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Immigrant and Latino Voters to GOP Candidates: We Hate You Too

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 6, 2015
CONTACT: Carlos Vogel, (202)239-2133, cvogel@communitychange.org

The following statement is from Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) in response to the first 2016 GOP presidential debate.

“In a stunning display of hateful political posturing, GOP candidates attacked American immigrant families at every turn.

“Our response is simple: You hate on us, and we’ll return the sentiment in the voting booth. No candidate can win the White House without immigrant and Latino voters. Period. They should have learned this in 2008 and 2012, but clearly they need a remedial course in electoral politics. If you alienate the fastest growing voting block in American you cannot win today and you cannot survive tomorrow.

“No single candidate presented a realistic and actionable plan to address the 11 million undocumented people in our country in a manner that lives up to America’s values of fairness, family and opportunity. Instead, these candidates are in a race to the bottom to distinguish their extreme anti-immigrant credentials with calls for mass deportation, harsh border enforcement and raids on immigrant families.

“Even candidates who billed themselves as moderate on immigration were quick to brandish their anti-immigrant credentials. Jeb Bush quickly pivoted to border protection...

Inmigrantes y Votantes Latinos a Candidatos Republicanos: También Los Odiamos

Para Distribución Inmediata: Agosto 6 del 2015
CONTACTO: Carlos Vogel, (202) 239-2133, cvogel@communitychange.org

WASHINGTON, D. C. – La siguiente es una declaración de Kica Matos, portavoz del Movimiento para una Reforma Migratoria Justa (FIRM) en respuesta al primer debate presidencial  del 2016 de los candidatos republicanos.

“En una sorprendente muestra de odio político, los candidatos republicanos atacaron a las familias inmigrantes americanas en todo momento.

“Nuestra respuesta es simple: si nos odian, nosotros les devolveremos ese mismo sentimiento en las mesas de votación. Ningún candidato podrá ganar la Casa Blanca sin el voto de los inmigrantes y latinos, punto. Deberían haber aprendido la lección  en el 2008 y 2012, pero es evidente que es necesario un curso de nivelación en política electoral. Si rechazan el grupo de votantes de mayor crecimiento en los Estados Unidos,  no podrán ganar hoy y no podrán sobrevivir mañana.

“Ninguno de los candidatos presentó un plan de acción realista que cobije a los 11 millones de indocumentados en el país de una forma que esté a la altura de los valores americanos de equidad, familia y oportunidad. Al contrario, los candidatos están en una carrera para demostrar sus credenciales anti inmigrantes con llamados a la deportación masiva, el fortalecimiento...

DEAR GOP DEBATERS: THE FASTEST GROWING SEGMENT OF THE US ELECTORATE WILL BE WATCHING YOU!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, August 6, 2015
CONTACT: Carlos Vogel, (202) 239-2133, cvogel@communitychange.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The following is a statement from Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) in anticipation of the Fox News first 2016 GOP Presidential Debate taking place at 9 p.m. tomorrow in Cleveland, Ohio.

“Latino, Asian, and immigrant families are fighting back against the hate spewing from the far right.  We are families.  We are voters. We have memories. We are highly engaged in the national debate over immigration reform and expect to hear real solutions for the families that work hard and contribute every day to America’s economy and communities.  The enforcement only solution pushed by Mitt Romney played a central role in his defeat and such approached will not work in 2016 either.

“The American people crave real solutions to our broken immigration system. We want to hear what realistic and actionable plan each candidate has that keep families together. We demand nothing less than a commitment to support legislation which includes a path to citizenship that is accessible and viable for the 11 million undocumented in the country as well as policies that preserve family unity as the cornerstone of our nation’s values.

“Spewing hatred to appeal to a narrow...

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