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Spanish Language Radio Ad Highlights Rep. Joe Heck’s Votes and Support for Donald Trump’s Pledge to End DACA Program
America’s Voice is launching a new Spanish language radio ad buy in Nevada, narrated by Nevada DREAMer Mara Vazquez, encouraging members of Nevada’s Latino community to get out and vote to protect the DACA program for DREAMers.
The ad, running on Las Vegas stations for the next two weeks, calls out Nevada Republican Senate candidate Joe Heck for backing Donald Trump’s pledge to end DACA on day one of his presidency, noting that Rep. Heck voted to end DACA on three different occasions. The ad contrasts Rep. Heck’s opposition to DACA with Democratic Senate candidate Catherine Cortez-Masto’s support for DREAMers. Click on this link to listen to the Nevada ad.
The new Nevada ad follows on the heels of new America’s Voice Spanish language radio ads in Florida, narrated by Florida DREAMer and America’s Voice staffer Juan Escalante, encouraging members of Florida’s Latino community to get out and vote to protect DACA and noting that Florida Senator Marco Rubio stands up Trump and his pledge to end DACA, while Democratic Senate candidate Patrick Murphy supports DREAMers.
Below is the English language translation of the Nevada ad:
Mara Vasquez: “I wasn’t born in the United States, but I grew up here. This is country I love, but I can’t vote for its future. DACA, which Obama implemented, lets me work without fear of deportation. However, Donald Trump has promised to eliminate it on his first day as president. Joe Heck agrees and has tried to scrap it three times. Catherine Cortez-Masto, on the other hand, has always stood by us. This November, if you are a citizen, vote to protect our future.” America’s Voice paid for and is responsible for the content of this advertising. americasvoice.org. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.
Below is the Spanish language transcript of the Nevada ad:
Mara Vasquez: “No nací en Estados Unidos, pero aquí crecí. Éste es el país que amo, sin embargo No puedo votar por su futuro. DACA— implementado por Obama— me permite trabajar sin miedo a ser deportada, pero Donald Trump quiere eliminarlo desde su primer día como presidente. Joe Heck está a favor de esto y ha intentado eliminarlo en tres ocasiones. En cambio, Catherine Cortez-Masto siempre ha estado de nuestro lado. Este noviembre, tú que eres ciudadano, Vota para proteger nuestro futuro.” America’s Voice pagó y es responsable por el contenido de este anuncio. americasvoice.org. No está autorizado por ningún candidato ni su comité.
Mara was born in Hidalgo, Mexico. When she was 8 months old, her dad emigrated to the United States, because her family barely had money to eat. After years of her family being separated, her dad decided to reunite them in the United States. Mara turned 8 years old only one month after they arrived in the United States. She proceeded on to graduate from high school and later enrolled in college. When her mom was diagnosed with a kidney disease, Mara unenrolled from school to care for her. Her life is now divided between work and her mom. She dreams of one day becoming a doctor to save lives and help people with similar conditions as her mom.
Mara originally became involved in the immigration reform movement because she knew that, for her mom, a deportation could mean death. Mara is a DREAMer, not because of her immigration status, but because of the size of her heart. She dreams of giving back to the country that she considers home. Mara is making her voice heard, because, while she may not be able to vote this election, she can still make certain her family’s voice is heard and that her family is protected.
With their futures and opportunities on the line with this election, DREAMers are speaking out and directly engaging members of the Latino and immigrant communities to participate and vote on behalf of the DREAMers’ futures. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which President Obama established after pressure from DREAMers, benefits approximately 13,000 DREAMers in Nevada and more than 741,000 DREAMers across the country. Donald Trump has pledged to immediately end the program if elected president. Rep. Joe Heck has voted to scrap DACA three different times.