Anu Joshi, Deputy Director
Immigrant Action Endorses Marisol Alcántara for NYS Senate District 31 Seat
New York, NY — Today, Immigrant Action (The New York State Immigrant Action Fund), one of the largest 501(c)(4) immigrant rights groups in the country, endorsed Marisol Alcántara for the 31st District State Senate seat in the September 13th Primary Election. Joined by several union leaders representing workers in the 31st district, Immigrant Action Executive Director Steve Choi noted, “Marisol represents what is best about this country--and the values that Immigrant Action Fund is fighting for. Having moved to the United States as a child, she uniquely understands the power of immigrants and their families to work together to fight for the common good.”
“Immigrant Action is dedicated to supporting candidates and elected officials who will fight for immigrant communities and support humane immigrant policies. Marisol is one of those people. Since working to enfranchise Latino voters in the 2004 and 2008 elections, she has dedicated herself to working for the rights of low wage workers through her work with unions like SEIU 32BJ, SEIU 758, UNITE HERE Local 100 and the Immigrant Worker Assistance Alliance.”
Upon receiving Immigrant Action’s endorsement, Marisol Alcántara commented, “It is incredibly meaningful to have the support of Immigrant Action, and I know the urgency of passing immigration reforms first hand. I know the anxiety and suffering that families living in the shadows of our broken immigration system suffer every day. That’s why I’ll fight to ensure tuition equality for all New Yorkers, protect farmworkers from abuse and exploitation, ensure all immigrants can obtain a driver’s license, and expand higher education opportunities for all students. With violence against immigrants on the rise, and Donald Trump’s hate speech dominating the news, I’ll be a champion for immigrants in Albany.”
"Es muy importante tener el respaldo del Fondo de Acción Inmigrante del Estado de Nueva York, y conozco a primera instancia la urgencia de aprobar una reforma migratoria", dijo Alcántara. "Conozco la ansiedad y el sufrimiento que experimentan cada día las familias que viven a las sombras de nuestro sistema quebrantado de inmigración. Es por eso que lucharé por aprobar el DREAM Act, proteger del abuso y la explotación a los trabajadores de las granjas, asegurar que los inmigrantes indocumentados obtengan una licencia de manejar y ampliar las oportunidades de educación post-secundaria para todos los estudiantes. Con el aumento en la violencia contra los inmigrantes y el mensaje de odio de Donald Trump dominando los titulares, seré una defensora de los inmigrantes en Albany".
The endorsement from Immigrant Action, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit that promotes the rights and socio-economic well-being of immigrants and refugees across New York State, follows their earlier announcement of support for Hillary Clinton ahead of the April Presidential primary election, which spurred the candidate to promise the creation of a national Office of New Americans.
Ms. Alcantara is being challenged by ex-City Councilman Robert Jackson and former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Chief of Staff Micah Lasher.