With His Latest Policy Roll-Out, Martin O’Malley Continues to Lead the 2016 Presidential Field on Immigrant Rights

With His Latest Policy Roll-Out, Martin O’Malley Continues to Lead the 2016 Presidential Field on Immigrant Rights

Former Maryland governor’s plan to support New Americans is the most detailed and ambitious of any candidate on the issue; Contrasts sharply with candidates from the party of Donald Trump  

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley laid out a detailed set of immigration policy proposals he would pursue if elected president by “welcoming New Americans to rebuild the American Dream”. In response, below are remarks from Lupe Lopez, Executive Director of the Alliance for Citizenship:

“With his bold new plan to advance immigrant rights as President, Martin O’Malley has raised the bar for candidates looking to earn the support of the immigrant community. Not only does his plan include a full and equal pathway to citizenship for hardworking immigrant families, but also commits to expand actions that keep families together, makes it easier for families to reunite, would end detention for those who don’t pose a threat to society, and would expand healthcare to DREAMers and immigrant workers.” 

“The bold leadership that O’Malley has once again taken on this issue stands in sharp contrast to the political gamesmanship, name calling, and hateful attacks of many GOP candidates for President. Instead of laying out serious plans for legislative and executive action on immigration like O’Malley has now done, leading Republican candidates like Donald Trump, Scott Walker, and Jeb Bush have done nothing to seriously address the immigration issue – except make headlines for offending entire segments of the U.S. population.”

“The candidates’ positions on immigration are becoming clearer than ever, and all those running for president must choose – will they, like O’Malley, establish a clear, concrete plan for reforms that will benefit millions of immigrant families? Will they have the courage to stand up to anti-immigrant voices on the campaign trail? Or will they side with the extremists in the Republican party as a cheap way to earn anti-immigrant votes? Regardless, Latino, Asian-American and immigrant voters will remember in November of 2016. “

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