National Immigration Forum

Practical Solutions for Immigrants and America


New Citizen Voters Call for Immigration Solutions, not Immigration Demagoguery

November 05, 2008

Washington, DC – The following is a statement from Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan pro-immigrant advocacy group in Washington, DC.

The election is over and the results are in: Latinos and eligible immigrant voters turned out in record numbers for President-Elect Barack Obama.  We congratulate Senator Obama and his family on this momentous victory and welcome a new day for immigration reform.

Looking closely at news across the country we see that like the majority of Americans who went to the ballot box today, our nation’s economic crisis weighed heavy on the mind of immigrant voters.  Yet, it is also clear that by turning away from a Republican party who scapegoated immigrants, new American voters voted overwhelmingly Democratic and linked the economic crisis to the safety and sanctity of their families.

Quite simply, today, new citizen voters created a clear mandate for immigration reform and economic security for all Americans.

But our new President should not take for granted the support of the immigrant vote, because it is not an unconditional support. Unless we move beyond the stalemate towards a pragmatic approach to fix our broken immigration system through a workable solution that is tough, fair and realistic, then the new American vote will swing the other way.

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