Gov. Rick Scott a Divisive Foe to Our Families, Until He Wants Our Votes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, April 6, 2018
Contact: Thomas Kennedy,, 786.346.0819 (English, Spanish)
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Gov. Rick Scott a Divisive Foe to Our Families, Until He Wants Our Votes
Florida’s immigrant community won’t forget Scott’s constant attacks on immigrants, refugees and low income Floridians.
Florida – On April 9, Governor Rick Scott announced his run for the Senate. Considering his long history of attacks on immigrants and refugees, the Latino community voted against him by large margins during his reelection campaign. It’s no surprise that his announcement was met by skepticism by some and even fear by others.
The following statement is from Maria Rodriguez, Executive Director of FLIC Votes:

Rick Scott started his political ambitions by promising to severely crack down on immigrant communities, threatening to break families apart and pitting Floridian against Floridian. As governor, he attempted to purge naturalized citizens from the voter polls, blocked federal relief for immigrant families (DAPA), and allowed attacks on refugees seeking asylum. These are all aggressive anti-immigrant, anti-Latino attacks that hurt not just us, but our state and the fabric of our communities. His constant attacks are part of why we have had to issue a travel advisory for Florida under this administration.

But the truth is, all of us have been failed by the current administration in Tallahassee, as well as politicians in DC. Whether it is Medicaid expansion, the budget for public schools or building up the detention and deportation machine, Florida families deserve leadership that represents our common, interdependent interests, not just the political ambition of millionaires.

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FLIC Votes seeks to expand democracy by shaping an active and conscious electorate which reflects the diversity of Florida.

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