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Letter to the Editor: TIME TO FIGHT BACK!

By Federico Pena

“Deport millions, end citizenship for U.S. born children of immigrants, Mexico is sending us criminals, drug dealers, rapists” and so on. This is the anti-immigrant vitriol we hear daily during this presidential election cycle. The current administration has deported record numbers and separated families across the country. The U.S. Congress has failed to pass comprehensive immigration reform, though a majority of Americans support it. What is most discouraging is the lack of a thundering, nationwide wide response to anti-immigrant attacks. It is time to fight back. WE CAN MAKE IT STOP IN COLORADO!

The next Republican presidential debate is on October 28 on the C.U. Boulder campus. A group of Latino leaders has been galvanized to host a massive rally in response to this hateful rhetoric and launch an unprecedented 12-month voter registration campaign. We are calling this effort “My Country, My Vote” because we make the difference.

Immigrants have made positive contributions to our country for centuries. More importantly, immigrants will be the foundation for the future economic, political and military strength of America.

“My Country, My Vote” will remind these same politicians that immigrants, their loved ones, and their allies are voters. This is especially true of Latinos who will make up 29 percent of our country by 2060. Many politicians seem to forget that Latinos elected the current President in key battleground states with strong political power. It’s time to remind them once again…big time!

“My Country, My Vote” will take place at Farrand Field at CU Boulder from 5 - 7pm, (gates open at 4) just a few hundred yards from the Republican presidential primary debate.

We will register voters and demonstrate the power of the immigrant, Latino, and allied communities. The great Dolores Huerta will inspire us, and other national and local leaders will speak the truth about the contributions of immigrants.

We demand that our next President and Congress make passage of fair and comprehensive immigration reform a priority during the first 100 days of a new presidential term.

Join us at the October 28th rally. will have details on transportation, volunteering and voter registration.

If you are as outraged as I am, it is time to act. Are you in?

Federico Pena is the former Mayor of Denver and a former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and Energy





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