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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 while attacking immigrant families. No one dared to stand up for immigrant families. The GOP debate was a profile in cowardice.

“Immigrant and Latino voters are paying close attention to the national debate over immigration reform and what the candidates are saying – or not saying – about how they will approach the issue. Keeping families together must be the cornerstone of our nation’s immigration policy.

“Spewing hateful rhetoric to appeal to a narrow class of racist, xenophobic voters is not a strategy worthy of anyone running for president.  All Americans expect more and Latino and immigrant voters will demand more.”

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