Hillary Clinton Can Be The 2016 Standout Candidate for Latino, Asian Voters if She Embraces Path to Citizenship and Publicly Defends Executive Immigration Action
Immigration Reform Remains a Personal Issue Motivating Immigrant Voters - Who Could Be the Decisive Electorate in Choosing the Next President
WASHINGTON, DC – As Hillary Clinton makes her bid for the White House official today, the question among immigrant rights advocates is whether the Democratic frontrunner will come out early and firmly for a path to citizenship and stand up for the recent executive immigration actions that are temporarily blocked by the Courts. Immigrant families and allies are saying it’s the only way any 2016 candidate will be able to secure the loyalty of the coveted new "rising American electorate”.
Below are remarks from Lupe Lopez, the Executive Director of the Alliance for Citizenship:
“After nearly six years focused on American foreign engagement in the world as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton now has the opportunity to demonstrate her leadership on one of America’s key domestic priorities—immigration reform.
“The immigrant rights movement hopes Clinton will not standby and be silent to the anti-immigrant attacks that have plagued the Republican-led Congress, that are beginning to spill into the campaign trail. Instead, we urge the Democratic frontrunner to use her national platform to publicly defend the recent executive immigration actions temporarily blocked in the courts and to advance immigration reform with a permanent solution, as well as highlight the significant benefits reform will bring to the U.S. economy.
“Any serious candidate for President knows that the road to the White House runs right through the Latino, Asian, and immigrant communities. We hope each candidate realizes it’s not only the candidate’s position on immigration reform that matters, but more importantly, the intensity to which a candidate embraces this personal issue that affects immigrant families that will determine if they turn out to vote, and whether they'll get their families and friends to do the same.”