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Let’s show our power in 2016

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
February 04, 2016

It’s hard not to react out of anger or fear when we feel robbed of the lives we’ve established here, when we’re told yet again that our issues and our families don’t matter.

In 2015, we learned what many politicians think about the immigrant community; it was a year of harmful legislation, racist rhetoric and political games. 2016 started with a similar tone as a new wave of raids continues to target Central Americans fleeing violence.

Our community has been - and continues to be - under attack.

But whether the current political climate has you feeling defeated or energized, the immigrant community must not forget the power we hold to truly make an impact.

Elections matter. The more immigrants and Latinos who turn out to vote in 2016 - and any election - the more politicians will be held accountable to our community and our issues. The more of us who vote, the more power we will have.

Check out the new Civic Engagement resource page of our website, where you’ll learn how you can be a part of our power-building movement.

The potential to grow our community’s power is great. Right now in the U.S., there are...
8.8 million lawful permanent residents eligible for citizenship
1.9 million U.S. citizen children of immigrants who are at least 18
11.5 million Latino voters who didn’t vote in the 2012 elections

If only 20% of these potential voters participate in 2016, this would add an astonishing 4.4 million Latino and immigrant voters to the electorate.

And our potential impact keeps growing: every two-year election cycle, a new 1.8 million U.S. citizen children of immigrants turn 18 and become eligible to vote.

Become a naturalized citizen - and do it now.

More citizens equals more voters. Today, there are 40,000 immigrants living in Charlotte who are eligible for citizenship but have not yet naturalized. In Raleigh this number is 46,000, in Greensboro it is 27,000 and nationwide it is 8.8 million.

Click here for more information on our upcoming naturalization workshops.

There can be a 5 - 6 month period after the application is filed to schedule a naturalization exam and process the application. To participate in the 2016 elections in November, you should get ready and apply immediately.

We cannot afford to not exercise our political power. If we become known as a group that does not participate in elections, we jeopardize our future: at best, we will be ignored and at worst, we will be ostracized.

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