ericswalwell.com

 

Biography

Eric Swalwell was formerly a deputy district attorney in Alameda Country. He also served as aa local appointee on Dublin commissions and was then elected onto the Dublin City Council. In 2012, he was elected to serve as the U.S House of Representatives for California’s 15th congressional district and has been in office since 2013. He is a member of the American Sikh Congressional Caucus, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, and the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. He announced his candidacy for the 2020 presidential election on April 8, 2019 on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  

On the Issues

AAI tracks statements, non-statements, and the track records of each presidential candidate on the issues we care about most. Click on an issue to read what Eric Swalwell has said on the campaign trail. 

For our take on why these are the 12 issues that are most important to our community, read here.

DOMESTIC POLICY

Democracy Reforms

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Bigoted Speech

Hate Crime

NO BAN Act

Immigration

Surveillance

Criminal Justice Reform

FOREIGN POLICY

Iran Tensions

Israel Palestine

U.S. Role in the Arab World

Ongoing Conflicts


DOMESTIC POLICY


Democracy Reforms  

Under Construction. If you'd like to submit a statement to appear on this website, please email our Communications Team.  


 

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties 

  •  Everyone should be treated equally under the law. Love is love and I’m thrilled the Supreme Court agrees. We should all have the same chance to live up to our given potential. Discrimination based on race, creed, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity simply has no place in modern society, and we must do all we can to stamp it out. (Swalwell House Office Website)
  • "In the 113th Congress: I cosponsored H.R. 1755, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). This bill would ban discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. I cosponsored H.R. 3560, the Universal Racial Profiling Elimination Standards, and Procedures for Effective Constitutional Rights Training (RESPECT) Act. This bill would prohibit law enforcement and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant recipients from engaging in racial profiling, require training to fight racial profiling for DHS, and collect data on racial profiling. I signed a letter to the Departments of Education and Justice asking for the federal government to explore ways it can better protect Sikh children from harassment and bullying." (Swalwell House Office Website)

  Securitization and Surveillance 

No statements recorded. If you'd like to submit a statement to appear on this website, please email our Communications Team. 


Hate Crime  

  • "...Hate crimes like this are happening more frequently, egged on by careless hate-filled rhetoric. We start reducing these crimes by rejecting the speech - neither can ever be accepted as normal." (1/29/19, Twitter)

Criminal Justice Reform 

No statements recorded. If you'd like to submit a statement to appear on this website, please email our Communications Team. 


Bigoted Speech: Instances of Condemnation and/or Use 

 No statements recorded. If you'd like to submit a statement to appear on this website, please email our Communications Team. 


Immigration 

  • “I think undocumented immigrants need a path to citizenship in the United States.” (6/19/19, New York Times) 
  • “Our immigration system is fundamentally broken and needs comprehensive reform to be brought into the 21st century. We must provide a road map so that undocumented workers can earn legalized status and citizenship, reduce backlogs and allow families to be reunited, pass the DREAM Act so kids brought here years ago can have the same opportunities as everyone else, and they allow businesses, like those in the high-technology sector, to attract and retain workers from abroad when domestic talent is not available. Comprehensive reform also must include improvements to secure our borders and remove from this country undocumented immigrants who have committed serious crimes after they serve their sentences.  I am confident that I can adopt reforms that would provide a way to bring undocumented workers out of the shadows, allow our economy to utilize the best and brightest human capital, and impose meaningful border security.” (Swalwell House Office website) 

 

NO BAN Act 

Eric Swalwell is a cosponsor of the NO BAN Act, H.R. 2214. (Congress.gov) 

  • “I am a cosponsor of H.R 4271, which would prohibit the use of any funds or fees to implement President Trump’s executive order blocking causing the separation of 4.4 million family members from U.S citizens and green card holders.” (Swalwell House Office website) 

FOREIGN POLICY 


Israel/Palestine 

  • "Israel is a country that needs to work with the Palestinian people to find a two-state solution. I support putting the US back into the UN commission on human rights, I support increasing aid to the Palestinian people, and I’m gonna fire Jared Kushner on day one, because he has no business being on the job of seeking a two-state solution or finding peace in the Middle East. It requires serious scholars and a serious leader committed to having it happen. That’s what I’m gonna do on day one on that issue. Reporter: Sort of, within the large issue of the two-state solution, do you feel that, are you personally satisfied that Israel meets human rights standards? Swalwell: "I would like to see Israel not conduct any further settlements into the West Bank, I don’t oppose any geographical changes in either region, Israel or the Palestinian area, until we have a two-state solution, and so I would press both sides, the Palestinians to sort out who speaks for them, whether it’s the PA or Hamas, and for the Israelis to negotiate and have a partner on the other side to seek that two-state solution. But I’m more interested in the future, I’m not gonna go back into the past because the future depends on a stable and secure Middle East." (06/19/19, The New York Times) 
  • For decades, American presidents and Israeli prime ministers of all political partied have publicly supported and worked toward attaining peace agreement that recognize Israel’s right to exist as a democratic Jewish state and establishes a demilitarized Palestinian state, coexisting side-by-side in peace and security. Today, we remain convinced that a two-state solution is the only outcome that would quell ongoing incidents of violence, maintain Israel as a secure, Jewish and democratic state, and provide a just and stable future for the Palestinians. It is our belief that a one-state outcome risks destroying Israel’s Jewish and democratic character, denies the Palestinians embroiled in an endless and intractable conflict for generations to come.” (4/9/2019, Jewish News Syndicate) 
  • "I was 10 when Iraq sent Scud missiles into Israel. I was confused & asked my Dad who Israel was and why we’d defend them. 'They’re one of our best friends in the world. And you always stand with your friends.' I’m still for this partnership today & anyone seeking to strengthen it." (2/11/19, Twitter)

Iran Tensions 

  • “Iran poses a danger to the United States and the entire world, and given its rhetoric and past conduct, is an existential threat to Israel. Iran must not be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons. I support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on nuclear arms reached in 2015 by Iran, China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. With U.S participation in this agreement, one of the two things will happen: We will play a leadership role is dismantling Iran’s nuclear capabilities, or when a violation occurs, we will be able to take action against Iran with international cooperation. Both scenarios are more desirable than alienating ourselves from the world and acting alone.” (Swalwell House Office website) 
  • “I cosponsored H.R 850, the Nuclear Iran Prevention act. This bill would strengthen the President’s ability to enforce the crippling sanctions against Iran by barring any country that does business with Iran from pursuing business in the United States.” (Swalwell House Office website 

 

U.S. Presence in the Arab World 

  • “Support for human rights is an important part of promoting peace, security, democracy, and the rule of law. Every person, regardless of where they live, deserves an equal opportunity to succeed. I will continue to promote policies that stand up for the rights of all individuals around the world. And, I support the United States’ continued to promote policies that stand up for the rights of all individuals around the world. And, I support the United States’ continued leadership to help ensure that all countries live up to their promises on human rights.” (Swalwell House Office website 

 

Ongoing Conflicts  

No statements recorded. If you'd like to submit a statement to appear on this website, please email our Communications Team. 


 

comments powered by Disqus