Last week’s election makes one thing clear: With our vote we have an undeniable power to demand real leadership in Washington to take charge on comprehensive immigration reform.
Last week, President Obama won four more years in the White House—a victory that would not have been possible without the support of the immigrant community and its allies.
The results of the election make one thing clear: America has changed, and we helped to change it. Along with dozens of immigrant rights organizations, unions and dedicated individuals around the country, we helped to register voters, and help people find their polling places before the election. The proof of our work is in the historic numbers of immigrant and Latino voters that cast their ballots. For the first time our vote makes up a double-digit percentage of total national turnout.
In Maryland, our allies turned out to secure an incredible victory for immigrant students by ensuring that the state’s DREAM Act would not be repealed. Most importantly, we turned out for our families. We supported candidates who stood for our issues, and rejected anti-immigrant hardliners who promised to obstruct progress on reform.
News outlets across the country are reporting what we have known all along: that with our vote, we have an undeniable power to demand real leadership in Washington to take charge on comprehensive immigration reform. While campaigning, President Obama spoke of achieving immigration reform as a top priority of his second term – he even mentioned it in his acceptance speech last night. Now, it’s up to us to hold him to his promise, to pressure Congress to support reform, and to ensure that words become action.
Our work begins now. Send your message now to call on President Obama to lead the charge on day one to fight for reform that puts an end to record-number deportations and patchwork immigration policies, and ensures dignity and unity for every family.