Legislative District 39, State Senator — Claus Joens

Claus Joens (Courtesy Photo)

What are specific ways you have helped people of color and/or the immigrant community?

I am a high school teacher with zero tolerance of HIB of any kind. Since I work with children, specific details would be inappropriate.

What is the biggest legislative priority for communities of color and the immigrant community in the next few years? Do you think there are legislative concerns that are unique to these communities?

The 14th Amendment was passed 150 years ago this year. It is offensive to me that you have to ask this question. There are only two kinds of people in the 39th District, residents and guests. Both are to be treated with equal dignity and respect. If any community of immigrants or color has any problem, I will be happy to fulfill my oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against ALL enemies, both foreign and domestic.

What are specific ways that the office you seek would affect communities of color and the immigrant community, if you are elected?

People like to say we are a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. In order for this to be true, this has to mean all the people all the time, not just the people who fund your campaign and only when convenient. Many politicians seem to suffer from a memory of convenience, as they deny deceit, but actions are taken that subordinate people of color and immigrants. I was raised by my German grandparents, and yes they were both immigrants. They were no less American than I am, for only Native Americans are non-immigrants. These communities must be heard, and heard on par with every other community in our state. We are all Americans and we are all on the same team. One choir with many voices will always be stronger than one voice, however strong.