Things are about to shake up in the state of Michigan. A former illegal immigrant and avid Trump supporter has announced her bid for the 11th Congressional District, challenging Democratic Rep. Haley Stevens. Whittney Williams lived on an expired visa for 16 years and married into citizenship, but she says her experience as a migrant is exactly what inspired her to run for office.
“I am running for Congress in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District because I love our country, believe in the American Dream, and want to fight back against the radical left’s socialist agenda. This country has given me everything, and I hope to have the opportunity to give back by defending the Constitution and our fundamental American values.”
Williams’ website states that “Whittney is running on a pro-America, anti-socialist agenda.” Her campaign video shows a picture of the Squad as she says she wants to “fight back against the radical left’s socialist agenda.”
Williams came to the United States from Taiwan at the age of ten. After her parents’ visas expired, the family continued to stay illegally. The young Republican said she had to live in the shadows as an illegal immigrant for 16 years and would not wish that experience on anyone. “Politicians knew of [people like my family]. They called us ‘Dreamers’, and quite frankly, used us as political props for their own personal gain,” she said. “Rather than solving obvious problems like immigration, career politicians too often look the other way at everyone else’s expense.”
“When I go to Congress as a pro life conservative who supports strong border security, Democrats are going to have a hard time using their typical playbook against me.”
According to the Daily Caller, the immigrant family was very poor and Williams grew up in California eating 29-cent McDonald’s cheeseburgers that were stacked inside the refrigerator. A trashcan was used as her closet. Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance repeatedly was the way she learned to speak English. Joining the military was out of the question because of her immigration status, so Williams chose college, where she had to pay international tuition rates.
Williams holds a Master of Science in Strategic Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations from Purdue University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet Performance from the University of Utah. Currently, she lives in Canton, MI, and serves at the Director of Diversity for the 11th Congressional District Republican Committee. In 2018, she was elected as a Canton Township Precinct Delicate.
Her platform issues include:
- Pro-America and anti-socialism.
- Pro border security.
- Supports modernizing the immigration system.
- Pro-Second Amendment.
- Supports smaller government, lower taxes, and less regulation.
- Supports quality, affordable, and accessible health care.
- Pro-energy independence.
- Supports modernizing infrastructure.
- Pro-fair trade.
- Supports “our troops,” first responders, and veterans.
- Pro-individualized education, not a top-down approach.
Williams’ website states she is a veteran of the automotive industry and has spent the last several years traveling the country as a US auto show product specialist. She is also a professional actress and model. She gives credit for her success and achievements to the country and praises the Trump administration:
“With record employment and the best economy in the country’s history, the current administration is making it possible for more Americans than ever to achieve their American dreams.”
Her proudest day, she says, was the day she married the love of her life and became a citizen, yet the circumstances behind her citizenship may well be her undoing. Despite the fact that she was only ten when her parents brought her here, Williams can expect opposition to the fact that she lived in the US illegally for so long and only became a citizen through marriage. If the Twitter responses to her announcement are any indication, she has a long, hard, and likely hate-filled road ahead of her.