FIOB Urges Voters go Against Anti-immigrant Candidates

October 31, 2010 at

Los Angeles, California .- The Binational Front of Indigenous Organizations (FIOB), makes a call to people in the community who can vote, to do so openly to curb anti-immigrant positions of Republican candidates Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina at the next November 2 elections. We also make a call to stand together and vote for Jerry Brown for governor and Barbara Boxer for the U.S. Senate.

Meg Whitman.

The United States was founded as a nation of immigrants. However, it is ironic that many of these same migrants after settling in, feel ownership of this country and reject every new wave of new immigrants. It is almost a rite that each new group has to bear the contempt and hostility of many citizens who quickly forget their own history of migration.

This history of rejection and hostility is being repeated again so clearly and brutal in the speech of the Republican candidate for governor of California Meg Whitman and the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, Carly Fiorina. Both candidates have no qualms about blaming immigrants and undocumented migrants about everything bad that happens in California and even the country.

That hatred that they promote in their speeches and the dehumanizing attitude of wanting to deny millions of vulnerable people, the slightest respect for human rights- is a deplorable and dangerous to win a political position. This speech not only refuses to end any attempt to recognize the economic, social and cultural contribution of immigrants, but robs us of our dignity as workers, parents and human beings.

Carly Fiorina.

It is unpleasant to see the hypocrisy of Meg Whitman, who won the June primary elections to her Republican opponent at the expense of immigrant by promising to do away with sanctuary cities, (i.e. those cities supporting immigrants). She also promised to end support for undocumented students in universities and expressed her support to the anti-immigrant law in the state of Arizona.

Right after the primaries, without wasting time, Whitman began courting Latino voters and showed us her other face by promoting in Spanish media that she would create more jobs and educational opportunities for Latinos. Whitman seems not to know that the Latino and immigrant community also are aware of the English media and understand clearly what is her message in English and what is the message she projects to the Latino community in Spanish.

FIOB believes that the Republican party's candidate in California has shown a great hypocrisy to have hired the Mexican Nicandra Diaz for almost a decade for her domestic work and having refused to support to legalize her status once whe supposedly knew Mrs. Diaz was undocumented.

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Whitman has also spoken against the Dream Act, which proposes the legalization of undocumented young people who start a career at a university and that would otherwise not have access to higher education. Whitman said she was sorry, but she preferred to encourage citizens and not grant this privilege of a college education to illegal immigrants.

The FIOB is convinced that a person who thinks they can use other people when needed and discard them once they are not useful anymore, is rightly not a good option to govern the state. A leader must be sensitive to the feelings of the people, whether they are undocumented workers or U.S. citizens, they are also part of the social structure of this nation and they contribute to the economy of the country. People like Whitman wants the abuse to illegal immigrants remains in the dark, as she did with Nicandra Diaz so people less fortunate never have access to the benefits enjoyed by other citizens but they should be exploited and deported when their presence is inconvenient.
Bárbara Boxer. Fair Laws.

FIOB condemns anti-immigrant politicians and makes a call to our brothers and sisters to vote against Whitman and Fiorina because we believe that they wouldn't favor policies that benefit our Latino communities en California, and for the contrary, they would promote and enact more anti-inmigrant laws.
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