MI FAMILIA VOTA ALERT: Over 626,000 Eligible Voters in Florida Will Receive Voter Registration Forms This Week


March 28, 2016

Contact: Juana Esquivel, juanae@mifamiliavota.org, (323) 317-6311

MI FAMILIA VOTA ALERT: Over 626,000 Eligible Voters in Florida Will Receive Voter Registration Forms This Week

Starting today, over 626,000 eligible voters in Florida will receive voter registration forms by mail. The Voter Participation Center, MFV along with other partners are making sure that eligible Latino voters are register to cast their ballots in the November election.

According to the Voter Participation Center, nationally, there are about 53 million members of the Rising American Electorate—people of color, unmarried women and millennials—who are not currently registered to vote. And, in Florida around 40% of Rising American Electorate voters were not registered in 2014

If eligible voters don’t receive the forms in the next couple of days, they can go to www.mifamiliavota.org or call 1-888-VeYVota for more information on how to register and how to exercise their right to vote.

Our families, our community, and our country needs you to participate. November’s election will be historic and will determine what kind of country we want in upcoming years and perhaps a generation.

Elections matter, elections have consequences and for those who are eligible to participate it’s a right and responsibility to participate.





March 9, 2016

Media Contact: Gebe Martinez gebem@mifamiliavota.org



 Ahead of April 18th oral arguments, advocates, business leaders, elected officials and eligible DACA+/DAPA recipients demonstrate strong support for President Obama’s Executive Actions

TAMPA, FL—Today, Florida elected officials, local advocates and community leaders signed on to amicus briefs filed in U.S. v. Texas, the Supreme Court case that will determine the fate of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration - and will affect the lives of millions of undocumented immigrants and American families.

In a show of solidarity, brief signatories and supporters of the DACA+/DAPA programs noted the positive impact that they will have for our country, and the ways in which the implementation of the programs will improve the lives of millions of immigrants who are already living in the U.S. and contributing to our economy and to our communities.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn was one of 84 mayors, cities and local government officials as well as the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities that signed on to an amicus brief, as well as 218 current senators and members of Congress; and 326 immigrants’ rights, civil rights and labor groups, including Mi Familia Vota.

Esteban Garces, Florida State Director for Mi Familia Vota, said most of the families who would apply for the immigration initiatives include American citizens, including children of DAPA parents, who will be voting on behalf of their families this November.

“They are already part of our communities, of our churches and schools, and of our local workforce. We should embrace their contributions that benefit all of us, instead of trying to rip apart families,” Garces said.

About 229,000 Florida residents are eligible for DAPA and DACA+ and implementation of the programs would result in a $9.4 billion cumulative increase in state gross domestic product (GDP) over 10 years. To learn more about the impact of the President’s immigration programs on Florida click here.

To read all of the amicus briefs filed in support of DACA and DAPA, visit: http://www.fightforfamilies.org/press-and-resources/#legalResources.





Press Conference

WEDNESDAY - April 1 – 5:30PM 


Orlando, FL -- With immigration relief initiatives temporarily frozen by a Texas judge, and Congress unwilling to move toward long-term immigration reform, Latino vote advocates will kick off voter registration and training at a news conference on Wednesday, April 1, at 5:30PM at Mi Familia Vota Education Fund’s Orlando office, 948 S. Semoran Blvd., Suite 106., Orlando, FL

Voter registration drive partners include the League of Women Voters, SEIU, and State Voices.

Following the news conference we will lead a voter registration training for volunteers who will be signing up voters during April.

“The Latino community is getting ready to engage in the 2016 elections,” said Jose Luis Marantes, Florida State Director for MFVEF. “We will not remain idle while the lawsuit challenging President Obama’s immigration initiatives winds its way through the courts. We know we will ultimately win, but in the meantime, we are ready to get involved,” Marantes added.


WHAT: #WeAreReady to Register to Vote news conference and training

WHO: Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, League of Women Voters, Faith in Florida, Latino Justice, MIRA USA, and others

WHEN: Wednesday, April 1, 5:30PM

WHERE: Mi Familia Vota’s Orlando office, 948 S. Semoran Blvd., Suite 106 


Contact: Soraya Marquez – 407-285-6697 – SorayaM@mifamiliavota.org

Follow us on Twitter: MiFamiliaVotaFL, Hashtag: #WeAreReady


MFV EF and Immigrants’ Rights Advocates to Update Drive for Administrative Relief on Immigration

For Immediate Release

January 13, 2015

Contact: Soraya Marquez – 407-285-6697





MFV EF and Immigrants’ Rights Advocates to Update Drive for Administrative Relief on Immigration


ORLANDO, FL -- As the Republican-controlled House readies to vote Tuesday for an extreme anti-immigrant bill that seeks to undo and defund President Obama’s administrative relief programs on immigration (DAPA and DACA), Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, and allies will hold a news conference to defend the initiatives and discuss how Latino communities are preparing to sign up for the programs in coming weeks.

Last November, President Obama announced administrative relief from deportation for eligible immigrant children -- an expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrives program that began in 2012. The president also will defer deportation for eligible, unauthorized parents of U.S. citizens and parents of lawful permanent residents (LPRs). However, the GOP-led House has prepared a bill that would undo the 2012 and 2014 programs and attacks other long-standing initiatives based on humanitarian considerations.

Conservative Governors from 25 states have also filed a politically driven lawsuit attacking the president’s authority to provide relief to immigrants. The Latino community will push back against these political tactics that hurt our families, our economy and community safety.


WHAT: News Conference standing up for administrative relief on immigration and community response

WHO: Mi Familia Vota and Immigrant Advocates, Organizations, and Allies

WHEN: Thursday, January 15, 2015 – 3PM EST

WHERE: Mi Familia Vota State Office- 948 S Semoran Blvd, Suite 106, Orlando, FL 32807 




Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, Voto Latino, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Latino Victory Project and 50-plus groups Launch Robust National Voter Registration Drive

For Immediate Release

September 15, 2014

Contact: Jose Luis Marantes


Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, Voto Latino, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Latino Victory Project and 50-plus groups Launch Robust National Voter Registration Drive


 MFVEF FL takes #PowerOfOurVote campaign Central FL communities to help deliver record Latino turnout in 2014 Midterm Elections


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sept. 15, 2014 – Today, Mi Familia Vota Education Fund (MFVEF), Voto Latino and more than 50 partners* are launching an online and grassroots voter registration campaign in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Our collective voice will ensure elected officials no longer ignore us or the issues that impact the Latino community.


The campaign kickoff urges Latinos to register to vote and then take their families, neighbors, and friends to the ballot box on Election Day, November 4. Only by exercising the power of their vote, can the Latino community influence real policy changes.


The campaign will have three main voter registration pushes: today (September 15), September 23 (National Voter Registration Day), and October 15 (the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month). The initiative is the first of its kind to mobilize Latinos during Hispanic Heritage Month and brings together partners across all industries to put the needs of the Latino community above individual politics.


Hispanic Heritage Month of Action relies heavily on digital and social media assets, along with ground components in key states like Florida, including focused outreach by MFVEF Florida to young Latinos who have reached voting age as well as Latinos who are eligible to vote but have not yet registered.


In Florida, MFVEF will be canvassing in Orange and Osceola Counties and working the telephones in Tampa.


Ben Monterroso, executive director of Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, said the Latino community will not remain silent after the political stalemate in Washington over immigration reform.


“Latinos understand that the only real way to impact our future is with a strong showing of our voting power. We began the immigration debate with our record turnout in the 2012 Election, and we will continue fighting for our community and for immigration reform by voting,” Monterroso said.


José Luis Marantes, State Director for MFVEF FL, said that through voter registration, "Latino youth and their families will channel their dreams, hopes, and concerns towards the polls this November"


The initiative is led online by Voto Latino, on the ground by Mi Familia Vota Education Fund in key Latino states, and nationally with partners, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, ImpreMedia, Entravision, Liberman Broadcasting, Cosmo Latina, Being Latino, Alliance for Citizenship, Latino Victory Project and others.* Voto Latino Chairwoman Rosario Dawson, Voto Latino Artist Coalition co-Chairs America Ferrera and Wilmer Valderrama, and Latino Victory Project co-founder Eva Longoria are also lending their voices to the campaign, which runs through October 15, the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month.


“We are calling American Latinos to rise above our political differences and to unite as a community this November,” said María Teresa Kumar, President and CEO, Voto Latino. “Today and for the next month, we will show that Latinos stand tall because we have pride in our culture, and we recognize the power of our vote.”


“Pride in our Latino culture includes pride in our Nation. As Americans, we are proud to exercise our right to vote and elect officials who reflect the values of our communities. We stand with our partners to mobilize our communities, register our family and friends, and ensure a path to reach the polls on Election Day,” said Cristóbal Alex, President of the Latino Victory Project. “Exercising our right to vote builds power in the Latino community so that the faces and voices of Latinos are reflected at every level of government and in the policies that drive our country forward.”


More than 7.8 million Latinos are expected to vote this November, up from 6.6 million Latinos who voted in the last midterm election in 2010, according to projections by National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). The record Latino voter turnout in 2012 propelled immigration to the top of the policy agenda. Latino voters must be heard again to create the political climate to find solutions for immigration, the economy, and other issues important to the Latino community.


For more information about Hispanic Heritage Month of Action, visit www.latinos2014.com.



* List of Partner Orgs:

Voto Latino, Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Alliance for Citizenship, America’s Voice, Being Latino, Brown Beauty Productions, Casa de Esperanza, Center for Community Change, Colorado Immigration Voter Accountability Project, Cosmo Latina, D&P Creative Strategies, Entravision Communications, Familia Es Familia, Fox News Latino, Friends of the American Latino Museum, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, Hispanic Federation, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Hispanic National Bar Association, Hispanic Technology and Communications Partnership, Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, ImpreMedia, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, Latino List, Latino Victory Project, League of United Latin American Citizens, Liberman Broadcasting Inc, Media Matters, Nacional Records, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund, National Council of La Raza, National Hispana Leadership Institute, National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, New America Alliance, Poder PAC, SEIU, SER-Jobs for Progress National, Inc., The Adelante Movement, The Latino Coalition, U.S.-Mexico Foundation, Diego Bernal, Rosario Dawson, Fernando Espuelas, America Ferrera, Eva Longoria, Wilmer Valderrama



Alerta de Evento: Informativo Sobre La Reforma Migratoria

¿Tienes preguntas sobre la reforma migratoria? 

Acompaña a Mi Familia Vota Florida en Sanford para un informativo sobre todo lo que debes saber sobre la reforma que podría ayudar a millones de personas en Estados Unidos. 

Todo comienza a las 4 p.m. el próximo sabado, 26 de julio. 

¡No se lo pierdan! 



Alerta de Evento: Feria de Salud Gratis

Acompañanos el sabado, 19 de julio en una feria de salud totalmente GRATIS. 

¡Allí nos vemos! 

Feria de Salud-Florida


In the News: Importancia del voto hispano en la Florida Central (Telemundo Orlando)

Florida State Coordinator Soraya Marquez spoke to Telemundo Orlando about the importance of local elections and primary voting.

Check out her interview here:



Mi Familia Vota Florida Launches New Immigration Reform Campaign

More and more people are supporting immigration reform each day!

Check out the new campaign we've launched. 

Yo apoyo la reforma migratoria y tu? 




Senate Immigration Bill Passes with Bipartisan Support, One Step Closer to Fixing Broken System


TAMPA, FLORIDA—Today, Senator Marco Rubio cast a critical vote to pass historic immigration reform legislation. The bill cleared the Senate with a bipartisan majority of 68-32, including every Democrat and 14 Republicans.


Mi Familia Vota and other leading immigrant advocates have been fighting for many years for a commonsense immigration reform that would remove the shadow of deportation from our hard working immigrant communities. Now is finally the time to pass legislation that fixes our country’s dysfunctional immigration system once and for all. While we know that the bill is far from perfect, we understand that this may be our only chance to pass comprehensive immigration reform. The massive build-up at the Southern border will have serious ramifications for border communities and American taxpayers. Moving forward we shall not compromise on ensuring key principles remain in tact on the bill as it moves to through the House including keeping families together, assuring workers rights, and most importantly ensuring a path to citizenship for 11 million. 


“Today is a historic day in America,” said Elena McCullough, Florida State Director of Mi Familia Vota,  “We celebrate the Senate passage of the bill this afternoon. We also look forward to working with our Florida congressional delegation for full passage of the bill in Congress and a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants.”


Senator Rubio’s vote was entirely consistent with public opinion in his state in support of immigration reform. Recently, Harper Polling/Public Policy Polling conducted a statewide poll sponsored by the Alliance for Citizenship, Partnership for a New American Economy, and Republicans for Immigration Reform that showed that 71% support the Senate bill. Moreover, 52% of those polled in the state are more likely to vote for an elected official who supports comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship. 


The recent Congressional Budget Office analysis helps quantify the economic benefits of the bipartisan Senate bill, demonstrating that the bill would decrease the federal deficit by $197 billion over the next 10-year period. And it would be hugely beneficial for state and local economies. In a 20-year outlook, the CBO estimated that comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship would further decrease the federal deficit by another $700 billion by 2033.


Republicans in the House under Speaker Boehner’s leadership must realize that the American people are on the side of reform and want to see Congress solve this problem. They must find a way forward to make a pathway to citizenship for millions a reality. Thanks to support from Senators like Marco Rubio and his colleagues on both sides of the aisle, there is now even more pressure on the House to get on board and fix our broken immigration system, once and for all.  


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