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Local Legislative Update: Florida’s Anti-Immigrant Legislation has Deep Ties to Hate Group, and Advocates Fight Back

Anti-immigrant groups this year saw a new opening in Florida to pass their xenophobic legislative goals after Ron DeSantis, an anti-immigrant extremist and Donald Trump sycophant, narrowly won the gubernatorial election in 2018. Floridians for Immigration Enforcement (FLIMEN), a local anti-immigrant group, has been pushing Florida legislators to advance their extremist legislation since 2011.  Two … Continue reading »

Florida Families and Advocates Rally Against SB168/HB527

Here is a recording of the call. Earlier today, Florida families and advocates came together after protesting in the state’s capital to oppose the harmful, anti-immigrant state bills SB168/HB527. Those impacted by the policies as well as allies and advocates agree the proposed legislation would strip the civil liberties of millions of U.S. citizens and … Continue reading »

PHOTOS: Florida Advocates Rally Against Anti-Immigrant SB 168

Today, over 300 Florida families, agricultural workers, faith leaders, educators, immigrant youth, led by the Florida Immigrant Coalition, United We Dream, and other advocates are coming together in the state capitol to oppose a new anti-immigrant bill, SB 168 / HB 527. The advocates have spent the last few days asking lawmakers to oppose the … Continue reading »

Local Voices Call on GOP Senators to Stand with Constitution and American People Against Trump’s Border Wall Power Grab

Trump’s national emergency declaration to build his border wall is facing stiff headwinds around the country. Public opinion is running strongly against the President putting GOP Senators in a bind: stand with voters or stand with the President, whose Twitter finger they fear.  America’s Voice just launched digital ads to target specific Senators ahead of … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Politico Magazine on Florida Democrats’ Hispanic Problem

Engaging Hispanic Voters is an Authentic, Sustained, Hands-On Effort… When Will Dems Learn?  An in-depth story in Politico Magazine by Michael Grunwald and Marc Caputo captures the unique challenges in Florida facing the Democratic Party and its failure to sufficiently engage with the state’s diverse Hispanic electorate. Coming on the heels of an election cycle … Continue reading »

Bill Nelson and Rick Scott Need to Address Florida TPS Holders Facing Imminent Deportation During Tonight’s US Senate Debate

As Florida Governor Rick Scott and U.S. Senator Bill Nelson prepare to debate in the race to represent Florida in the U.S. Senate, Frank Sharry, America’s Voice Executive Director and Founder, issued the below statement: The Trump Administration terminated the Temporary Protected Status for more than 300,000 TPS holders from Nicaragua, Haiti, El Salvador and … Continue reading »

Anti-Muslim Activist David Horowitz Has Inspired Ron DeSantis and Stephen Miller, Reports Say

An official in the Trump Administration and a Republican candidate for governor have been promoting ideas by leading anti-Muslim activist David Horowitz, according to reports from the past several months. Horowitz’s ideas have played an important role senior advisor and white nationalist Stephen Miller’s thinking, while Ron DeSantis, Florida’s Republican gubernatorial candidate, has praised Horowitz’s … Continue reading »

Huffpost: “Ron DeSantis’ Choice Of A Latina Running Mate Is A Pathetic Pandering Attempt”

In his latest column for HuffPost, America’s Voice Communications Manager and DACA-recipient Juan Escalante calls Ron DeSantis’ decision to pick Jeanette Nuñez as his number two in the Florida gubernatorial race “a favorite and familiar tactic of Republicans to deceive voters on the cruelty of their agenda and distract them from their extremist positions.” Escalante’s … Continue reading »

Big Issues, Core Values, and Grassroots Organizing: Taking Stock of Andrew Gillum’s Victory and Implications

Greg Sargent Take is Essential Reading on The Democratic Party’s Future Andrew Gillum’s upset win in the Florida Democratic gubernatorial primary carries with it several big lessons for the current political moment, including that candidates who unapologetically run on big issues, fundamental values, and a grassroots organizing model can energize a broad-based coalition of the … Continue reading »

Trump’s Deportation Force Jails DACA-Eligible Florida Man With Down Syndrome

The Florida Immigrant Coalition is reporting that during a recent raid in Fort Pierce, FL, Trump’s deportation agents arrested 28 workers and community members, including Juan Gaspar-García, a DACA-eligible Florida resident with diabetes and Down syndrome. As Gaspar-García’s sister, Dolores explained “My brother does not have the ability to understand certain situations without a proper … Continue reading »