In a victory for #PeopleLikeUs, the Texas secretary of state has agreed to end his discriminatory and flawed review of voter rolls for supposed non-citizens that a federal judge said unfairly targeted naturalized American citizens. The probe questioned the citizenship status of almost 100,000 registered voters, enough to swing an election. Texas has a long history of suppressing voters of color, and this was just the latest assault on our rights.
In Florida, one in five people is an immigrant, meaning more than four million immigrants call the state home. However, lawmakers in the state still insist on peddling Trump’s anti-immigrant policies, the latest of which is a ban on sanctuary cities. Forcing local law enforcement to implement ICE’s unjust detention policies would cause immediate, harmful consequences for immigrant families and communities of color.
The President and his administration are escalating their policy attacks on immigrants and refugees, going to extremes to fund his anti-immigrant agenda. He stole from FEMA to supercharge ICE. He declared a fake national emergency to get billions of dollars for a border wall. And his list of potential nominees to lead the Department of Homeland Security include anti-immigrant extremists. It’s time to put an end to the assault on #PeopleLikeUs. Tell Chair of the House Appropriations Committee Nita Lowey: No slush fund for ICE and CBP.
NAL Founder and President Sayu Bhojwani spoke at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University this week about diversity in politics, representation, and her book, People Like Us: The New Wave of Candidates Knocking At Democracy’s Door. “When one of us gets elected, it gives inspiration to others in the community…By being at the table we change the menu. We change the conversation. We bring our different perspectives.” Watch the full conversation here.