing to combat the social ills plaguing the communities I represent directly and decisively.  I will do the same in Congress with an ability the current Congressman doesn't possess: an ability to work with both sides of the aisle to get things done!

How has your district been impacted by the migrant crisis and what do you think should be done?

The 4th District is home to a majority of the 30K arrivals sent here by border states, northern states and the federal government.  The incumbent has been woefully silent in addressing the root of the problem: an unsecure border! To the contrary, he has vocalized open border policies that put thousands of individuals ahead of the mostly Mexican undocumented waiting decades for a path to legal residency and normalization.

What do you think immigration reform in Congress should look like?

The United States needs a functional entranceway into the country so that people and leaders do not need to create backdoor workarounds in order to enter this country. That is what happened with the current asylum process. The solution is clear. First, we must secure the border and stop the magnet pulling people to it.  Second, we must immediately grant amnesty and citizenship to all DACA- registered and/or -qualifying youth currently in the country. Third, we must create a pathway for all other undocumented adults who have been in this country for ten years or more with clear criminal backgrounds. Lastly, DHS must immediately rescind all asylum court hearings scheduled for more than 12 months from date of entry and immediately adjudicated claims of asylum, deporting all that do not qualify. 

How important is bipartisanship to you and what issues have you worked on across the aisle or with people who don't uniformly share your beliefs?

I believe working in a bipartisan manner is extremely important if we are to work to bring this country away from the extremes.  Democracy isn't meant to be monolithic, and as a Congressman I will be willing to listen and incorporate ideas contrary to my own if it moves the country as a whole forward.

What action, if any, do you want to see next on abortion access after the Dobbs decision?

I believe a federal reproductive freedom bill is needed outlining what is a bare minimum for medical accessibility.

Did Joe Biden legitimately win the 2020 presidential race?

Yes

Should the United States provide Ukraine with money in its fight against Russia?

Yes

Should the United States provide Ukraine with aid in the form of military supplies?

Yes

Should the U.S. provide Israel with money in its fight against Hamas?

Yes

Should the United States provide Israel with aid in the form of military supplies in its fight against Hamas?

Yes

Should there be a law requiring background checks on all gun sales?

Yes

Should Congress pass a federal law banning semi-automatic assault-style weapons and large-capacity magazines to help address gun violence?

Yes