June 14, 2013 –

Perera: Uniting families and communities only expands democracy & opportunity

MIAMI, FL – As debate over the Senate’s bipartisan immigration reform bill heats up, new data from Public Policy Polling released Thursday once again shows the overwhelming voter support for the legislation in Florida and across the nation.

According to the new survey, 72% of those polled said they strongly or somewhat support bipartisan immigration reform legislation being debated in Washington; with 74% of those polled saying that they were more likely to vote for an elected official who supports comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship. The poll was sponsored by the Alliance for Citizenship, Partnership for a New American Economy and Republicans for Immigration Reform, three organizations who represent the broad support for immigration reform from across the political spectrum.

“This study further demonstrates consistent public support for immigration reform that keeps families and communities together,” said Gihan Perera, Executive Director of Florida New Majority. “Yet, parts of the Republican Party are choosing to embrace the politics of dissention and division driven by a small minority in their conservative base. They would be better off listening to the clear message that the voters sent last November and to heed the evidence that is mounting in survey after survey: Florida voters support immigration reform. A strong policy to unite families and communities would only expand democracy and opportunity in our state.”

A diverse coalition of groups and organizations in Florida, including conservatives, businesses and immigrant rights advocates say that the new poll indicates that voters in Florida are ready for a commonsense solution to the country’s broken immigration system that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

“Poll after poll shows support for immigration reform with a path to citizenship, across party and racial lines,” said Maria Rodriguez, Executive Director for the Florida Immigrant Coalition at a Thursday press conference hosted by renowned journalist Helen Aguirre Ferre. Community groups, business leaders – we all understand that reform will expand the productive and consumptive capacity of immigrant families benefitting our state and national economy.”

PRESSURE ON RUBIO

The survey also found that an overwhelmingly majority (86%) of those polled felt that it was very or somewhat important that the U.S. fix its immigration system this year. Some advocates hope that these findings encourage Senator Marco Rubio to increase his support the bill.

“The time is now! There is broad consensus and bipartisan support for common sense immigration reform that provides a road to citizenship,” says Elena McCullough from Mi Familia Vota in Florida. “Let’s make sure that obstructionists who would stand in the way

understand they are standing in http://viagrapillnow.com/negative-influence-of-alcoholic-drinks-on-potency-in-male-persons/ the way of the American people. Let’s finally pass Immigration Reform in the US Senate and House of Representatives and end the politics and posturing.”

Rodriguez and Perera were far more direct in their message to Rubio, who many see as a strong contender for President in 2016.

“Senator Marco Rubio keeps forgetting what his constituents want and is now threatening to block immigration reform using border security as an excuse. The best way to secure our border is to have an orderly and possible legal immigration system,” said Rodriguez. “He has a choice. He can be our community’s Moses or our Judas. He can show visionary leadership or he can cow tow to the extreme, irrational elements within the Senate. The polls show repeatedly that Florida

has his back if he does the right thing. The question remains: will he have ours?”

“Senator Rubio was seen as a clear champion on this issue, but recent reporting reveal a double-talking salesman who is privately sabotaging the very bill he authored and publically supports ,” continued Perera. “Floridians want solid leadership not political opportunism from their elected officials.”

NATIONWIDE SUPPORT

The Florida poll was among a nationwide effort to gage immigration support nationwide. In all, an average of 67.76% of likely voters polled in 29 states said that they strongly or somewhat support bipartisan immigration reform legislation being debated in Washington.

“Public support for the bipartisan immigration proposal is both wide and deep,” said Brock McCleary, founder of Republican oriented Harper Polling. “When presented with the attributes of the measure, voters across the political spectrum responded overwhelmingly positive. The results indicate that immigration reform is poised to be a political winner for both Republicans and Democrats. I was struck by the urgency voters have to see action in Washington this year on immigration reform,” continued McCleary.

‘Whether it’s red states like Texas and Arkansas, purple states like Florida and North Carolina, or blue states like Illinois and Maine our polling on a path to citizenship all finds the same thing: strong bipartisan support,” said Tom Jenson, Director of Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning national polling firm. “Democrats, Republicans, and independents alike want their leaders in Congress to support the ‘Gang of 8’ immigration proposal, and they’re more likely to vote for them in the future if they do. This is a rare issue where doing what Republican voters want will make Democrats happy too and doing what Democratic voters want will make Republicans happy too. We’ve entered into a new era of public opinion on immigration reform where voters regardless of their party have a strong will to move forward, stated Jenson.

“The majority of Americans across state lines and party lines support comprehensive immigration reform,” said Partnership for a New American Economy Co-Chair and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “This is an issue that brings people together – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents in all fifty states know that until we fix our immigration system, we will continue hurting businesses, stifling innovation, and slowing economic growth.

Americans want reform and Washington should listen. I urge Congress to move quickly to pass immigration reform so that we can grow our economy and create American jobs.”

Full results of the Florida poll can be found here. A summary of all poll results can be found here.

The Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone surveys of likely voters were conducted between June 2-10, 2013. The poll has a minimum sample size of 500 respondents and a margin of error of less than 5%.