Federal Court Stops 13 Texas Counties from Purging Immigrant Voters


For Immediate Release
February 27, 2019
Contact: Karina Martínez at karinam@mifamiliavota.org


Federal Court Stops Counties from Purging Immigrant Voters

MFV calls on all citizens, including immigrant citizens, to exercise their right to vote

A federal court in Texas ordered 13 counties not to remove people from voter registration rolls and disproved Texas Secretary of State David Whitley’s claim that there are 95,000 “illegal” voters in Texas.

Mi Familia Vota  issued the following statement:

This was a shameless attempt by Secretary Whitley to replicate voter suppression tactics that have previously been foiled in other states like Florida. The ruling made clear that immigrant U.S. citizens were unfairly burdened by Secretary Whitley and that his discriminatory actions created a mess that jeopardizes the integrity of our election process.

Secretary Whitley’s claim that tens of thousands of voters were “illegal voters” was an attack on immigrants and Latinos, which was gleefully endorsed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and President Trump at the expense of our community. The ramifications extend beyond Texas as immigrant citizens across the nation experienced a sense of exclusion from civic life, but today’s ruling rightly concentrates on the equal voting rights protections for all citizens.

Mi Familia Vota calls on all citizens, regardless of national origin, in Texas and our nation to exercise their right to vote; we are not second-class citizens.


Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.