Published on November 9, 2012, by VDLFA Staff in English.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 8, 2012

CONTACT: Joe Shansky (414) 218-3331


The Latino vote in the battleground state of Wisconsin was critical nationally in helping to re-elect President Obama, with 65% of Latinos supporting him in the state, according to a report released yesterday by the Pew Hispanic Center entitled, “Latino Voters in the 2012 Election.”

In Wisconsin, Voces de la Frontera Action organized 250 volunteers in the past month leading up to the election and successfully mobilized Latino voters to re-elect President Obama and elect Tammy Baldwin to the US Senate.  Voces de la Frontera Action focused our efforts in 22 Milwaukee wards, specifically in wards with the highest concentration of Latino voters.

Preliminary data in 9 of the wards Voces de la Frontera Action targeted showed an increase of voter turnout of around 68% compared to the 2008 presidential election.  We knocked on 24,278 doors, and made 9,465 calls to Latino voters in the cities of Milwaukee, Kenosha, Green Bay, Lake Geneva, and Walworth County. 

This also reflects a national trend, with Latinos representing the youngest and fastest growing ethnic group, and demonstrating their electoral power. According to the Pew Hispanic report, nationally, Latino voters were decisive in the presidential election, with 71% of Latino voters voting for Obama, while 27% voted for Romney.

According to Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director:

“Now is the time for bold and visionary action on federal immigration reform. The President’s move to provide relief to hundreds of thousands undocumented youth through deferred action, was instrumental in the remarkable Latino voter turnout that we saw on election night. But this support comes with a mandate.

We demand that President Obama and the US Congress prioritize federal immigration reform that keeps families together, protects workers rights, and provides a path to citizenship.  It is within the power of the President to hold ICE accountable to their enforcement priorities and stop criminalizing immigrants that present no danger to society- and to grant meaningful relief to those facing deportation.”

In national exiting polls by CNN, 77% of Latino voters said that immigrants should be offered a chance to apply for legal status. Among all voters, 65% said these immigrants should be offered a chance to apply for legal status.

These election results show that for both Republicans and Democrats, standing in the way of immigration reform now will be at their own peril.

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Published on October 24, 2012, by VDLFA Staff in English.

Once again, our partners at People for the American Way (PFAW) have released a video that features our own VFA members speaking out against voting for Romney as members of the Latino community!

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Published on October 17, 2012, by VDLFA Staff in English.

VOCES DE LA FRONTERA ACTION
1027 S 5th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204
Tel: (414) 643-1620 Fax: (414) 643-1621

Web:www.vdlfa.org
Email: vdlf@vdlf.org

Voces de la Frontera Action is looking for dynamic individuals to assist in our voter mobilization efforts for the November 6th Presidential election.
JOB TITLE: Temporary Canvasser
HOURLY WAGE: $10, Mon.-Thurs. 3:30pm-7:30pm, Sat.-Sun. 1pm-5pm

QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Able to work under varied weather conditions
2. Be able to walk for an extended period of time
3. Strong communication and interpersonal skills; ability to work well with a variety of people.
4. Bilingual English/Spanish, verbal and written
5. Supports the Voces de la Frontera Action mission.

CONTACT/SUPERVISOR: Juan Ruiz, Community/Electoral Organizer (414) 218-7115

JOB GOAL: To work with a team of canvassers in order to cover our targeted constituent base in Milwaukee’s south side with the goal of mobilizing the Latino vote during the Presidential election, in which we promote support for candidate Barack Obama.

PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Gather voter data/information from constituents
2. Complete a daily report about canvass results
3. Must be on time every day and record hours worked
4. Follow directions in regards to data collection
5. Write legibly
6. Maintain confidentiality of records and personal information obtained at doors at all times
7. Must contact Juan Ruiz at least two hours in advance if not able to work on a certain day

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Position is temporary, beginning on Saturday, October 6 2012 and ending on Tuesday, November 6 2012. This is a grant funded position, specifically for electoral work.

 

Presidential Debate Round 2: Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney

Last night’s heated debate was the  second in a 3-round face-off  between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney.

The candidates spoke about their platforms on the economy, tax cuts, job creation, education, the attacks on Lybia, healthcare, women’s rights, Pell grants, and for once, immigration.

Mitt Romney was the first to speak on the immigration issue, stating that the  United States is “a nation of immigrants” and that “we welcome legal immigrants into this country.”  He went on to say that “the kids of those that came here illegally… should have a pathway to become a permanent resident of the United States and military service, for instance, is one way they would have that kind of pathway to become a permanent resident”. 

But isn’t this the same candidate who said during his party’s nominee race that he would veto the DREAM Act at first chance, and had previously stated that:

“I very firmly believe that we have to make sure that we enforce our borders, that we have an employment verification system, and that those people who have come here illegally do not get an advantage to become permanent residents, they do not get a special pathway.” – Mitt Romney 6/3/2007 Manchester, NH

Why the sudden change in position?  Is it, perhaps, because the Romney campaign is beginning to understand that the Latino voter block is a largely significant factor in deciding who wins the Presidential title on November 6?

Recent polls show that President Barack Obama leads by 66% within the Latino voter community, compared to the 31% percent that Romney has won overall across the U.S.

So the public is left to wonder: is Mitt Romney’s strategy to win the Latino vote to play musical chairs with his stances on issues like immigartion?  Does he sincerely believe that Latino voters will have forgotten his brown-face stunt on Univision by now or the fact that he has disrespected the community by joking (behind closed-doors at a private fundraiser) that if he were Latino, his chances of winning the election would be better?

We’re sorry you feel that way, Mitt, but the Latino community has spoken loud and clear:  President Barack Obama- we’ve got his back.

During his term, Obama has managed to do everything in his power and has sought cooperation from Congress to mobilize the issue of comprehensive immigration reform.

His administration passed Deferred Action, the program that allows young immigrants to stay in the United States and gives them permission to work legally.  The President stated that his immigration policy includes “streamlining the legal immigration system and making it easier and cheaper for people who are waiting in line and obeying the laws to come to the U.S.”

Obama continued to defend his stance on the issue by asserting that he seeks to help those who are harmless and useful to the nation:

“If we’re going to go after folks who are here illegally, we should do it smartly and go after folks who are criminals, gang bangers, people who are hurting the community, not after students, not after folks who are here just because they’re trying to figure out how to feed their families. And that’s what we’ve done.”– Barack Obama 10/16/12 Long Island, NY

This portion of the debate ended with Obama making the promise that he “…can deliver … to get comprehensive immigration reform done” and Romney evading further questions by switching the topic to pensions and China.

 

 

 
Published on October 16, 2012, by VDLFA Staff in English.

Voces de la Frontera Action is proud to announce a partnership with SEIU and the AFL-CIO to turn out the Latino vote in November, targeting key Wisconsin markets.

Each organization has donated $15k toward VFA’s Get-Out-The-Vote campaign

We look forward to a very fruitful collaboration with labor this fall to mobilize the progressive vote“, said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera Action.