FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
CONTACT: Carlos Vogel, (202) 239-2133, firstname.lastname@example.org
(WASHINGTON)–The following statement is from Sulma Arias, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) in response to the results of Super Tuesday primaries.
“In the face of Donald Trump’s victories tonight, our movement stands united and pledges to lock arms with every person in America who believes America is better than this. We harken back to the most important line of a song which once helped bring this country together to end segregation: We Are Not Afraid.
“Trump’s extraordinary bombast throughout the campaign, including calling some Mexican immigrants rapists, urging a ban on Muslims entering the country, calling for the massive deportation of 11 million hardworking immigrants, repealing DACA, ending birthright citizenship, and most recently refusing to disavow the support of David Duke–a white supremacist who once led the Ku Klux Klan–is inspiring immigrant voters, Latinos, African-Americans and justice loving allies in every corner to rise to the challenge of this debate.
“Many in the GOP establishment were squealing in the last days at the prospect of Donald Trump as their nominee. But they have none to blame but themselves. They could have stood up with courage to the worst elements of their base and passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill that would have put this issue to rest and instead they catered to racists and restrictionists. For decades they pursued policies to exclude women, people of color, immigrants and members of the LGBT community, to the point where they now can be apparently captured by nearly open appeal to white supremacy.
“Trump’s vitriol has been a wake-up call for young immigrants and it is inspiring them to get more politically active. There will be 27.3 million Latino eligible voters this November and Millennials make up almost half of that. The American electorate is changing rapidly. The Republican Party is not. Its obstructionist, segregationist approach to immigration reform and racial justice issues will alienate Latinos, Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) and other immigrant voters in 2016 and for the foreseeable future, particularly if Trump is at the top of the ticket.
“This is not the fight America should be having, but our families will fight back and we will win.”