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Immigration Committee

We support our state League position.

The League of Women Voters of Florida recognizes that the state and America as a whole are lands of immigrants. They help weave the fabric and identity of our nation, and we believe it is critical for the U.S. to encourage their participation in our society and democracy. Because immigration was a major part of this election cycle’s conversation and continues to be a leading topic in the news, we hope to help people better understand the many facets of this complex issue. Issue Chair is Elizabeth Pines.




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Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free...
~Statue of Liberty


Immigration Committee Meetings
First Monthly Saturday, 10:00 am
Westminster Towers (1st FL Fireplace Rm)
1111 S Lakemont Avenue
Winter Park , FL 32789
CHAIRPERSONS:  Eithne Clarke and Eve Barbour

Visit our LWV of Florida state site for expanded information about our League stance on immigration.




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Our 2018-2019 Program Goals were reached after careful consideration at our Annual Meeting.

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Special Announcement

The LWVOC Immigration Committee has issued a
statement concerning recent developments of immigrant
children being separated from their parents at the border:

"As members of the Orange County League of Women Voters, the Immigration Committee is strongly affected, as we are sure we all are, by the images and reports of children being wrenched from the arms of their mothers at the US Southern Border and held in detention. We are seeing pictures of children in cage-like holding cells; children in orange jumpsuits; children crying while being separated from mothers. We are hearing about breast-feeding mothers having babies taken out of arms; mothers and fathers who are told they will never see their children again, which prompted one young migrant father to commit suicide. The travesty goes on. If you are offended by these actions, please speak up to your Congressional leaders and the agencies involved: Department of Homeland Security and Department of Health and Human Services.

The Immigration Committee has written the statement below as a guideline for communications:

 

The Immigration Committee of Orange County League of Women Voters strongly opposes the policy of separation of children from parents, and the subsequent detention of children away from parents. We endorse the statement of the American Academy of Pediatrics: "the psychological distress, anxiety and depression associated with separation from a parent would follow the children well after immediate period of separation, even after reunification." The Immigration Committee also supports the ACLU in their lawsuit seeking an injunction to halt this policy."

 

Phone numbers for Florida’s Representatives:

US Senator Marco Rubio: 202-224-3041

US Senator Bill Nelson: 202-224-5274

US Representative Darren Soto: 202-225-9889

US Representative Val Demings: 202-225-2176

US Representative Bill Posey: 202-225-3671

US Representative Stephanie Murphy: 202-225-4035



Topics of Interest

  • Need some basic facts to share as you discuss the immigration system in the US?


    48% of immigrants to US 2011-2015 were college graduates….compared to 31% of US born adults

    One in 2 of immigrant college grads is from Asia

    Latin Americans are the 2nd largest group of highly skilled immigrants

    In the rust belt areas like Michigan and Ohio 59-63% of recent immigrants had a bachelor degree
    but 27# of native born were college graduates


    DACA
    Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals started in 2012 with by 2016 66% of the immediately
    eligible had applied, 752,154 were approved 7% denied as of 8/2016.

    Top states for application for DACA were California 27%,Texas 16%,NY and Illinois 5# each with
    FLORIDA at 4#. Florida had 5# in renewals.


    THE CHILDREN
    Between October 2016 and January 2017 the US Border Patrol apprehended 25,694 unaccompanied children and
    54,147 family units 93% were from Mexico, Guatamala,
    El Salvador, and Honduras.