For Immediate Release
May 2, 2019
Contact: Karina Martínez at 858/752-1262 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Nancy Batista at Nancyb@mifamiliavota.org
MFV Denounces Florida “Family Separation” Bill SB168
Immigrant and Latino community vow to unite after being scorned by lawmakers
(Tallahassee, Florida) – SB 168 has passed both the Florida House and the Senate is heading to Governor Ron DeSantis to be signed into law. The bill passed 22-18 in the Senate and 68-45 in the House.
Nancy Batista, Florida state director for Mi Familia Vota, issued the following statement:
“Florida lawmakers have put the rights and wellbeing of Floridians, particularly those of Latinos and immigrants, at risk by passing SB168. This bill is founded on false anti-immigrant ideologies that are being dangerously incorporated into our communities through legislation. The use of companion bill HB527 made clear that supporters of this bill intended to expedite SB168 for the Governor to sign into law, regardless of community opposition or the economic and social consequences that it will have on our state.
“The components of this bill stand at odds with our values and will have deleterious impact on our community. By deputizing law enforcement as ICE agents (helping to fast-track deportations), SB168 will unnecessarily spawn fear and disruption into our routines and increases the likelihood that our families will be torn apart and separated. It will also make the most vulnerable in our communities more susceptible to become victims of crime for fear of interacting with law enforcement. The end result is severed trust between law enforcement and our community.
“MFV will continue to defend the rights of Latinos and immigrants and we urge for racial profiling or abuses of power to be reported. Moreover, we encourage our community to fight back by becoming more civically engaged and by getting more involved in the electoral process year-round. Together, we are building political power and we will achieve legislative bodies that represent our values.”
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.