The one thing that Donald Trump and the Republican Party fear more than anything else is a large and diverse electorate. Hillary Clinton is taking steps make those fears a reality by launching a nationwide voter registration drive featuring DREAMers.
The Clinton campaign announced:
On the four- year anniversary tomorrow when the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals’ (DACA) enrollment began, Hillary for America is launching a national voter registration program, “Mi Sueño, Tu Voto” (My Dream, Your Vote), to organize DREAMers to mobilize their communities and ask voters to consider what is at stake for their families in November. “DREAMers have played a pivotal role in our campaign, advocating for families who constantly live in fear of deportation–so we’ve created a program that aims to turn these stories into action,” said Lorella Praeli, National Director of the Latino Vote. The program calls on DREAMers across the country to join the campaign’s grassroots efforts to secure commitments from their community to vote for their future in November.
“We founded this program on the premise that, one by one– through friends, families, co-workers or classmates– DREAMers’ futures would be considered on Election day, ” stated Praeli.” “We may not have the right to vote, but “Mi Sueño, Tu Voto” will help ensure that our stories are heard and it will send a clear signal to Donald Trump that we cannot be silenced,” said Astrid Silva, Nevada DREAMer and immigrant rights activist. Hillary for America will be holding events across the country this week, including in Florida, Nevada and North Carolina, to unveil the program. “Mi Sueño, Tu Voto” will also serve to remind voters of Donald Trump’s hateful and dangerous agenda, highlighting his pledge to eliminate DACA and deport millions of DREAMers and immigrant families.
When Trump and Republicans warn that the election is rigged and that the nation needs voter ID laws, they aren’t trying to protect the integrity of US elections. What Republicans are really up to is an effort to make it more difficult for non-white conservatives who typically support Democrats to vote.
The polls show Hillary Clinton leading Trump, but the Clinton campaign not taking anything for granted.
In an election year where Republicans have demonized immigrants and DREAMers, the Clinton voter registration drive is sending a powerful message that Democrats are going to fight against voter suppression at every level. Trump already has historically low support among Latino voters, and the voter registration drive will take the message into communities around this country that the Democratic Party is the place for Latino voters to be.
The combination of Donald Trump’s bigotry and Hillary Clinton’s voter outreach could lead to a devastating result for the Republican Party on Election Day.