Mi Familia Vota is a national organization working to unite the Latino community and its allies to ensure social and economic justice through increased civic participation
What Latino Civic Participation and Immigration Reform Mean for Colorado
By: Celia Reyes-Martínez
Colorado State Director for Mi Familia Vota Education Fund
Latinos clearly made their voices heard at the ballot box on November 6, 2012. A CNN exit poll showed that Latinos represented 14 percent of the electorate in Colorado. By the 2016 Presidential election, Latino voter eligibility is expected to increase by 35.9 percent, according to the Center for American Progress.
Mi Familia Vota Education Fund (MFV EF) is steadfast in our civic engagement plans by doubling our efforts on motivating thousands legal permanent residents to become U.S. citizens so that they can be part of the group that will exercise their right to vote in 2014 – the year we will hold those elected officials accountable for supporting or preventing commonsense immigration reform.
We will be at citizenship ceremonies across the state once those immigrants become citizens to register each and every one to vote. We will also engage hundreds of Hispanic youth that turn 18 every month by reaching them at schools, through youth groups, churches and other areas in their communities so that they too, register to vote and become part of the growing Latino electorate.
America deserves a fair immigration system that benefits our nation and state, reflects our values and makes sense for our economy and our families. After all, immigrants have shaped the American identity and contribute as taxpayers, costumers, entrepreneurs, and job creators.
We are asking Congress to do the right thing and pass a commonsense immigration reform that reflects our commitment to the values that define us as Americans and includes a roadmap to citizenship for the 11 million aspiring citizens living in the U.S. Let’s face it, voters want real solutions, not just political talk.
Legalizing immigrant workers in Colorado and increasing their spending power would add 20,000 jobs to the state’s economy and grow tax revenues by $297 million, according to an economic study by the Center for American Progress. If all new Americans were expelled from Colorado, the state would lose more than $1.3 billion in state revenues.
Through our outreach, education and resources, MFV EF is helping pave the way to ensure high levels of electoral involvement among the Latino community in 2014, and beyond. Showing our presence at the ballot box and electing pro-Latino officials that will represent our interests will show candidates the political influence we can have when we vote.
Now let’s work together to making possible a commonsense immigration reform in 2013 and continue to create a engaged Latino voting bloc that continues to influence top issues of concern for the Latino community.
You can take action today by calling your member of Congress, Senator Mark Udall or Senator Michael Bennet, at 1-877-848-8289 and ask for support on a commonsense immigration reform that provides a timely roadmap to citizenship. To receive more information, text NOW to 90975.
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