This month LUPE is preparing to begin another big GOTV campaign. Although it may be hard to see, election results have a major impact on the lives of immigrants and colonia residents, as there are major differences between candidates on issues that matter to LUPE members.
This year, the outcome of the upcoming presidential and senatorial elections will be particularly important for Dreamers. In the US Senators race in Texas, Republican Candidate Ted Cruz says he wants to give more power to police officers to ask about immigration status, and triple the size of the Border Patrol. He also wants to defund, repeal and replace federal healthcare, including Medicare and Medicaid, with a free-market system whose number one priority is profit, rather than providing quality and affordable healthcare. And his support of tax cuts for the wealthiest American elite would put even more of the tax burden on working families. Hear more from Ted Cruz on the issues here.
Candidate Paul Sadler, Cruz’s Democratic opponent for the US Senate seat from Texas, supports the DREAM Act and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented Americans of all ages. He supports Obamacare and quality healthcare for all, and wants the wealthiest American millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share of taxes. Hear more from Paul Sadler on the issues here.
At the presidential level, President Obama implemented Deferred Action and has publicly advocated for passage of the DREAM Act. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has said that he would veto the DREAM Act if he were president. His selection for Vice President, Paul Ryan, authored a congressional budget bill that would dismantle Medicare, privatize social security and cut taxes for millionaires while raising taxes on working families. And while both parties are at fault for the drastic increase of deportations, those politicians will have to see higher turnout of Latino voters before they begin to use their power to decrease Border Patrol and ICE persecution of immigrants.
Volunteer to get out the vote by contacting your nearest LUPE office or your organizer today.