This year, a total of 9 anti-immigrant and anti-refugee bills threatened families in the state of Florida. It was the participation and commitment of our members and allies that defeated all 9 bills, and once again led We Are Florida! to victory. Thank you to the thousands of immigrant families, farmworkers, faith leaders, and voters who signed petitions, visited or called their legislators, led local actions and mobilized to Tallahassee to share their stories. We have proven time and time again that when we stand together for what’s right, we are powerful.
We also celebrate the passing of KidCare, which after nearly 10 years of advocating in support, will finally help thousands of permanent resident children who will no longer have to wait 5 years to access to health care. We must be cautiously enthusiastic as we await for Governor Scott to sign this bill into law.
We thank Senator Diaz de la Portilla for standing up for our community and stopping these bills from moving in the Senate. We also thank our champions in the House, including Representative Jose Javier Rodriguez, Representative Hazelle Rogers and many others, who stood up in committee meetings and on the House Floor to defend immigrant families and our local governments.
With the legislative session now over, our voter engagement and education programs will launch and gain momentum. We ask for your continuous support as we take on the challenges leading up to November. We have a responsibility to hold our elected officials accountable and to continue to fight for dignity and justice for our loved ones.
We Are Florida! Nou Se Florid! Somos Florida!
We Work, We Vote, We Count!
Nou Travay, Nou Vote, Nou Konte!
Nosotros Trabajamos, Nosotros Votamos, Nosotros Contamos!
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