COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) – In a story Nov. 1 about Maryland’s immigrant voters, Capital News Service reported erroneously that the name of an immigrant advocacy group was CASA de Maryland. It is named CASA. Also, the story should have made clear that a CASA sister organization, CASA in Action, is a political action committee.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Maryland’s newest citizens vote to defend immigrants
Faced with a Republican candidate who threatens to identify and deport all immigrants living in the country illegally on his first day in office, many Maryland Latino voters see the election as an opportunity to send a message from those unable to speak for themselves
Faced with a Republican candidate who threatens to identify and deport all undocumented immigrants on his first day in office, many Maryland Latino voters see the election as an opportunity to send a message from those unable to speak for themselves.
University of Maryland undergraduate student Tatiana Escobar, 20, a naturalized citizen as of Oct. 5, said she feels that it is her duty to vote for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Election Day now that she has the privilege.
“Voting gives people voices,” she told Capital News Service. “Maybe some people don’t see it that way, but I really do think that way and mainly in a presidential election … we need to focus on who we elect as commander-in-chief.”
Latino voters are a growing portion of Maryland’s electorate, and many feel solidarity with undocumented friends and family unable to cast ballots. They feel that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s promise to deport immigrants without proper papers has struck close to home.
“The reality is we all know someone who is undocumented,” said Janet Hernandez, senior civic engagement project manager for Washington-based National Council of La Raza. “When people vote, they’re going to vote with that in mind.”
La Raza’s Action PAC has endorsed Clinton.
By ELEANOR MUELLER and KIMBERLY ESCOBAR – Associated Press for The Washington Times
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