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Nancy Flores, National Partnership for New Americans
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Immigrants and refugees have come under sharp attack since the rise of xenophobic rhetoric and policies over the last few years. They have responded by becoming U.S. citizens in record numbers. Over the last six years alone, around 5 million new citizens who have naturalized will be able to vote in the 2020 presidential election, according to NPNA’s “Naturalize Now, Vote Tomorrow report.” This critical trend stands to fundamentally change the power and recognition of immigrants in the electoral process. With this recent spike, Naturalized immigrants now comprise 1 in 10 eligible voters in the U.S., and they make up 67% all AAPI voters and 25% of all Latinx voters. This shows a doubling of the immigrant electorate since 2000.
Over the last six years, New American voters have become a large voting block. Yet there remains a 10-point gap between voting rates of naturalized citizens and the native-born. In, “Turning out the Immigrant Vote in a historic Election Year” the group will discuss what these trends mean and work being done to engage and enfranchise New American Voters in 2020 and beyond.
About the speaker: Originally from Los Angeles, California Nancy Flores has always had a deep connection to the struggles of immigrants and low wage workers. Growing up, her parents who are now naturalized citizens from Mexico, embodied this intersection. Nancy comes to NPNA from Voces de la Frontera, Wisconsin’s leading immigrant rights group and a member organization of NPNA. Nancy’s track record includes, but is not limited to; successfully organizing and advocating for hundreds of families facing deportation, established multiple programs including leadership pipelines for youth and immigrant women, led statewide policy campaigns, and national campaigns and fundraising efforts.
This event is part of Welcoming Week 2020. Welcoming Week is a global celebration that that brings together immigrants and U.S.-born community members to get to know one another and build community. Events will take place in Champaign County from Saturday, September 12 through Sunday, September 20. See the full list of events here.
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