Immigration Reform Movement to Newest 2016er: "Let us Introduce You to Your Party of Mass Deportation"
Will the Former Moderate NY Governor Stick with His Pro-Immigrant Ties & Track Record or Will He Mimic Others in 2016 GOP Field?
NEW YORK CITY, NY—During his tenure as Governor of New York, George Pataki held deep ties to the immigrant and refugee communities in his state and opposed anti-immigrant efforts in California and in other parts of the country. Yet, already in his return to the national political stage and his bid for the White House, Pataki is taking his cues from others in the anti-immigrant field of Republican candidates.
Below are remarks by Lupe Lopez, the Executive Director of the Alliance for Citizenship:
“George Pataki had a chance to distinguish himself from the rest of the Republican pack by confronting his Party’s “daunting demographic challenge” and embracing Latinos and immigrants. Rather than offering a real solution to our broken immigration system that includes a path to citizenship, not even a strong moderate and longtime friend to immigrants like Pataki is immune to the pressures of the Party of Mass Deportation, a.k.a. today’s Republican Party.
“Pataki buckled under the pressure and last week joined others in his Party calling for the repeal of immigration actions that would allow millions of immigrants to live, work, and stay with their families in America.
“Latino, Asian Pacific American, and immigrant voters are determined more than ever to make sure that voters in the fastest growing electorate know exactly where every 2016 candidate stands on this issue of immigration and hold those accountable who want to tear apart our families and communities.”
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