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Venezuelan-American Leaders From Florida Blast Marco Rubio For Failing To Support Voting Rights Legislation

Last week, after lying about efforts to make it harder to vote in Florida and attacking efforts to restore provisions of the bipartisan Voting Rights Act as “ridiculous,” Marco Rubio voted against critical legislation to protect voting rights, ban partisan gerrymandering, and shine a light on dark money in elections. 

In response, Venezuelan-American leaders from across Florida released the following statement slamming Rubio for undermining the push for democracy in their home country with his  failure to support voting rights legislation: 

“Across Latin America, and especially in Venezuela, millions of people look to America as an example of freedom and democracy. As Venezuelans suffer under a brutal dictatorship, it’s no coincidence that many have fled to America, where the right to vote and participate in a democracy is a fundamental part of the American promise of opportunity for all.  

“Senator Marco Rubio is working to undermine this promise by opposing efforts to protect and expand voting rights. Spreading democracy and freedom starts at home, and it begins with protecting the right to vote in America. It is essential that the United States continues to serve as a beacon of hope for millions struggling for democracy across the globe, but unfortunately that status is under threat. Republican politicians are supporting new laws to make it more difficult to cast a ballot, and Senator Rubio has selfishly attacked efforts to protect voting rights to score political points for his own self-serving agenda. 

“Marco Rubio’s failure to stand up to protect Americans’ fundamental right to vote is a betrayal of American values that have inspired Venezuelan immigrants like us. If Rubio won’t support democracy in the United States, his pledge to stand for democracy in Latin America shamefully rings hollow.” 

Liz Rebecca Alarcon, Founder and Executive Director, Pulso

Hector Garcia Arcaya, U.S. Veteran

Luis Atencio, youth activist and community leader

Samantha Barrios, anti-gun violence activist

Virginia Brown, Founder and Director, Warm Welcoming Arms

Antonio Crespo, medical doctor

Adrian Delgado, President, Miami-Dade Young Dems

William Diaz, Founder and President, Casa de Venezuela Orlando

Karen Dommar, activist and advocate for immigrant education and LGBTQ+ rights

Kristelly Estanga, Tallassee resident

Ade Ferro, Director, Venezuelan American Caucus

Jose Gamboa, youth leader and LGBTQ+ activist

Cecilia Gonzalez, immigrants’ rights activist 

Eleazar Guevara, small business owner

Pepe Jordan-Gutierrez, youth leader

Soraya Marquez, State Director, Mi Familia Vota

Oswaldo Muñoz, business owner

Virginia Celli Olivo, South Florida leader

Maria Puerta Riera, political science professor

Elias Rosenfeld, immigrants’ rights activist 

Samuel Vilchez Santiago, Board Member, Venezuelan American Caucus

Giulianna Di Laura Velez, State Director, Poder Latinx

Christine Vivas, South Florida leader

Jose Vivas, South Florida leader


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