Undocumented Youth Launch Campaign to Motivate and Educate Latino Voters

“Latino voters will be our voice in the polls in 2012!”

This Thursday, DREAMers from Arizona New York, Florida and Maryland, advocates and lawmakers gathered in the shade of the Capitol Building to celebrate the launching of DRM and iDREAM’s newest campaign, Su Voz Mi Voto.

This campaign will motivate and educate registered Latino voters, asking them to pledge to vote for their undocumented friends and family.

“I can not vote because I am undocumented, but my whole family has promised me that they will vote in this elections because they want the best for me. Thay have pledge to vote for me, to listen to me, to let me inform them and educate them on candidates who are willing to support the DREAM Act. And I am not alone. Hundreths of youth in Arizona and across the country will come out, just like we did against Russell Pearce, to knock on doors and use social media to turn Arizona into the state we want” said Erick Garcia

Watch his video here: http://www.suvozmivoto.com/

Congressman in Support of Students/Picture DACG.Undocumented immigrants, such as Erik Garcia, came out to share their stories and show the pledge cards which their friends and families had signed.

Following Garcia, Jose Manuel, a DREAMer who graduated law school, talked about the Marco Rubio bill, asking that Rubio step up and lead his party to counter the deportation strategy held by the Obama White House.

At the same time, he expressed his concern about the possibility of the future bill becoming a Latino vote pandering attempt in an electoral year.

Chairman Charles Gonzalez, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman, Representative Luis Gutierrez, Immigration Task for Chairman and 6 other members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus came out to show their support.

They stepped up to the podium and shared their opinions and perspectives on the possibility of DREAM legislation, the fact that they were elected by Latino voters, and how, considering the demographics, the Latino vote will ultimately decide the next President.

“We will be watching both parties, educating the Latino community and making sure that this issue is not used as a political football to gain votes. Further, Rubio must demonstrate that he can deliver the House to indicate that he is serious about his proposal,” Cesar Vargas, himself an undocumented immigrant and founder of DRM, said in closing remarks.


About Ramón Jiménez

Ramón Jiménez, actual Managing Editor de MetroLatinoUSA. Periodista que cubre eventos de las comunidades latinas en Washington D.C., Maryland y Virginia. Graduado de la Escuela de Periodismo de la Universidad del Distrito de Columbia. Galardonado en numerosas ocasiones por parte de la Asociación Nacional de Publicaciones Hispanas (NAHP) y otras organizaciones comunitarias y deportivas de la región metropolitana de esta capital. También premiado en dos ocasiones como Mejor Periodista del Año por la cobertura de la comunidad salvadoreña; premios otorgados por la Oficina de Asuntos Latinos del Alcalde de Washington (OLA) y otras organizaciones. Ha sido miembro del jurado calificador en diferentes concursos literarios, de belleza y talento en la región metropolitana. Ha visitado zonas de desastre en Nicaragua, Honduras y El Salvador e invitado a esos países por organizaciones que asisten a personas de escasos recursos económicos. Antes trabajó en otros medios de prensa de Virginia y Washington, D.C., incluyendo reportajes para una agencia noticiosa mundial.

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