FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 5, 2014
DeeDee Garcia Blase, Communications – 480-200-3748
Independent Voters to Republican Party: Halt Immigration Reform and We Will Halt Your Power in 2014 Elections
Phoenix, AZ — Republicans are warning President Obama that if he halts immigrant deportations then the GOP will halt immigration reform. But the Republican Party has already halted immigration reform as Mexican-Americans / Latinos, Women and Independent voters have noted it has been over 7 months since the Democratic-controlled Senate passed a historic comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) bill in 2013 while the Republican-led House of Representatives have not submitted a bill that will fix the clearly broken immigration system.
Since Republicans are making political threats, SOMOS INDEPENDENTS — a Mexican-American / Latina and Independent women-led voter group are making it clear to the Republican Party the following:
1) Women represent 50.8% of the U.S. voter and matriarchs within the Mexican-American / Latino voters are tired of hearing stories where mothers are pulled away from their U.S. born children who are left behind while parents get deported. Women know the Republican-led House of Representatives are already halting progress and we will continue to inform our base and women voters to this regard. We believe the Tea Party Republicans need to be voted out come November 2014 elections so that we can work on a better deal after they are ousted.
2) According to the Tax Lawyer, a paper published by Section of Taxation, American bar Association with the assistance of Georgetown University Law Center:
“…each year undocumented immigrants add billions of dollars in sales, excise, property, income, and payroll taxes—including Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment taxes—to federal, state, and local coffers. 15 Hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants file annual federal and state income tax returns…”
Yet, some of those taxes paid by undocumented immigrants help the U.S. pay $30 billion is being given to foreign aid while our Republican-led House of Representatives drag their feet on Homeland Security issues with regard to fixing the broken immigration system. Fixing the broken immigration system here in our Homeland strengthens our National security and our relationships with our neighboring countries. Too much emphasis abroad rather than Homeland will drive the 2014 elections.
3) Our growing indepnendent voter group does not not support any “taxation without representation” ideas that are suggested in the Republican Immigration Preamble. Taxation without representation is a dangerous slippery slope and is un-American.
4) According to IVN: “The current Congress has an average 9.2 percent approval rating and 84.2 percent disapproval rating. … These numbers point to a grave problem: the House of Representatives is utterly unrepresentative.
5) We disapprove of the Republican Party using Rep. Luis Gutierrez as the go-to person on matters relating to immigration when in fact it was Rep. Gutierrez who told media Latinos would not vote during the 2012 elections. Gutierrez was proven wrong when Latino voters did vote in 2012 in rising numbers. As a get-out-the-vote effort we encourage Mexican-American / Latino / Chicano to become registered to vote and we do not appreciate it when Gutierrez (who is Puerto Rican) does not consult with Mexican-American Get Out The Vote leaders. Indeed those of Mexican descent account for almost 70% of the entire Latino population pie. National Radio Show Host via Carlos Galindo also believes Rep. Luis Gutierrez does not represent us.
Women, Mexican-AmericansWe are committed to voting out the Tea Party Republicans. As a get out the vote organization (where we put emphasis on Mexican-Americans, Latinos, women while organizing the growing independent registered voters) we have been successful in creating stronger coalitions with but not limited to the African-American community, the Asian community and Native Americans. We anticipate the Republican Party submitting an immigration bill that is reasonable and will not create an underclass or taxation without representation before the November 2014 elections. The more the GOP puts off a CIR bill, the more it will drive us to the polls out of righteous political anger reminiscent of the 2012 elections that cost the Republican Party the White House.
Somos Independents is a national group of key swing independent registered Independent voters led by Mexican-American women voters who support bipartisanship in our government that will help solve tough issues. We know the immigration issue is a federal matter and we rely on our Congress to fix the broken immigration system soon with legal immigration reform. We are organizing the growing independent registered voter group, and we realize college-aged students prefer registering themselves as independents rather than choosing a major political party. We believe in putting people before Party politics. Co-founders include a former Republican and a former Democratic voter.